Vox Pop: Does the unofficial RAG week give NUI Galway a bad image? President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh speaks out

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Galway’s unofficial RAG week always attracts online attention. Reading comment sections on Facebook on Donegal Tuesday, opinions on the week were clearly divided. New NUI Galway president Prof Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh weighed in on the debate over the contentious week which ran from Sunday 11 – Friday 16 February. He said that while he ‘wasn’t conscious enough of any particular issue’ arising during the week, ultimately students attending university in Galway should have respect for the city …” (more)

[SIN, 21 February]

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RAG Week and the Community

Posted in Life on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“When you likely read this, it will be the middle of Raise and Give Week. An annual event to raise money for various charities, it is also seen, by some, as an excuse for drinking, debauchery and vandalism. There are three constants to RAG Week, it seems: money is raised for some fantastic causes, house parties spill out onto the streets of College Road, and perturbed residents ring up the likes of Neil Prendeville and PJ Coogan to complain about ‘those feckin students’ …” (more)

[Rob O’Sullivan, UCC Express, 13 February]

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UCC Taking Hardline Approach To Anti Social Behaviour During RAG

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s Raise and Give (RAG) Week has in the past brought negative attention to the university through disruptive behaviour, and this year UCC has told the Evening Echo that they will be taking a more ‘hardline approach’, namely introducing a number of initiatives to respond swiftly and decisively to students who are in breach of university rules …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 13 February]

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UCC Rag Week clampdown

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) President Patrick O’Shea is preparing a major clampdown on student anti-social behaviour by introducing new fines and restrictions that aim to ease the longstanding concerns of local residents. Community gardaí and college chiefs have been working to ease the fears of residents ahead of RAG week in February …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, Evening Echo, 29 January]

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RAG week ‘shenanigans’ not unique to Ireland

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“‘There was shenanigans in Galway again this year during Rag Week.’ That is the oft-repeated statement which I was confronted with yet again at a recent family gathering. Previously, I would have taken the easy option by simply nodding as if in agreement. However, having completed one exciting Erasmus semester at a University in Germany, one of the many changes that I noticed within myself is that the nod had developed into an emphatic shake of the head …” (more)

[Alison O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 May]

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Is RAG week damaging our reputation as students?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Raising and Giving Week (RAG Week) is supposed to be a week during the college semester where students organise events and raise money for charity while having fun. Originally it started off as doing good deeds, but it now has a long history of students misbehaving and using ‘charity’ as an excuse to do so …” (more)

[Emer Handly, The College View, 8 March]


Students warned to behave for Rag week at University of Limerick

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick students are being reminded that there is a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ towards antisocial behaviour during Charity Week, which got underway on Monday. The students’ union issued the guidelines in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, which outline the hefty fines for offenders ahead of the famous party week …” (more)

[Maria Flannery, Limerick Leader, 1 March]

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To condone RAG Week is to condone carnage

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“In the second month of the year of our lord two thousand and ten, Galway descended into anarchy. Cans littered the streets, flares illuminated the skies and a young student reveller took a dump on a nice couple’s porch in Newcastle. This is all part of the tainted legacy of RAG Week that the central authorities of the University sought to distance themselves from when they exerted considerable pressure on the Students’ Union to ban the god-awful week of debauchery in 2011 …” (more)

[Eoghan O Connaire, SIN, 27 February]

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An argument in favour of RAG week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“RAG week is a tradition amongst most colleges. Traditionally a week of ‘raising and giving’, the Students’ Union and students themselves would help charities out through events such as on campus gigs. In 2011, the SU of NUI Galway voted to scrap RAG week, on the basis that five concessions would be made by the college …” (more)

[Aileen O’Leary, SIN, 27 February]

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‘No Weenz’: Warnings for UL students ahead of Rag week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the University of Limerick’s annual charity week set to begin in a matter of days, the college’s student’s union has issued a series of guidelines to students. Charity week – previously named Rag week – has been a cause for bad publicity for students at UL on occasion over the years, with students often drinking heavily and engaging in anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 22 February]

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University of Limerick issue warning for all students before ‘RAG week’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Rag week is about to begin in Limerick and the students union has issued guidelines on how to behave. With heavy drinking the standard procedure at Rag weeks the students union has set out a number hefty fines for breaking the guidelines …” (more)

[Cormac O’Shea, Irish Mirror, 18 February]

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Stopping RAG, The Ironic Contradiction

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“RAG week – sorry Eolann/Bea/The SU – Raise and Give week is upon us and every year, this year of course being no exception, there are calls for Raise and Give week to be cancelled, stopped, ended, etc. We know the drill at this stage. Every year the Students Union will highlight the fact the week is about raising money for charity and is not simply an excuse for students to go on a week of drinking …” (more)

[Chris McCahill, UCC Express, 16 February]

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Gardai probe ‘Rag week vandalism’ at Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College

Posted in Governance and administration on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Gardai have launched a probe after drunken students smashed up a lecture theatre in Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College – with one urinating on the floor, the Limerick Leader can reveal. Revellers at the South Circular Road College, marking its annual ‘Raise and Give’ (Rag) week, entered a lecture room and damaged furniture, equipment, and the floor …” (more)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 14 February]

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UCC Students Warned of Legal Repercussions Ahead of Raise and Give Week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCC students have been warned by University management of the legal and disciplinary repercussions resulting from misbehaviour or from disrespecting local residents during Rag Week …” (more)

[Ciaran O’Halloran, UCC Express, 14 February]

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Student safety is paramount, as Sligo RAG week kicks off

Posted in Governance and administration on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“As IT Sligo’s RAG week gets underway, the Students’ Union (SU) has a number of measures in place to ensure students are safe at all times. While the purpose of RAG week initially was to raise money for charity, it has long been associated with heavy drinking …” (more)

[Jessica Farry, Sligo Champion, 11 February]

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4000 ecstasy tablets destined for Galway rag week seized by gardaí

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí in Galway have arrested two men in connection with the seizure of cannabis and ecstasy. As part of ongoing joint investigations targeting drug trafficking in the Galway area, a joint intelligence led operation was conducted by Revenue’s Customs Drugs Law Enforcement and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau supported by officers from the Galway Regional Drugs Unit …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 10 February]

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UCC warn students over Rag Week

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students are being warned by University College Cork management of the disciplinary and legal repercussions of misbehaving or disrespecting local residents ahead of their annual fundraising week. Last year’s Raise & Give (Rag) Week raised €16,000 for charity and the 2017 events begin next Monday, with measures being taken by college management and UCC Students’ Union to try to ensure its success …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 February]

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Gardaí prepare for RAG Week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway Gardaí are preparing for this year’s unofficial RAG Week ‘celebrations’, which take place next week. There were 43 public order incidents attributed to the event last year, ten alone on so-called Donegal Tuesday …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 8 February]

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Looming RAG Week raises fear

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Residents living near UCC say they are fearful of yet another out-of-control RAG week which last year saw drunken revellers jumping on cars, setting bonfires, urinating on the front doors of houses and smashing bottles on the streets …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 16 January]

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Students blamed for rise in public order offences

Posted in Legal issues on May 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A rise in public order offences and serious assaults in the city has been attributed by a top Garda to the city’s unofficial Rag Week. Overall crime in the city is down by over a third for the first three months of the year, despite a sharp increase in the number of heroin users …” (more)

[Denise McNamara, Galway City Tribune, 10 May]

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