By Katherine Condon
NUI Galway Student Union still officially distances itself from RAG Week said Breandan Walsh, NUI Galway Student Welfare and Equality Officer.
RAG week is underway across Galway City as of yesterday.
RAG week, which means Raising and Giving, is an historical week whereby NUI Galway and other third level institutions.
It was set up as an annual week-long rally to collect funding for the many clubs and societies around on campus.
Mr Walsh said that between 2009 and 2011 NUI Galway went through a period of change where they saw that RAG was beginning to be problematic for the college.
“The week became synonymous with drinking, and people ending up in hospital. We couldn’t have this,” he said.
Donegal Tuesday, an event still on the calendar for Galway City on RAG week, is renowned for its day-long drinking by young adults and some of these people have ended up in hospital as highlighted by the Gardaí.
“In 2011 between 300 to 400 class representatives voted to get rid of funding by the Student’s Union from RAG week events. The funding then moved to health services within the college,” Mr Walsh said.
The individual clubs and societies still collect money by their own means, he said.
For students who still want to socialise in Galway City there is a ‘Galway rag week 2020 Official’ Facebook page.
The Student’s Union is now focusing on SHAG, Sexual Health, Awareness and Guidance week, where they promote sexual health, consent, information on sexually transmitted infections, and disclosure training.
“Students are shown for example, that when they engage in sex when they are drunk, they will be more likely to transmit an STI,” said Mr Walsh
Still to come this week on Wednesday 12th February is Union of Student’s Ireland and HSE Health information in Smokey’s café on campus in NUI Galway.
On Thursday 13th of February Sex Toy Bingo comes to the Corrib Room at Sult and on Friday 14th of February you can attend a Cardiac First Responder course in The Space, both on campus at NUI Galway.
For information and ticket prices for these events and more go to NUI Student’s Union Facebook and website.