Stepping from the heavens

“I know the whole world is watching now. I wish you could see what I can see. Sometimes you have to get up really high to understand how small you are… I’m going home now.”   With these words, on the 14 October 2012 Felix Baumgartner let go of the handles of his capsule and […]

Tattoos: art of the soul

Rituals and cultures Tattoos have long been part of important rituals and traditions in a vast variety of cultures around the globe. Amazon tribes tattooed themselves as a ritual of protection, so the dark spirits would not approach them. Some tattoos were believed to have the mystical power to bring spiritual guardians. Others were used […]

Gun control in the United States

Another day, another shocking headline, another series of weeping families photographed to convey the sense of shock that has brought another town to a standstill in America. Another fiery statement from Trump, another erupting debate about the availability of guns, another sense of confusion from other nations towards those Americans who constantly defend the right […]

Head of the Union

On an overcast Wednesday morning in the Arts Building, I set out to talk to Trinity’s Students’ Union President in his preparation for the March for Education. Luckily, he was not hard to find. Towering above the swarms of students in the concourse, I caught him just as he greeted a group of first year […]

Blood is thicker than water

About one in four people will require a blood transfusion at some point in their lives. Over a 1,000 Irish people receive blood transfusions every week and approximately 70,000 patients will have blood transfusions by this year’s end. Constant campaigns remind us that supplies in hospitals are always running low. Because different medical circumstances require […]

Ireland doesn’t want me to be a nurse

There is a consensus that to be in third level education, one does not necessarily need to have a vocation for their specific course. For most of us, our time in college and earning your degree is a matter of making friends, balancing a job and degree and getting through it all. Arguably, there are […]

Don’t let the bedbugs bite

Going to another country as an au pair is something that has always been on my bucket list. So last summer, after saying goodbye to my parents and promising that I will call them every night before bed, I travelled to Rome for the very first time. My first night felt surreal. There were a […]

Alice the Rebel

Evan Sunderland is a storyteller. Sitting in a corner of a tea room in Fade Street, his black hoodie and dark-rimmed glasses were in sharp contrast with the pink and white china tea set on the table in front of him. He looked incongruous in this environment and yet, funnily enough, the scene is perfect. […]

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned

Walking into a church always carries with it the risk of immolation. At least for me. Consecrated bread has never touched my lips. I’ve never been baptised, nor have I made my Confirmation. While my family were devout Roman Catholics, my parents broke away from the church and decided I should decide my faith for […]

The success and scandal of Uber

“Patience is a virtue.” The age-old mantra loses its relevance in this era – an era christened that of the “Instant Gratification Economy”. In these modern and technological times, almost anything can be assessed, perused and ordered through a single tap of a screen. Talking to other humans to confirm an order is replaced by […]


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