Where you come from is irrelevant here

I write from inside my empty kitchen, overlooking the Halls courtyard, the night before 1000 first years descend on this miniature concrete rainforest, like I did: apprehensive. Tabloids and broadsheets alike herald Trinity as the sole relic of the class divide in Ireland, and this lie, so commonly told to our young people, often does […]

George Hook and his comments have no place on the airwaves

At time of writing, George Hook has been suspended from Newstalk with immediate effect, following the furore surrounding his now infamous comments on rape earlier this month. Most will now be familiar with what he said. The substance of Hook’s intervention was essentially to say that, while rape is an awful crime, surely some blame […]

What does Trinity stand for?

In a few weeks, thousands of freshers will be going to orientation lectures. They’re going to be told, as you were, and as I was, that they’re lucky to be here – that they’re privileged to be going to the one of the great, internationally renowned universities.   In the last number of years, Trinity […]

Pro-life to pro-choice: confessions from a convert

I was working as a research assistant in College the summer after my first year. I saw the Rally for Life posters every day on my route to and from work but hadn’t seriously considered attending until the day of the rally. It was a Saturday and, since I had nothing else to do, I […]

Do Millennials really buy too much avocado toast?

What is a Millennial? When Tim Gurner, an Australian millionaire and real estate developer, criticized Generation Y, the so-called “Millennials”, for buying $19 avocado on toast instead of saving for a house, it’s safe to say the outrage was well aired across social media, the pen and paper of the millennial generation.   Avocado toast, […]

A case for manic depressive disorder

Few of us give thought to the names we grant our diseases. William Styron complained that the word “depression” didn’t aptly describe the all-encompassing void that was his illness. Rarely do we relate our cancer to the crab-like appearance after which the swollen tumours are named.   Our greatest error is not recognising the power […]

How dare they take our Pav grass

“Though nothing can bring back the hour/ Of splendour in the grass,/ of glory in the flower, We will grieve not, rather find/ Strength in what remains behind”   I’m a man of simple pleasures. Sunshine, somewhere to lie down, a team of men in white playing cricket within 100 metres of me and being […]

Northern Ireland should reject the Irish Language Act

Four months after the Assembly election in March, Northern Ireland still has no devolved government. A long-running dispute behind the political deadlock concerns the introduction of an Irish Language Act. While Irish has official status as a national language of the Republic, it is recognised only as a minority language in the North.   Many […]

Pools, lakes and sandy beaches: summer at home in the States

It’s been a little over two weeks since I landed in Boston, for the first time since December, and it’s good to be home. We had pretty awful weather recently, and when you work at a pool that is less than ideal. Thankfully, things are now sunny and warm; perfect for sundresses and breakfasts outdoors. […]

Corbyn offers a new path to success for the Left

The narrative of last week’s British election result – one of Corbyn and Labour confounding expectations to a degree no one expected – has already been well documented. But it is worth restating briefly the scale of the achievement: Labour faced what was estimated as a 20% deficit in the polls, prompting fears of a […]

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