The Cumann Staire aims to support and enhance the student life of all its members at both undergrad and postgrad levels.

We organise many social and academic events thoughout the year and need the support of our members through their participation to guarantee our continued success. For new graduate students of Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh the Cumann Staire offers a warm embrace and a Céad míle fáilte! For those who are moving from an undergrad to a postgrad here we encourage participation in our well known organisation. Being a postgrad can be an isolating experience and active membership of the CS, as some call the Cumann Staire, adds so much more to a postgrad existence. Here are some of the annual events we are known for:

  • The university’s biggest formal dress event, the Arts Bál
  • History Month, a month long series of history based events
  • Attendance at the CCS – IHSA annual conference
  • Aistir international history student conference
  • Trips abroad to meet other history students
  • Academically respected guest speakers
  • Active membership of ISHA
  • Fun social nights out
  • Table quizzes

The Cusmann Staire actively supports postgraduate students who wish to attend conferences, whether to give papers or simply to learn from others.

Keep an eye on the Comhdhálacha and Nuachtareas of the website for information on conferences of interest to graduate students.

Financial support is open to all registered students of Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh who are members of the CS. Preference will be given to those who have a history of active participation in our events and to those presenting papers at a conference. All those in receipt of our financial assistance who present a paper must acknowledge this support in the intoduction of their presentation. Copies of papers presented should be given to the Coiste for inclusion in the Cumann Staire’s archive; as should copies of any hand-outs and similar material used. The Coiste of the Cumann Staire will decide on the level of support to be given and payment of this amount will be made after the attended conference on receipt of original receipts for costs incurred. Failure to declare scholarships, grants and any conference specific aid will be treated as fraud and will be reported to the university authorities as such.

Conference support application form