Exploring Galway and surroundings

When you arrive in a new city you fell you have a lot to understand and explore. Galway might seem like a small town depending where you come from but it is full of surprises and interesting places to visit. Not only the city but also its surroundings make the ride even more pleasant. In this post I will tell 5 different experiences I had during my year as an LLM student at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUIG that might help new students to settle and have a good time.

Each one of these experiences was shared with people, so don’t be afraid to go out there and invite your classmates to have some craic (fun)! Making a facebook group might help everyone to get in touch and post invitations, events information, etc.


#1 Admire the sky of Ireland

It doesn’t matter where you come from, I’m sure the sunsets in Ireland will impress you. I always had the feeling the sky was infinite in Ireland. In one single sunset you can see a countless colors, shapes and textures.

Invite your classmates to sit by the Spanish Arch to see this beauty!


#2 Visit Barna Woods

Barna Woods have been claimed to have the last natural growing oaks in the west of Ireland. It’s only approximately 3 miles from Galway city centre near Galway Bay. If you are going with 3 or more friends, it’s better to take a taxi from Eyre Square. Nevertheless you can bike or take a bus.

It’s a beautiful and perfect program for Saturday or Sunday morning. After seeing the woods you can walk to the beach (10 minutes walk) and enjoy a picnic with your friends!


#3 Spend a weekend in Connemara

As Oscar Wilde described it, ‘Connemara is a savage beauty’. Its landscape and coastline are endlessly inspiring. From Galway you can either take a bus or rent a car. There are also day trips there, but I would strongly recommend spending more than one day in Connemara.

You can explore mountains such as the Diamond Hill and beaches all down the coast. If you want to spend the night by The Connemara National Park, you can stay at The Old Monastery Hostel. The price is reasonable and the place is quite unique.


#4 Experiment little spots and its food

 Galway has plenty of little cafes, pubs and restaurants. You don’t need to go mainstream at Shop Street. Check on Trip Advisor and you will always find a good and affordable option. Some of the places I went and I strongly recommend are: The Dough Bros, The Crane Bar, Kai, The Secret Garden, Ard Bia at Nimmos and Cupen Tae.


#5 Be grateful to study at NUI, Galway

NUI, Galway represents the top 2% prestigious universities in the world. Studying here is a privilege for a few people. You will have access to an excellent library and online database, listen to very professional and prepared Professors and lectures and make connections with people from all over the world. Plus the environment is just graceful. Every single side of the university has a hidden beauty. It’s amazing to study in this environment. Check out some pictures I took in campus!






ICC Moot Court Competition

For the first time the Irish Centre for Human Rights of the National University of Ireland, Galway is going to participate in the International Criminal Court Moot Competition that is organised by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University with the institutional support of the International Criminal Court.

The competition takes place in The Hague, the Netherlands every year as a six-day event, where students gather from different universities from all around the world to compete in the field of International Criminal Law. This year there are 65 universities participating in the competition.

The ICC Moot Court Competition 2016 will take place from Sunday, 22 May until Friday, 27 May, 2016 and the NUI Galway will be represented by an international team with students from 5 different countries. The three speakers are Anne-Catherine Standaert, Belgian; Cécile Genoud, Swiss; and Kayla Cook, American. The researchers are Gabrielle Nava, American, and Ciaran Wallace, Irish. 

The team coach is Shane Darcy, lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the assistant coach is Hellen Carvalho, Brazilian.



Get started -STUDY ABROAD

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine yourself studying abroad. Applying for a masters is a long process that takes all kinds of commitment. You need to figure out what you want to study, where do you want to study, how are you going to pay for your studies, where you are going to live, and so on and so forth. A couple month ago I could not imagine I would have figured out all of that and I would be studying at the NUI Galway, that represents  the top 2% prestigious universities in the world. I was fortunate to get accepted at the Irish Centre for Human Rights from the NUI Galway for a masters in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict and I  got the Government of Ireland scholarship for Brazilian students. Therefore, by taking this masters I’m in a position to strengthen the educational relationship between Brazil and Ireland, especially in the humanities area. Studying at NUI Galway is a chance that a few students have, so I will embrace this experience to the fullest, enjoying all the lectures, all the books I can access in the library, all the papers I write, all the connections I make and all the extra time I have outside the school to experience Ireland, its landscape, its people, its food! Thank you so much for the amazing opportunity to allow me to broaden my world and to give back what I learnt to the world.