Last updated: 11.04.2024.

LAUNCH: Visual History Project
Thursday, April 11, 2024:
Seminar Rooms G010 and G011, Hardiman Building

VIsual History Project Launch President VIsual History Project Launch Jane Conroy

Above: Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President,
University of Galway, at the
launch of the Visual History Project. 

Above: Professor Jane Conroy at the
launch of the Visual History Project.

Visual History Project

This is the culmination of the project on A Visual History Archive for NUI Galway: the Retired Staff Collection, which, working with the NUI Galway Library, has produced a visual history photographic database up to 1995. The role of retired staff members of the University community in assembling the Archive is recognised through its being titled The Retired Staff Collection. Each image is accompanied by an acknowledgement of its contributor.  This project has been led by Professor Jane Conroy, Professor Gerard Jennings and Dr. Séamus Mac Mathúna. Project website here.

Saturday, May 4: 10am–12 noon

Digital Skills Workshop
Optimising use of your smartphone 

Two-hour workshop on campus; will be delivered by an experienced tutor from GRETB. Registration for this event is mandatory and RSA members will be emailed all details + registration form link. 

Tuesday, May 7:
(Location to be decided)

An tOllamh Liam Lillis Ó Laoire will give a talk entitled Yesterday's Twilight: Séamus Ó Grianna's song Thíos i Lár an Ghleanna in cultural and historical context. This will be followed by light refreshments.

May 28–30: upcoming trip, Roscommon & Leitrim, May 2024

May 28–30, 2024. Download itinerary here: Roscommon & Leitrim 2024 itinerary .

Advance booking essential. Download booking form (it includes all details re payment, etc.) here: Roscommon & Leitrim 2024 booking form.

University Short Courses

Details on short courses are available at: www.universityofgalway/shortcourses.

Agallamh na Seanórach Coffee Mornings

Due to changes in university policies, the old arrangements for coffee mornings  have ceased and various constraints have hindered making alternative arrangements. So for the moment we are unable to publish a full schedule for the year.


RSA Travel Committee:

Suggestions from members for future trips are very welcome. Previous destinations have included St Petersburg, Cuba, Sicily, Central Spain, The Baltic States and Finland.


The Retired Staff Research Support Fund has been suspended until further notice.


Since January 2020, in line with the University's environmental sustainability policy, the Retired Staff Association's practice has been to communicate by website and email with the retired staff community.

Arrangements for events organised by the RSA, when confirmed, will be posted on this website. They will be emailed to all retired staff who have agreed to receive emails from the RSA and who have provided an active email address. So, if you would like to receive advance notice of events and activities by email please send your active email address to Donal Igoe ( The frequency of email posting will be limited and normally should not exceed a monthly emailing.


The Registrar's Office, in collaboration with the Retired Staff Association, has initiated a series of podcasts to focus on  memorable aspects of University of Galway's history.

Retired staff are invited to propose topics for these 15–20 minute programmes. These can range widely from personal recollections or achievements to important developments or events. Full details, and an Interview proposal form are available here

Further queries may be emailed to Dermot Flaherty (Deputy President & Registrars Office), or Michael Cuddy (Retired Staff Association, University of Galway).

The first podcast, which recalls the visit of Nelson Mandela to the University, went online in February 2021.


Remember that parking permits need to be renewed yearly (normally in late August/early September). For information about parking for retired staff contact the Office of the Chief Operating Officer (091) 493 632.

The current Park and Ride timetable can be downloaded here.