Latest update: September 24th   2023


The RSA is returning to a full programme of events and activities, some of which had to be suspended during the pandemic.


Visual History Project Update September 2023


A presentation of the project to date took place on Thursday 28th September in the Moore Institute Seminar Room James Hardiman Library  , to show some of the images already contributed and how they will be displayed online among the Library’s Digital Collections. Particular thanks are due to the Library, the speakers and to all the contributors who are helping to make this a rich and varied archive.

The aim of the project is to compile a comprehensive visual archive and narrative of people’s experiences of the university – be it as student, staff member or both –  and provide insights into how it has evolved and what has made it distinctive.


Do you have photographs of your time here that will help to depict what has made the University a special place in which to study and work? What was the experience of being here like for you, or perhaps for your relatives or friends? Where did you attend lectures? Where did you socialise? Did you play sports or join college societies? Were you involved in off-campus research or extramural courses? Who were your classmates, friends, colleagues? Were there any stand-out characters or visitors whom you remember especially? Are there landmarks or buildings that are captured in your photographs?

All photographs and video (up to 1995 inclusive) are welcome provided they depict an aspect of College life, whether on or off campus. They will be scanned in the Library and returned to you. You might like to bring some in with you on the 28th of September or alternatively contact one of the following: Jane Conroy, Séamus Mac Mathúna, Ger Jennings, Jackie Uí Chionna.

So have a search in drawers, cupboards or old albums, and seek out those long forgotten photos. They are an important historic record and will be a lasting legacy for the College and future  generations.

RSA Lecture Series

Tuesday November 7th 2023  11.30 a.m. Alexander Anderson Board Room in Quadrangle

Dr Áine Ní Chonghaile will talk about a south Connemara coastal community surviving and negotiating difficult conditions in the
nineteenth century and transitioning into more institutional lifestyles at the end of that century

Several other speakers have been planned for the academic year 2023-24. Further suggestions from members for topics or speakers are welcome

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..

Visual History Project

A Visual History Archive for NUI Galway:  The Retired Staff Collection

Do you have, or do you know somebody who hasinteresting photographs or other visual material related in any way to NUI Galway from earlier times?  Please see this notice - Visual History Archive call for contributions - seeking contributions of pre-1995 material for our groundbreaking VisualHistory‌ Archive, which has recently been awarded funding from the President's Fund for Research on the Institutional History‌ of the University.


Cartlann Físe ag OÉ Gaillimh: Cnuasach Agallamh na Seanórach

An bhfuil agatsa grianghraif spéisiúla nó ábhar físe eile a bhaineann ar bhealach ar bith le OÉ Gaillimh ós na seanlaethanta? No b’fheidir gurb eol duit a leithéid a bheith ag duine eile? Féach leat an fógra seo -  Visual History Archive call for contributions -  faoi ábhar dá leithéid roimh 1995 a chur ar fáil dár gCartlann Físe cheannródaíoch, a bhfuil maoiniú faighte le deireanas againn ina leith ó Chiste an Uachtaráin um Thaighde ar Stair Institiúideach na hOllscoile.


Project Team:

Prof. Jane Conroy               (

Prof. Gerard Jennings         (

Dr Séamus Mac Mathúna   (



RSA TRAVEL 2022-2024

The RSA Travel Committee organized a trip to the South-East of Ireland, based in Waterford,  2-5 November 2022. Included in the itinerary was the opera Lalla Roukh in the Wexford Festival Opera, as well as visits to Curraghmore and the Copper Coast. 

The RSA Travel Committee arranged a trip to Norway, 18-25 September 2023.

On this tour  2 nights  were spent in Oslo, 1 in Flåm on the Aurlandsfjord, 2 in Lofthus on the Hardangerfjord, and 2 in Bergen, staying in 4-star hotels.

The programme included a trip on a scenic railway, a morning fjord cruise, a visit to an open-air folk museum, a reconstructed Viking village, and the Norwegian Nature Centre, as well as tours of  Oslo and Bergen.

 RSA Travel Committee:

Rosaleen Carroll

Jane Conroy

Michael Cuddy


 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.

As proposed by the RSA, in 2019 NUI Galway created a Research Support Fund for Retired Staff (RSFRS), managed by the Research Office.  The 7th call  closed on Friday 7 October 2022. The 8th call  closed on Friday 3 March 2023  and the 9th call was scheduled to have closed in October 2023..

For full details please download these files: RSFRS T&C and RSFRS Appplication Form‌.
The Research Office will inform applicants about the outcome of their request within a month of the deadline for submissions


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 organized 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 NUI 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, NUI 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) 493632.
The current Park and Ride timetable can be downloaded here.