When is Charity week on this year?
It seems the pubs and clubs have decided it's going to be the 5th to the 9th of March (https://www.facebook.com/events/300630453330096/).
Charity not even getting a look in it seems...
Well the pubs/clubs aren't going to miss out on a week like this. Plus it's usually the 6th week of term from memory so they were just latching onto that.
Has anything been announced by the SU?
I was talking to some first years during the week and they are under the impression that the link above is official. Surely the SU are going to distance themselves from it.
Anyway there is a Mystery Bus tour going on that week. After last years complete and utter shambles I'd recommend everyone staying as far away as possible from it unless you want to end up staying in Waterford/Carlow for the night while your bus deserts you.
I think the last proper RAG week was in 2009.
Since then the SU has tried other things to put the focus back onto charitable giving, rather then giving to local pubs
I wasn't saying that the SU were trying to give to the local pubs. I meant that from the pubs pov they were not going to miss out on a business opportunity like this.
I was in 1st year in '09 and the RAG week was decent. What followed was a bit of a shambles though. After the first year of the Gathering they should have scrapped it.
The way it has gone all over the country I don't think the traditional notion of RAG week will ever make a comeback. Still I think the SU should announce a few gigs around the campus to try and raise a bit of money at least. Better than sitting back and seeing Mantra/The Roost/Brady's get all the money.
Don't know if there's much that can be done now for a campus RAG week at this stage (although it's been banned by the university so it'd have to be called something different ). It was mentioned at the last clubs and socs council, and we were encouraged to set up events for charity and stuff during that week but I haven't heard of anything being done yet.
No Gathering anyway this year, so that's something
rag week 2008 was a good year, since then its all fallen apart.
Actual truth. Back when Dunnes was open 24 hours and everyone would head there after a night out, O'Neills was good and Mantra didn't exist. Them's were the days ;_____;
Edit: Actually had O'Neills opened at that stage? I just remember going there a lot towards the end of first year, but maybe it hadn't opened by rag week.
People used to go to the SU back then too
i dont think so, the LA was still open and raiding what was left of dunnes hot counter after the 2.30am closing time of the roost was the done thing. used to be able to walk around village and you had to choose which of the many house parties youd go to. students just cant party as hard as they used to anymore
The problem as I see it that RAG week was entirely hijacked by the pubs and clubs.
I did the ole bucket shaking for rag week back in the day and honestly I had half cut idiots coming up to me and putting their arm around me in a drunken friendly manner, assuring me that I had gotten RAG week all wrong and that it was all about going mental and "getting off yer face".
A few charity gigs/events in the SU would be nice, (I remember a charity casino night being one of the best events I ever went to in the union), but its hard to get people to go to the union even when you have good acts on, but the magnetic pull of main street is too strong most nights.
How exactly can the Gardai stop the SU from holding an event? its still going ahead this year the only difference is that there will be no benefit to charity
The university put a stop to it, after Galway's RAG week got out of hand resulting in multiple arrests and broken windows on the first night.
Most other places followed suit.
also due to the bars licence the SU needs to apply for later opening hours (hence them being called "Bar Extensions") and this can be stopped by the objection of, you guessed it, the guards.
Most colleges stopped it? Name one other college that actually stopped it after Galways apart from us. And at least the NUIG SU got something out of it.
And there is no real need for a bar ex anyway. It could be like Christmas Day where everyone just heads down the town afterwards.
That would do more to encourage all day drinking though. I'm sure that's what the guards and the college want to cut out.
Wild guess but I reckon 80% of the student body wouldn't be able to last past 7/8 o'clock if they started drinking early in the day. You'd have people pouring out of the SU early in the evening and stumbling home or heading down to Dunnes for a bite to eat.
P.S. I'm not trying to be a dry ****e. I'm being realistic here. I know that if I headed into the SU, as I have, at 2 pm I'd be in bits by 7/8 with the special offers and all that. On a normal day I wouldn't bother heading down to the off licence till that time.