Students better behaved

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Residents living near UCC have breathed a sigh of relief as students living around the college are behaving better. Locals living along College Road and the surrounding streets told a community forum this week that this year’s Raise And Give (RAG) Week was the best it’s been for them in years, as there was hardly any parties and very little anti-social behaviour to report …” (more)

[Niamh Aine Ryan, Cork Independent, 13 March]

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Limerick landlords considering CCTV over student house parties

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Landlords are considering installing CCTV at their properties in Limerick due to a series of ‘destructive house parties’ that took place during Charity Week. Several properties in Castletroy have been left ‘destroyed’, with almost 150 people ‘herded’ out of one house party in College Court during the early hours of last Tuesday morning, it is understood …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 4 March]

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RAG Week celebrations underway in Carlow Town

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Rag week celebrations are under way in Carlow town where students have been socialising since it kicked off on Sunday. Local pubs have been running events such as breakfast raves and high profile DJs are playing in local nightclub the Foundry all week …” (more)

[Edwina Grace, KCLR96FM, 19 February]

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RAG Week was much quieter than normal …

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“… but there were still 15 public order offences, 20 drug incidents, 20 house parties and 61 on-the-spot fines. New UCC regulations and increased cooperation with residents are being hailed as the main reasons for a quieter RAG week …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 16 February]

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Additional Gardaí on duty for ‘Donegal Tuesday’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Galway Gardai have an operations order in place today as students gather in their droves in the city for ‘Donegal Tuesday’. The annual event is held as part of unofficial Rag Week celebrations with students gathering at Eyre Street from early morning …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 12 February]

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Unions issue warning to students as crowds multiply in city for Donegal Tuesday

Posted in Governance and administration on February 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions at NUI Galway and GMIT have issued a warning as revellers form queues at Eyre Street in the city for ‘Donegal Tuesday’. The annual event is held as part of unofficial Rag Week celebrations with students gathering at Eyre Street from early morning …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 12 February]

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Gardaí warn students over drinking on the street during RAG week

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 8th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students caught drinking on the street during next week’s RAG week event in Cork will be fined, gardaí have warned. And those who step out of line could also face internal college sanctions, up to and including fines …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 7 February]

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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]

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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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