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Latest update: 11.02.2019
Reminder for Tuesday 12 February
- The February Retired Staff Agallamh na Seanórach takes place on Tuesday 12 February, from 10.30 to 11.50. On this occasion it will be in the John Hynes Boardroom (north-west corner of the Quad) and not the usual boardroom. The AGM will be held in the course of the Agallamh.
- At 12 noon we have a presentation by Dermot Goode, the very well-known independent insurance consultant who specializes in Health Insurance. The presentation will deal with a broad range of policy types, and will also cover specific policies which people attending may like to indicate. Anybody wishing to do that should have with them the full name of the policy in question.
‘Health Insurance Policies Compared’ , 12 noon, Tuesday 12 February, in the Moore Institute Seminar Room (room G010, ground floor, Hardiman Research Building).
This presentation is arranged by the Retired Staff Association with the support of Human Resources, NUIG
- Retired members of staff are cordially invited to the launch of a recent book by one of our members, Dr Eoin Ó Dochartaigh, on 26 February.
- The RSA Annual General Meeting takes place at 11.15 on Tuesday 12 February 2019, towards the end of the regular Agallamh na Seanórach coffee morning, and preceding the presentation by Dermot Goode (see above). See 'About the RSA' for information about bringing a motion to the AGM.
- RSA Lecture Series 2019
- Tuesday 12 February 2019, at 12 noon: Dermot Goode, expert on health insurance, presentation and comparison of health insurance policies, Moore Institute Seminar Room, G010, Hardiman Research Building (near the entrance to the Library).
- Tuesday 12 March 2019, at 12 noon: Dr Jessamyn Fairfield, ‘Little Things Matter: Nanoscience, Electronics and the Brain’, Moore Institute Seminar Room, G010, Hardiman Research Building (near the entrance to the Library).
- The full schedule of RSA events from December 2018 to June 2019, was posted out to members in late November and is available here: Calendar Dec.2018-June 2019. It includes details of the parking arrangement for the Agallamh na Seanórach mornings.
- 26 April-2 May 2019. Booking for our 7-day, 6-night trip to central Spain, visiting Salamanca, Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, La Granja, and El Escorial, has now closed.
- Important notice. If you are not currently receiving email correspondence relating to the Retired Staff Association, please send your active email address to Marie Cunningham, Management Service Office; telephone: (091) 493632; email: email@example.com.
At present there are two postal mailings per annum (pre- Autumn and pre-Christmas), and occasionally a 3rd mailing. We envisage that the way forward in this ever-increasingly technological age is to communicate with you electronically via email. This is a more efficient and an easier mode of communication. It is also more environmentally friendly, eliminating the use of paper. In addition, it will minimize the considerable effort involved in the postage mailing process – photocopying and collating of material; labelling and filling of envelopes etc. It will also make it easier to contact you with respect to events such as national & international trips; annual luncheon; our lecture series; the monthly Agallamh gatherings etc. Furthermore, the University is supportive of this initiative. It is important to point out that the frequency of email posting will be limited and normally should not exceed a monthly emailing at most.
The objective is to phase in the proposed new way of communicating via email with the retired staff community and to have it in operation by January 2020.
- Remember that parking permits need to be renewed each year in late August/early September. For details of how to pay online see Parking Permits information. If you do not currently have a parking permit, and would like to obtain one, you should contact the Management Services Office. You can download the appropriate form here: Retired Staff Service Request Form. The current Park and Ride timetable can be downloaded here.
- Recent books by retired staff:
Brian Arkins, Death and Marriage: Greek and Roman Drama (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2017)
Dom Colbert, An Irish Doctor's Odyssey: The Saints are In Heaven (Dublin: Orpen Press, 2018)
Dom Colbert, No Tears Left: Biafra to Bosnia (Dublin: Orpen Press, 2018)
Thomas Kilroy, Over the Backyard Wall. A Memory Book (Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 2018)
John Waddell, Myth and Materiality (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2018)
Noel Wilkins, Humble Works for Humble People: A History of the Fishery Piers of County Galway and North Clare, 1800–1922 (Irish Academic Press, 2017)
For more information on publications by retired staff see Members' achievements.
- Two announcements from AgeAction:
Get Connected and learn how to navigate the Internet and your device (classes for older learners)
Do you have basic skills you want to refresh or are you a complete beginner and apprehensive about technology? Starting again in September, Age Action will run classes for older learners (aged 55+) who have little or no experience with using the Internet (laptops/iPads/iPhones/Tablets/Smartphones all welcome OR if you have no device we can provide one). Classes are run in Age Action (3, Francis Street), the ILAS centre in NUIG and Galway City Library on different days and times. Participants are taught on an individual (1:1) basis by trained volunteer tutors. To book a place on our waiting list, call Age Action on 091 527831. Courses run for 5 weeks (2 hours per week) and there is no fee. NOTE: One class cycle per person, so If you have already taken a class cycle with Age Action since January 2017 you are not eligible to apply.
Volunteer Tutors needed in Galway
Resuming in September, Age Action will run beginner/improvercomputer/Internet classes for older learners (55+) who have little or no experience or who are apprehensive about their device and technology in general. The aim of the programme is to make the learners comfortable using laptops/tablets/smartphones and help them navigate the Internet to perform basic tasks.
Tutoring is done on a 1:1 basis. Strong basic computer/tablet/smartphone skills and fluent English needed but patience and good humour just as important! Training provided. Classes are currently run in Age Action (3, Francis Street), the ILAS centre in NUIG, Galway City Library on different days and times. For more information please contact Helen on 087 1956047 or Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, NUI, Galway, offers Short Courses Series, for which fee concessions are available to NUI Galway staff, whether current or retired. Click here for details.