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Access Society

Maynooth University Access Society - Inclusive for All.

The Maynooth Access Society is based at Maynooth University and organises socialising events as well as personal supports to members and the wider University community. Students who join this society mainly are from the HEAR and DARE scheme along with students who have attended launchpad, but our activities are inclusive to all students The Society is supported by the Maynooth Access Program ( We create inclusive and accessible events such as movie nights, lip sync battles, trips, and our annual access ball. The Maynooth Access Society is a social society for everyone to make life long friends!

The aims of the Society shall be to share and celebrate African and Caribbean culture amongst the students of Maynooth University. At the Africa Society, we encourage people of all cultural backgrounds to express their interest in African & Caribbean culture through the exhibition of art, music, dance, debates, politics and entertainment providing everyone with the opportunity to fully immerse them in such a rich and vibrant culture. The Africa Society will not only provide a social aspect within the society but a strong supportive network. We not only aim to encourage equality and diversity within the society but within the university by organizing events hosted by us to showcase our culture. The Africa Society seeks to celebrate all that is African and Caribbean and endorse a positive and empowering image of ethnicity – it’s all about coming together and being proud of our roots and sharing it with others.

Maynooth University's animal rights society. Vegans, Vegetarians, Animal lovers, and those with genuine interest in the cause, unite!!

As a society we try to interact and engage with students and the anthropology department as much as possible. We pride ourselves as being a society that is all about people and the study of people and their culture. For those of you who are interested in learning about different cultures this is the society for you. We have plenty of documentary nights, guest speaker events and conferences that keep us busy all year round. And last but definitely not the least, we are known for our amazing society trips! Come join us!


Arts Crafts and Design Society

The idea is to be creative!

The aim of our society is to get creative! Whether you draw or create, if you're serious about art or just do it for fun, we'd love to have you involved! Last year we ran the amazing Colour Run, and held plenty of workshops for drawing and stress-busting (including drunk painting! ;) ) Join us this year for even more workshops, and even more exciting events!


Astro 2 Society

Physics and Astronomy Society

We are the Maynooth Physics and Astronomy Society. We hold weekly meetings where we have talks given by guest lecturers, watch movies or get outside for some observing. Some of our high points include our holidays abroad, which we organise every other year (we have one in the works for this year by the way...), and our local day trips. Astro2 has close ties with the Experimental and Mathematical Physics departments here in MU, making it the perfect place for Physics students, or anyone with an interest in physics, to learn more about the subject, and meet plenty of new people along the way. IOPI Intervarsity Quiz winners 2011 NEXUS BEST PHYSICS SOCIETY NEWSLETTER UK & IRELAND, 2007 NEXUS BEST PHYSICS SOCIETY UK & IRELAND, 2006


Biology Society

We're helicases - we know how to unzip your genes!

The Biology Society is Maynooth University's oldest society, and home to all things biological. Each year we do a biology themed international trip and many smaller domestic trips, host talks on a variety of topics and hold the Annual Sex Quiz.

We hold meetings and fellowships, host guest speakers, musical performances and concerts etc. We also hold success motivation seminars and workshops, during which motivational speakers will be invited to speak on various social topics. We focus and emphasise on leadership, growth and development. BLW Campus Ministry Society has a large network spanning in over 50 universities in the UK and Ireland. These include Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, NUI Galway, Ulster University, University of Exeter, University of East London, University of Hertfordshire, and Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge. Once a year we have a weekend away to the Vibes concert in the UK where we can meet other BLW Campus ministries around the world for a weekend of fun, fellowship and live music. Our Christian faith is our motivation for creating this society. We strongly believe that God is love, and by His grace all things are possible. We believe that by creating this environment of faith and love, anyone who joins will see themselves grow and flourish and achieve all their dreams. So if you would like to join us for a night of getting to know God, socializing with fellow Christians and just growing in your faith, then this is the society for you! We hold weekly fellowships every Thurday at 6pm in Callan Building room CB4. (There will be refreshments;)


Business Society

MU Business Society - where your greater journey begins!

Maynooth University Business Society is one of Maynooth University's leading societies, having been accredited a total of 6 awards at Clubs & Societies Awards over the past 5 years. With this society, we aim to assist students in their search for both work placement and employment, carry out charity and community work, provide socialising and networking platforms, and bring to you a variety of guest speakers throughout the year. We are also the holder of the biggest society ball over the past 6 years, the Business Ball, selling out in 27 minutes in the 2015/16 academic year.

Here at Busking we play music around campus to raise much needed money for charities such as Breast Cancer Ireland and the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.


Cancer Society

Fight the Fight, Find the Cure.

Everyone has been affected by cancer at some point in their lives, and we want to change that. This society will raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society while also providing support to those touched by the illness. We will have many popular events back this year, including Movember, Bra Pong and the Relay for Life, while also including new and fun ways to fundraise and come together as a community.

We hold weekly NL Holdem tournaments in the Student Union, buy in ranges from €5-€20. we also hold near daily cash games in the SU, unlike a tournament you can cash out of a cash game whenever you want and all chips have a real money value. blinds are 20c/40c and min. buy in is €5. like our FB page to status's notifying when games begin.


Celtic Studies Society

Bring out your Inner Celt

Maynooth Celtic Society Celebrate. We plan trips and events to educate and inspire students to bring out their inner Celt. Past events were the Medieval Christmas feast in honour of the late Celtic studies Lecturer Dr. Muireann Ni Bhrolchain. We also had visit to the Hill of Ward fire festival at Halloween. We also combined events with other societies on campus such as the Odd Ball with 'Drunk Painting'. Plus a showing of Monty Pythons and the Holy Grail. Plans for the future is to organise another trip to the Fire festival at the Hill of Ward, Medieval feast, Meade Brewing workshop and end of year Ball.


Chemistry Society


For all things chemistry! Join our society if youre a chemistry student especially but also if you just wanna hang out with some really cool people, make some good friends and partake in some mad experiments.

Maynooth University Chinese Society was first set up to help Chinese students who were coming to study on their own, miles away from home, to settle down and make friends, and to create a home away from home for students who share a similar background. The main objective is to help students in Maynooth University to provide invaluable experiences through events and activities we host throughout the year. We aim to celebrate Chinese culture and language and increase interaction between students through social events and informal meetings throughout the academic year.


Christian Union Society

What's your purpose?

We are a group of Christians who meet regularly to explore the Christian faith through fellowship, worship and scripture. This society welcomes both Christians and non Christians alike to meet together and chat over tea and coffee.


Circus Society

Impress, Amaze, Inspire.

Circus Society is a collection of people who come together to learn new skills and teach others their own. A community effort to help one another improve, revolving around the goals of fun, self improvement and performance. Juggling, the art of manipulating patterns in free space using props, is our main tool to achieve these goals, but the term Circus encompasses more than just this. Circus means using whatever you want to impress, amaze and inspire.

Maynooth University Classics Society is a society set up by students for members of the University with an interest in the Classical World! We welcome anyone with an interest in Classics be it academic or personal no matter what course you choose to study. Often the people who join our society are those with an interest in Greek mythology and Roman customs but we also welcome members with an interest in the Ancient Greek and Latin languages. Past events include movie and pizza nights, coffee mornings, pub quizzes and this year we hope to go on several off-campus excursions.


Comedy Society

MU Best New Soc 15/16

You don't have to be funny to join! If you like to laugh do it here. For those hoping to hone their comedic skills we'll help you out. We'll have plenty of trips to different comedy clubs, regular stand up nights, games days, workshops.


Creative Writing Society

Think it, Dream it, Write it!

Hey there Maynoothian's! We're the Maynooth University Inklings and if you have any interest in creative writing of any kind, we are the society for you! Our job is to help you gain confidence in your creations by sharing, receiving and giving constructive criticism to help you improve in anyway you can! We'll run a series of workshops in all things writing, collaborate with other clubs and societies along with basing our weekly writing challenges on the University's themed weeks . We will also have our own genre themed weeks! So if you love to write and want to hang out with a bunch of creative people, I'll see you all next year!


Cuallacht na Gaeilge Society

Ní neart go chur le chéile!

Dia dhaoibh agus fáilte go Cuallacht na Gaeilge Mhá Nuad! Tá sé mar aidhm den Chuallacht pobal infheicthe na Gaeilge a chruthú agus ár dteanga a chur chun cinn ar fud na hollscoile agus sa tír ar fad. AGM NA CUALLACHTA: 5 Deireadh Fómhair Tá seomra na Gaeilge suite i bhFoirgneamh na nEalaíon agus is áit réchúiseach í ina bhfuil Gaeilgeoirí in ann bualadh lena chéile agus Gaeilge a labhairt. Tá an seomra ar oscailt ó 9r.n. go 6i.n. gach lá. Bíonn 'Tae gus Plé' ar siúl sa Seomra ag a 1 gach Déardaoin chun seans a thabhairt do lucht na Gaeilge bualadh le chéile agus sos a thógáil le cupán tae. Beidh neart ócáidí ar siúl againn i rith na bliana, mar shampla Oíche Ghaeltachta sa chéad seimeastar agus Bál na Gaeilge sa dara seimeastar. Má tá suim agat do theanga a choimeád agus cairde nua a dhéanamh buail isteach agus bí linn!

One of the largest and most active societies on campus....introducing MU's BEST society of 2015/2016 MAYNOOTH DANCE SOCIETY! We have classes to suit any age, level and style of dance! Whether you're here to learn some new skills, get fit or just have fun we're the ones to come to! Weekly classes in LYRICAL, JAZZ, IRISH DANCING, HIPHOP and ZUMBA all available. Along with regular workshops and many events and trips! For those of you interested in competing we have a number of national titles, check out our Inters routines on Youtube! Many exciting surprises upcoming this year...Make sure to request membership and visit us on Fairs Day to hear all about it!

'Making German fun, one ludicrous word at a time.' Guten Tag and a most heartfelt howiya from us all here at Deukuma! We're the revived, new, and improved Deukuma, the German Society of Maynooth University. Our aim is to make the German language and culture come alive right here on campus. Despite our tagline, we aren't just here for the language element of German! And honestly, German culture is about far more than Bratwurst und Bier, although we'll have lots of that too, with our "Stammtisch", or "Regular's Table" (a weekly excuse for a beer with some of the many new friends you'll find in Deukuma). We want to teach you what we learned about Germany on our Erasmus year abroad, we want our German members to teach us about the culture of their regions, and most of all, we want you to tell us why you love Germany as much as we do. We are going to run movie nights, have lunchtime fun mit Kaffee und Kuchen aaand last but certainly not least, organise a trip to Germany! So komm mit! You can be a native speaker or have no German at all, this is your new society and we just want you to join in and have a great time! Mit Liebe, Deukuma


Disney Society

Hakuna Matata

Disney Society is a society for all Disney lovers ! We aim to provide commuter friendly events while also providing weekly screenings of your favourite Disney Classics ! We welcome all members with open arms and we quite often have pizza and goodies so join our society and become a part of our family ! We do have a one off membership fee of 2 euro which goes towards helping us make your experience with us the best it can be. We are always open to suggestions about what movies you guys want to see and we will do our best to make sure your opinions are listened to !


DJ Society

Dont Drop The Mic

We are a bunch of DJ's of all levels, who have played a wide range of events. we are all into different music, and help teach each other. We are around to help and mentor even the newest DJ's. We strive on inclusiveness, accepting everyone and anyone without exception, after all were all quirky in our own way. we hold seminars from dj beginner to advanced DMX programming, to production and the odd event hear and there. so come say hi on facebook or twitter much love, Committee


Drama Society

Don't worry, it's for a play!

Hello everybody! Welcome to the Drama Society in Maynooth, also known as the Roscian Players. If you have any interest in any aspect of theatre, be it acting, directing, technicals, stage management, stage construction, improv, etc., we gotcha covered! We do workshops every week on a Monday at 7pm in Classhall E, 2 festivals a year, Blackbox and Debutantes, which is solely for first time actors with our society, and at least 4 full plays a year. We take anyone and everyone of every skill level, and we include everyone if they wanna get involved with us. Think you had enough drama in your life? You thought wrong


Education Society

Those that can't do....

We are a society for anybody considering becoming a teacher. We run events and courses to add to and boost your Curriculum Vitae as you pursue a career in the field of Education!


ELSA Society

European Law Students' Association - Maynooth

The European Law Students' Association is the largest independent law student organisation in the world, with over 40,000 members in 43 countries around Europe. ELSA Maynooth members have been actively involved internationally in ELSA Delegations, ELSA Law Schools, the STEP programme, ELSA Legal Research Groups, the ELSA Law Review, ELSA Moot Court Competitions and our annual ELSA Maynooth International Negotiation Competition. ELSA Maynooth has also developed a strong involvement with Model United Nations. Our delegation to the Belfast MUN in November 2015 was a Maynooth University first and we have continued this engagement with a delegation to EireMUN in Cork in January 2016 and by hosting our own internal Maynooth MUN conference (‘MUMUN’) in February 2016. We have also organised many innovative local activities in recent years, including the ELSA Maynooth Speaker Series, Human Rights Week, mock interviews, interview and CV workshops and study groups for first year students. Many of our officers and members have served in key positions on the ELSA International Team and the ELSA Ireland National Board. Don't miss out on the long list of local, national and international opportunities that ELSA offers - join ELSA Maynooth today! Feel free to get in contact with us by email at or on Facebook and Twitter


Enactus Society

The Social Innovation Society

We are Enactus Maynooth and our mission is to act for the good of society. Every year we work collaboratively to find new and novel solutions to every day problems in order to transform lives. We are always looking for new and promising projects to work on and we need your unique perspective to add spark to our creative process. As a member of our society you will get the chance to travel; meet new people from Maynooth and other third level institutions; and attend regular training sessions, leadership summits and competitions both at home and abroad. It's not all hard graft and valuable work experience though, because we at Enactus Maynooth enjoy a good night out as much as every other Enactus society across the country.

WE are the maynooth entrepreneurs and investors society (ME&I). We are here to encourage investing and business start-ups in Maynooth University. We host a variety of fun and interesting event aiming to get everyone involved. ** Hosting the Annual Investors Ball 2016 ** ** Winter 2016 **

The Feminist Society is an intersectional, pro-choice society promoting the equality of all genders! Join us for workshops, speakers, films, debates and tea time talks - we have at least one event every week!

F.L.A.C provides free legal advice to both students and the public with the aid of trained legal professionals. In addition to providing the clinics we also train interested students with the skills to advise at these clinics.


French Society

More than just cheese, croissants and stylish clothing

The Maynooth University French Society aims to promote the French language and culture in MU both for students of French in Maynooth and for people who are interested in everything France has to offer.


Froebel Society

Play doesn't need to stop when you're a child.

Welcome to the Froebel Society! We tie in with the Froebel department of primary and early childhood education here in Maynooth where we promote the teachings of Friedrich Froebel - child centredness, fun, freedom and play. All of our committee members aim to bring all of the Froebel fun to the rest of campus as much as possible. Between mixers, nights out, fundraisers, days out and the much anticipated annual Froebel ball (one of THE biggest amongst all societies in Maynooth) there is always something happening! Whether you're a teacher in training, have an interest in the course or just want to take part in all the fun and frolics of the society don't hesitate to join! We can't wait to meet and welcome back all our old and new members for what we hope will be the biggest and best year yet!


Galway Cycle Society

Charity, Cycling and Craic

Maynooth Student's for Charity AKA The Galway Cycle is a society based within the college which organises a cycle to Galway and back at the end of March for a nominated Irish Children's Charity. Our ethos is all about Charity, Cycling and Craic.... At the AGM on Thursday November 3rd, the incoming committee for 2017 were elected, and the voting membership selected the recipient charity for the 2017 cycle, namely the National Rehabilitation Hospital’s Paediatric Unit. To prepare for the big event Cycling Training Sessions take place every Saturday & Sunday from January to April ....... CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! As you should be aware registration for GC 2017 is open. Please follow the link above to register if you are planning on joining us but haven’t yet done so. Over 200 people are registered so make sure to get in asap .......


Game of Thrones Society

Valar Morghulis - Winter is Here - Valar Doharies

Game of Thrones is a worldwide phenomenon and we as students in Maynooth University are genuinely hooked. Whether its plotting to kill a Stark or Fillet a Lannister you must always watch your back! Winter is Here and the dead are with it. Join us in the fights against each other and the greatest threat coming from the North. We will wine, dine and murder our way to glory, Trust, lust and power, all in the name of the Game of Thrones. Come on Be a Throner, you know you want to!


Games Society

MU Games Society

JH5/JH6 every Tuesday starting 20th of September from 6:30 till 10:00 so come along and bring your mates or make some new ones while you're here! If you want to come play some games of any variety whilst meeting new people and making a load of friends this is the place for you! We cater to all forms of gaming: Board games, card games, console games, RPG's, wargamming, LAN and any other type you want us to run we'll do our best to try organise. Want to try out that new board game? We have it. Want to draft some Magic: The Gathering? We have boosters. Want to play Smash Bros? We'll put it up on a projector and make it look epic. Dungeons and Dragons campaign? We'll even hook you up with a tutorial room to run it in. Want to conquer your opponents in Warhammer? We got terrain and rule books covered. Want to play some ranked League of Legends / CS:GO etc. Come grab some team mates in the LAN room. Something missing from the list? Tell us and we'll make sure it's there! We gather weekly and run our big convention, Dominicon, every year in aid of Child's Play, it's a great place to come and make new friends, play some games, compete in competitions and win some prizes! If any of the above seemed appealing then this is definitely the society for you!


Geography Society

geology rocks!

Maynooth Geography society runs geography related events throughout the year. You don't have to be a geography student to join, but if you're interested in people and places, this could be for you! We will be running film nights, quizzes and various trips and other events throughout the year. The geography Department also publishes a magazine - Milieu - and the geography society is responsible for this. So, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a writer/editor, come along and get involved!

Maynooth University Green Campus Society is a new society on campus. We aim to encourage Maynooth Students to become more environmentally aware and educate fellow students through events such as talks, documentary screenings and workshops in order to make our campus a more sustainable place.


History Society

History, written by the victors, discussed by us.

History. That's what we're all about here. We aspire to be a society where people who have an interest and passion about history can meet with each other, discuss what they want (From Geo-politics of the colonial era to Who had the best mustache of the 20th Century). We try to balance serious historical debate with good fun as we believe there is a demand for both from our members and people need to wind down as well as express their views on history. Here's a sample of some of of the things get up to: Weekly Meetups with food, drink and good discussion, Trips out to Museums, Pub Quizzes, Debates, Game nights


Hogwarts Society

For fun, friendship, and maybe magic ;)

Love all things Harry Potter? Well then, this is the right society for you. Here at Hogwarts Society, we love all things Harry Potter. From the movies, to the books, to weird fan theories. We welcome everyone to join our society, whether you're a hardcore fan, or you've never seen or read Harry Potter and would like to get into it. We host movie nights, sometimes with free pizza, book readings, competitions and giveaways so make sure you follow us twitter, like us on facebook and follow our snapchat to get all the information about all these great events.

The Islamic Society in Maynooth was set up by Muslim students who saw a need for a society that could represent and serve the Muslim students on campus. The Islamic society is an inclusive body which welcomes the support and involvement of non-Muslims. It provides a platform for students to develop themselves and work together towards bringing a positive change to our society. The Islamic society is dedicated to helping Muslims and Non-Muslims on campus develop academically, spiritually and socially. It is also aims to help clear any misconceptions about Islam by engaging in friendly dialogue on campus and developing unity as well as by collaborating with other societies. We would like to further contribute to the cultural enrichment of the diverse college community. We aim to promote the awareness of Islam & Muslims on campus and to facilitate a harmonious society in which all students can live and integrate with each other. In addition we aim to foster and improve relationships with other societies, students union and the college administration. MU ISoc invites everyone regardless of your religion or none, to join us in our wide range of events and activities; whether you are Muslim or not, trying to learn about Islam or just looking to make friends and have fun. There is something for everyone.


IESN Society

International Students

I*ESN (Erasmus Student Network) is a society that brings together both International and Irish students to ensure incoming internationals enjoy their time in Maynooth. We plan trips and events in order to bring people together, make friends and create lifelong memories! We also help current students considering going abroad by providing information from our own experiences. Come join us to meet other and have the craic! Erasmus is not a year in a lifetime, it's a lifetime in a year!


Israel Society

Pro Israel. Pro Peace. Pro Dialogue.

MU Israel Society was set up with one goal in mind. To promote peace. We are a non political or religious society. We welcome all members, let them be of any religion or background. We wish to educate students about Israeli culture and society through fun events open to all. As the first ever pro Israel society in Ireland we have a lotto live up to, that's why we need you! Every member counts and we are free to join. Together we can work towards an ever lasting peace. We hope to see you soon and please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions!

The Maynooth University Japanese Society was founded with the intention of providing a forum in which to give expression to all kinds of Japanese Culture. We concentrate on a diverse range of topics, including literary, historical, artistic and linguistic aspects of Japanese culture, as well as Japanese cuisine. It is our objective to appeal to as varied an interest as possible, and to that end we encourage our members to give expression to any area of Japanese culture that they might be personally interested in. We aim to assist our members in attaining a broad understanding and appreciation for Japanese Culture in all its complexities and subtleties. Finally, we see ourselves as the promoters of Japanese culture on campus, and therefore strive to ensure the continuation of Japanese language classes and other distinctly Japanese activities in our university.


Johto University Society

Maynooth Univeristy's Premier Pokémon Society

WELCOME TO JOHTO UNIVERSITY: MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY'S PREMIER POKÉMON SOCIETY! Johto University members are a wide arrange of Pokémon fans; anime nerds, trading card games fanatics, Pokémon Go addicts, determined competitive players... We welcome all! We offer Pokémon anime movie/episode screenings, battle tutorials (both TCG & VGC), a healthy competitive battling scene, shiny giveaways, competitive giveaways, battle meet-ups, an expansive Pokémon Go community and a group of students who love everything and anything Pokémon! We at Johto University welcome all to our society, as we strive to provide Maynooth University students' with the best Pokémon experience ever within the academic year. DROP INTO US EVERY THURSDAY: 6:30 P.M. @ JOHN HUME LECTURE THEATRE 5 (JH5) STARTING FROM THE 6TH OF OCTOBER!


JP II Society

Thinking about God with others.

The St John Paul II Theological Society provides a forum for theological discussion, in an effort to foster a deeper understanding of the richness, depth and beauty of our Catholic faith. We aim to achieve this by hosting talks and debates on explorations into the writings of various theologians and by discussing various theological questions that affect us today. We provide a forum for faith formation that is faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church. We strive to engage the students and staff of S.P.C.M. and M.U., and those in Maynooth parish and the surrounding area, in theological discussion and debate. As a Society, we are unapologetically Catholic. We are, in many ways counter cultural. We seek to reach out to people of all creeds, and those of no faith – who are open to the search for the Truth that sets us free. This truth has a name and is Christ who is “the way, the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6).

The Kilkenny Campus Society organises events in Kilkenny for both students of the Kilkenny and the main campus. We make the best of being students in this fantastic city and have lots of events planned for 2016/17!


Labour Society

Putting the Social in Socialism

Maynooth Labour is the most progressive student oriented political society in Maynooth. We organize social events and seminars throughout the year. We have our new members evening in the Dáil, a large number of our members also attended Young European Socialist Events. We of course also host our newly celebrated event, our Mojito night! We held many public meetings on a wide variety of topics with speakers We have taken a very vocal role in campaigning for repeal the 8th and abortion rights. We also encourage all our members to become as involved as possible in student life through participation in the Students’ Union and the many other societies in Maynooth. Labour Youth is a Social Democratic youth organisation for those aged 16- 30. We have been to the forefront of several campaigns in the last few years including: Ending Zero Hour Contracts, Repealing the 8th Amendment, European Youth Guarantee, #RelaunchingEurope, The introduction of a living wage, A more progressive tax system, Challenging sexism, homophobia, and transphobia, Internationally, we are affiliated to the Young European Socialists (YES) and the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) History of Labour Youth : Labour Youth was established in 1979 after the Party leader Frank Cluskey, working with the General Secretary, had set in process the establishment of a youth section in 1978. A Consultative Conference to set up Labour Youth took place in the Mansion House prior to Christmas 1978. The first annual conference of Labour Youth took place in on May 13th 1979 and saw the emergence of the Militant Tendency as a force to be reckoned with in the Youth section and in the Party at large. John Kelleher was elected as the first chair of Labour Youth and Jane Scott was the first secretary. The first major campaign run by Labour Youth was on Youth unemployment. The campaign leaflet advocated socialism as the solution to unemployment so that “essential industries and services shall be brought under public ownership and democratic control”. At the second annual Labour Youth Conference in November 1980 an emergency motion was passed calling for an end to the death penalty. The conference took place in Liberty Hall and was addressed by the Party leader Frank Cluskey. The mid-eighties saw heavy campaigns of solidarity with Dunnes Stores employees against Apartheid; Labour Youth members regularly joined the picket lines to fight against South African products being sold in its stores. Labour Youth members helped to raise awareness for the protest and donated over £1900 to the low-paid striking workers in their time of need. The campaign against low pay was the next major movement in which Labour Youth was involved. As early as 1985 Labour Youth helped to sponsor the Give Youth a Future campaign. Members were involved in pickets of dole offices, educational visits to schools, and a meeting with then Minister for Labour, Ruairi Quinn TD. Campaign organizers also submitted a budget proposal to the Minister for Finance. The campaign escalated into an organised nationwide campaign in 1990 after statistics proved what Labour Youth was saying all along: 25% of Irish workers were paid below the European Decency Threshold, 60% of those were women, and 70% of young workers were under the decency standard. In the 80’s Labour Youth reached its highest level of activity and campaigning. Annual conferences drew hundreds of delegates and most constituencies had active youth sections. At this stage Labour Youth was able to call and mobilise for demonstrations in Dublin City Centre that would attract more than 1,000 people. in 1988 Labour Youth membership reached a high of 1,200 members and a left based coalition of candidates including Joanna Tuffy took control of the leadership of Labour Youth. This ended the leadership of Militant within Labour Youth and the leaders of Militant were shortly afterwards expelled from the party. Labour Left, a section of the parliamentary party, had a number of supporters in the Labour Youth ranks and these members influenced the direction Labour Youth took in this transitional period. Members also played an active role in the campaign to elect Labour Party nominee, Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland. The Robinson campaign energised Labour Youth once again and led to an influx of new members. These new members formed the base of Labour Youth for years to come. These new members had a flair, like Robinson, for reviving and creating institutions that others previously saw as stagnant or unneeded. Two examples of such organisations are the National Youth Council of Ireland, which they heavily influenced in the early nineties, and the European Council of Socialist Youth, which they were instrumental in founding in 1992. This spirit of renewal continued with the creation of the Tom Johnson Summer School, a forum for all Labour members to discuss and learn, in 1994. During the early nineties Labour Youth Members continued to campaign against unemployment, emigration and on housing. Labour Youth members campaigned heavily for the abolition of fees which was brought in by the Labour Minister for Education Niamh Bhreathach. In 1999 the Labour Party merged with Democratic Left which resulted in the previous chair of DL Youth been appointed as co-chair of Labour Youth. In the summer of 2001 Labour Youth was one of many international groups that organised a 300,000 strong protest against the G-8 in Genoa. In 2002 and 2003 Labour Youth members played an active role in campaigning against the planned reintroduction of third level fees by the Fianna Fail and PD government. Several student activists involved in fighting fees in grassroots groups like the Campaign For Free Education went on to become involved in Labour Youth. In August 2003 Labour Youth held a special conference and adopted a new constitution and set of structures. A conscious decision was taken to move away from centralised top down structures to an acitivist model based on bulding Labour Youth on the ground. Since then Labour Youth has campaigned heavily on issues such as housing, anti-racism and against the War on Iraq. Labour Youth has also played a key role in the boycott Coca Cola and Shell to Sea campaigns. Our members were heavily involved in the campaign against Michael McDowell’s racist referendum in June 2004. Labour Youth opposed the formation of the National Government of Fine Gael and the Labour Party following the 2011 General Election, in which party leader Eamon Gilmore became Tánaiste. Labour Youth members played an active role in the succesful campaign to elect Michael D. Higgins as the ninth President of Ireland in October 2011. The number of Labour Youth societies in colleges has tripled and the membership of Labour Youth has also tripled in the last couple of years making us the fastest growing youth movement in Ireland.


Languages Society


We are the Languages Society in Maynooth University. We promote languages and language learning, making languages more fun for people. We host regular meet ups where you can make new friends, have some fun and of course learn or practice a language. Come join us for new friendships, experiences and some languages:)


Law Society


We at Lawsoc look after the hundreds of Law students that enter and study law in Maynooth. We have both a social side and an academic side. We organise the prestigious Law Ball which in 2015/2016 was held in The K Club and had 250 attendees. This year our Law Ball will be held in Dunboyne Castle on the 1st December 2016 and will have 280 attendees. We also organise a number of social nights in aid of charity throughout the year, such as For the Lawls which was organised by working with ELSA and FLAC societies on campus to organise much needed funds for the Student's Union Charity of the Year. On the academic side, we run presentations with the major law firms so our members are always in the know about internships and trainee-ships, which particularly come into light during out Law Career Fair which will take place on the 6th October 2016. This year we will also be organising trips to Blackhall on how to become a solicitor and Kings Inn visit us to discuss becoming a barrister, the dates for these trips are yet to be confirmed and will be updated on our social media sites and on campus. Mooting is also a huge part of the society's programme. For those that have not heard of it before mooting is basically debating with law and is a huge benefit for all law students. It allows you to become familiar with the law, practice work as a lawyer and looks amazing on your CV. Our society runs classes during Semester 1 on how to get involved with mooting which ties into our Philpot Curran Novice Moot Court Competition which is kindly sponsored by A&L Goodbody, for all those who have not mooted before. A number of mooting competitions occur across the country and working with the law department, and with their amazing continued support, we are able to send participants without having our members pay the entry fee. At Maynooth Lawsoc we also have our own flagship moot competition which is the Silken Thomas Moot Court Competition, which is generously supported by Matheson. The final is held every year in Carton House and all participants are given the chance to be dined at Carton House by Lawsoc while competing against some of the best mooting teams the common law jurisdiction has to offer.


Legion of Mary Society

Young Catholics on Campus

The Legion of Mary is a group for young Catholics. The aim of membership is to grow in our Catholic faith by community and doing work on campus. We organise a weekly meeting to plan this... taking part in things like outreach on campus, Christian music sessions, work in homeless hostels, bible study groups, letting people know about faith events on Campus and more. Our weekly meeting is a mix of prayer and discussion and afterwards a cup of tea and a chat. We meet every Monday at 4 - 5pm in St. Catherine's common room (the building with the chapel next to the John Hume building) Send us a message on Facebook or just turn up - everyone is really welcome.


Literary & Debating Society

Discuss, Disagree, Debate

The Literary & Debating Society was initially founded in 1795 as part of St. Patrick's College Maynooth and is the oldest society on campus. We believe that the written and spoken word are of equal importance, and therefore we give equal weight to all things literary or debating. We aim to promote freedom of expression, specifically by holding weekly literary and debating events such as house debates, literary circles, debating workshops and talks by guest speakers. Our objectives are to initiate, spark, and facilitate debate within the student body, with no subject too controversial to discuss. Joining Lit & Deb will be one of your best decisions in college as you'll have weekly events, frequent trips to other universities and a great group of people to look forward to. People join the Literary & Debating Society to gain a greater sense of self-confidence and to see different viewpoints on all sorts of diverse issues.


MAD Society

Step into the Spotlight

Hey, we are the Musical and Dramatics Society! As our name suggests we are mad about musicals! We produce two shows every year, our Variety Show and our full scale musical. So far we’ve brought Grease and Rent to Maynooth. Make sure to keep an eye out for what our next big musical will be! As well as our shows we have many events such as open mics, film nights and workshops. If you are interested in musical theatre this is the society for you!


Mars FM Society

MarFM: Let's Get Campus Talking

MarsFM started out life as Maynooth Broadcasting Society and has become one of the biggest radio stations in the Kildare area. Over the years it fought many difficulties and challenges including finding a base for broadcasting and studio equipment. Since then it has managed to establish good relationships with the SU and other college radio stations, as well as a professional relationship with promotional company MCD. With an open door policy, Mars has welcomed every student of Maynooth University: from commuters, to mature, ILI and both under and post graduate students. Even those not involved with MarsFM as presenters or committee are welcomed simply by heading online and listening to those on air.


Maths Society

Maths, Pizza, Problems, Puzzles, Banter

Weekly meetings talking about maths problems over pizza and minerals. Couple of pool tournaments and other events :)

It's a social group for mature students to get together and share idea,s common interest and to assist each other with studies and more important to have a good time in Maynooth


Media Society

Camera Rolling! Action!

Got a idea for a script, music video or you just want to get more hands on experience in film production and online media? Then join us! We will be hosting workshops and shoots over the coming year.


Mental Health Society


MU Mental Health Society is a society based around breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraging those important conversations to happen. We run information campaigns as well doing things encourage positive vibes e.g. arts & crafts, campfires and supporting comedy events! So basically, we’re all about having the chats, spreading positive feels and learning a bit together too.


Mundo Latino Society

Un toque de sabor latino!

Mundo Latino promotes and celebrates all aspects of Spanish and Latin American culture by organizing events in which they can be enjoyed and experienced. Erasmus students, language students and everyone else interested in learning Spanish, enjoying Spanish/Latin American cinema, food or music or even dance will find a home here! We aim to create a friendly, warm and inclusive atmosphere in every one of our events.


Music Society

Not just for music students!!

We are the Maynooth University music society! If you have a passion for anything musical we are the society for you, with branch offs such as jazz, classical and rock/metal we have events to cater for everyone, from jazz gigs to battle of the bands, weekly lunchtime concerts and our much awaited music ball it's going to be a great year so make sure you're there to enjoy it with us!


Ogra Fianna Fail Society

Have your say !

Welcome to Ireland's largest and most active political and social, youth organisation. We are the Maynooth University branch,, one of hundreds across Ireland. Whether you are a budding politician, soon to be elected leader of the world or just craving free pizza, Ogra does it all. From trips to the Dail, to in depth debates about current and past politcal issues and more pizza, we offer a friendly and open society.


Omega Society

Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Anime

Omega Maynooth's resident Science Fiction, Fantasy and Anime Society We are the the society that will do almost anything, once we and can relate it to our collective interest in sci-fi, fantasy or anime. The society that maintains a library full of novels, comic books and manga. The society that supports you and lets you vent your frustration over mid-season/end-season breaks, the loss of your favourite characters and the inevitable heat death of the universe.


Pride Society

The place where everyone fits #PrideSoc

Pride Soc is Maynooth's LGBTQ+ society for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ and all our allies and advocates. Anyone is welcome as long as they bring an open mind and respect for all identities and orientations. We're a social society creating a space for our members to meet new friends, become an activist, go on some great nights out, become informed on LGBTQ+ issues, learn about yourselves, or just watch movies with some free pizza and banter. All our events and social media are safe spaces; so be respectful and confidential to all opinions, experiences, identities and orientations. So basically we welcome all and respect all :) (we are a friendly bunch :P)


Pro Life Society

We are the Pro-Life Generation!

Welcome to Maynooth Students for life! We seek to promote a culture of life at the university and the wider community, advocating the protection of human life and dignity, by informing students on pro-life issues, organising debates to engage all students, fundraising and involvement in national campaigns, and helping student parents, especially women facing crisis pregnancies. We wish to be a voice for students who hold pro-life views, and to become a place where anyone who is curious about the issues surrounding the debate can can extend and strengthen their knowledge. We have great events, speakers, and conferences planned for the year ahead. Anyone who supports our aims is welcome to join!

Last year there were loads of events on throughout the year and this year we hope to have even more! Although this is an academic society we hope to incorporate a big "fun" element with our "Psychology Ball", lots of nights out, movie nights and random events throughout the year :) The academic aspect of the society will be mediated through the guest speakers and any extra supports that we can provide for you :) This is a great society to join and a great resource to have with you throughout your studies and time here in Maynooth University! Suggestions are always welcome :) whatever you need, the soc is here for you! The PsychSoc Team :)


Red Cross Society

A society with a difference: a society that makes a difference!

Maynooth University Irish Red Cross Society is at the forefront of pioneering medical service provision and duty of care to all members of Maynooth University and the wider community. We operate a broad range of services, including providing Medical coverage for MSU during Fresher's week, Christmas Day and the Beach Ball. We also provide event coverage for numerous clubs and societies during their intervarsity's and sports days. Our members also avail of the opportunity to experience forming part of the medical team at festivals and concerts such as, LIFE, Longitude and Electric Picnic each summer. Our primary aim is to take students and educate them in first-aid techniques, skills and practices, with the aim of giving them experience during some of the smaller events we cover. We also operate social care services by assisting members within the wider Maynooth community and offering therapeutic hand care to those in need and by assisting elder members of the community access and complete local social activities. We pride ourselves on our inclusive nature, and our humility to our community service. There is never any issue to large or small that we feel we cannot cope with. We encourage you all to join us at one of our training events on Wednesdays, 6:30pm in John Hume lecture theatre 6 (JH6)


Sinn Fein Society

For an Ireland of Equals.

For over 100 years now Sinn Féin has been to the forefront of bringing about change in Ireland. Republicans and Socialists from Constance Markievicz, James Connolly and Liam Mellows to Bobby Sands, Mairéad Farrell and Joe Cahill have brought us closer to our goal of Irish unity and independence. Today’s generation of republicans continue that work. Sinn Féin is now one of the largest party's on the island of Ireland. We have five Ministers in government in the north, including joint First Minister Martin McGuinness. In 2011 we received our highest electoral support since the partition of Ireland. We have 14 TDs in the Dáil, three Senators in the Seanad, 29 MLAs in the Six County Assembly, an MEP in Europe and almost 300 council seats across the island. We are delivering real change. We are continuing to build the party across the south and have been leading campaigns for job creation and retention and in defence of public services and local communities. We have launched major policy documents around job creation and public finance. Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has initiated a renewed campaign around Irish unity to build widespread support in Ireland for re-unification and to bring the Irish diaspora together behind this demand. We are also continuing to use our experience of conflict resolution to help other peace processes around the world including in the Middle East. Join with us in building an Ireland of equals.


Social Justice League Society

Empower yourself

Empower is a society dedicated to fighting for equality and the empowerment of everyone, regardless of gender, race or social class. We're the society that brought you MENding Monologues, the first of its kind in Europe and this year we hope to do so much more! We're not here to protect against the world but to empower an effect on it! #empowerYourself


Socialist Party Society

A world for the billions, not the billionaires

The Maynooth University branch of the Socialist Party - We stand for the socialist alternative to the dictatorship of the markets – namely real democracy whereby ordinary people take centre stage in running society, with democratic public ownership of banks, of key sectors of the economy and industry, and a democratic plan of the economy to provide for the needs of people. We frequently organise discussion groups, take part in, and organise, protests and information stalls here on campus. Our key focus for the past year has been the issue of the 8th amendment. We, along with other pro-choice societies on campus, were successful in our campaign to make repealing the 8th a red-line issue for MSU. We want you to join the Socialist Party Society – every new member can play a huge role. Join us today and do your part to end austerity, inequality, injustice, oppression and the enriching of a tiny billionaire global elite, while the hopes, dreams and rights of the majority of humanity are trampled on by capitalism.

Maynooth University Politics & Sociology Society was founded in 2014 with the aim of raising awareness of political and current affairs topics on campus. The Society is in no way politically affiliated, but rather is a community for those interested in political current affairs to meet people from all walks of life and engage with the political climate of the day. The Society aims to host a variety of events throughout the academic year not only for its members to enjoy but also to increase the visibility of political activism throughout the whole campus!


Socit Society

Maynooth's Computer Science Society

Socit is Maynooth University's Information Technology Society. We meet every Thursday of term in CB8 in the Callan Building at 7pm. Our weekly activites include projects, talks and trips. It's also a great opportunity for people to grow their networks and seek useful advice.

The aim of the Maynooth Students' SVP - St Vincent de Paul Society conference is to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need. The concept of need is broader than financial hardship. Therefore at Maynooth visiting and engaging with those in need plays a huge part of the society. There is a huge social element at the heart of this conference that makes it both enjoyable and hugely addictive. Maynooth Students' SVP is relaxed, easy-going and flexible to suit the student and the student can get involved as much or as little as they like. Some of the activities run are the weekly soup runs to the homeless of Dublin, local nursing home visits, homework clubs, flat decorating, training and courses. The society offers the opportunity to volunteer over the summer with Ozanam House, Sunshine House, and Teenhols who run day camps and holiday camps for disadvantaged children and teenagers throughout the summer. There are also social and fundraising events such as the extremely popular Fr Ted Themed Lovely Girls Competition, Santa’s Grotto, nights out, weekends away, BBQ’s, pub crawls, sleep outs, cake sales, quizzes, debates, guest speakers, charity ball, fun runs, slave auctions, guest speakers, 5 a- sides, the PJ party and teaming up with the other University SVP Conferences throughout the year.


Tea Society

Our AGM is on Tuesday 25th April 2017 at 6pm!

Tea Soc is all about sitting back and relaxing with a cuppa, a few biscuits and other savoury pastries and foods. TeaSoc aims to promote a relaxed, friendly environment where members can de-stress, make new friends and be part of the Tea Family. All of our committee members are 100% approachable and friendly and we are happy to answer any questions you have. We meet up most weeks, usually during the daytime, and our plans for next year are just awesome, if we say so ourselves!! Join TeaSoc for cool tea-related puns, a chill out, time to meet new people and make lifelong friends. after all, who doesn't love a biscuit with their tea in their favourite mug?? Feel free to conatct us at any time via facebook, email or even in person!!

Hey guys! Trad Soc is a great society for both musicians and people who like to just chill and listen to some good tunes! We are well taken care of by the staff in Brady's bar, where we have our weekly session on a Tuesday night. The musicians who attend the session range from beginners to advanced players, but either way your guaranteed to learn something new and have a bit of craic! We have a great year lined up, hoping to play at plenty of events, get hoodies and the works! So join up to guarantee you have a great time next year!


Yoga Society

Be a warrior, Not a worrier!

MU Yoga soc hold a number of yoga & Pilates classes every week for our members! Our classes run during the day & in the evening, so we are very commuter friendly. Complete beginner you say? You're not alone, the majority of people at class will be! "But i'm not flexible?" That's why you come! you will be touching your toes in no time! "I don't have a mat" Not too worry, we have loads and you can borrow one for class! All you need is yourself, a bottle of water and your set! p.s You don't need to attend every yoga class , feel free to drop in and out of every and any class that suits you, there is no pressure to attend every class :) Each class cost's €2, and don't forget to pick up your loyalty card after paying your membership fee, as this will allow you to get your 4th class free after attending 3! Make sure to like our Facebook page to keep up with our timetable and other events. If you have any other questions feel free to ask!

The Maynooth University branch of Young Fine Gael -Ireland's largest youth political organisation, and the largest party on campus!