Stories of Survival: Mick Finnegan

Trinity student Mick Finnegan details his past of sexual abuse, homelessness and mental illness, and explains how he reclaimed his life

This article includes discussion of sexual assault and attempted suicide.

Many students have overcome significant challenges to reach their desired field of study in Trinity. But few have faced as many as Mick Finnegan (37), who this year started a


People Before Profit and student socialism

How one of Trinity’s most active political societies is navigating this year

Trinity has many active political societies, including the Young Greens, Young Fine Gael, Ógra Sinn Féin and numerous others. These societies provide a platform for young people interested in public policy and politics to come together and discuss issues and


The changing scope of students’ welfare needs

Welfare Officer Leah Keogh on tackling cases shaped by Covid-19

“One student described how the isolation period on campus could be “profoundly lonely” and that, “There have been days that have taken a toll on mental health.””

“First year students, who by all rights should be swirling in a whirlwind


De-platforming, Dawkins and debate

A look into September’s controversy surrounding the dis-invitation of Richard Dawkins to the Hist

Eleven years ago, in 2009, the University of Oklahoma was investigated by the Oklahoma State Legislature for permitting Richard Dawkins to speak albeit under different circumstances than those that have raised attention to Dawkins around Trinity in the last


Re-imagining our forests

A change is underway in Irish forestry policy, and in our landscape itself

While the climate crisis has occupied the public consciousness, with mixed success, for the best part of the last two decades, biodiversity loss has increasingly risen in prominence alongside it in recent times. Once fashionable, neatly rolled lawns are increasingly


Sunday longread: Cocaine culture amid Covid-19

Like most other businesses, the cocaine scene in Dublin was altered and affected by the coronavirus

“It just gives you that little shot of energy in the arm, makes you less of a wallflower.” 

“It makes jokes funnier, conversations more interesting.”

”It makes me feel anxious and highly strung, I don’t really do it.”

“When the


Asylum seekers in university: Same college, different experience

Students living in direct provision are forced to deal with very different circumstances than some of their peers

While Leaving Cert students this year faced a summer of uncertainty and angst as to whether they would be allocated their desired third-level place, students living in Direct Provision have faced a particularly difficult situation.

As of the start of …

Student Living

Getting tested for Covid-19

I was on the Surf Society’s Fuerteventura trip. I had to get tested for coronavirus

A certain eerie calm had descended on the area between the IFSC and our so-called Silicon Docks. Hanover Quay normally hums with phone calls, overpriced croissants and business suits. On this day, it stood nearly devoid of life, the silence …


SU Elections: “Quite apolitical” Eoin Hand puts local issues into the spotlight

Hand wants to be the president of students who “go to lectures, eat lunch and go home”

Eoin Hand, hailing from Cashel Co. Tipperary, is one of the three students contesting the SU election for President. Energetic and charismatic, he explains that his reason for running is that over his four years in college he found himself …