Salinger is dead, but his spirit lives on

J.D. Salinger is dead, the author who wrote what was once widely regarded as the seminal “coming of age” novel. Novels such as these are usually best appreciated when the reader is on the cusp of adulthood. They are unique in that, when read at the right age, they establish an emotional resonance in the […]

Justice may be blind, but the people in the courtroom certainly are not

The new, technologically advanced Criminal Courts pose a threat to the right to personal privacy, according to Sarah Fulham-McQuillan. She examines the murder trial of Eamonn Lillis for evidence of this problem. Throughout history there has always been a huge interest in the intimate details of murders. Perhaps this comes from an appreciation for inoffensive […]

That joke isn’t funny anymore: why it’s time to stop listening to the irony excuse

Irony has been an unfortunate centerpiece of popular culture for too long. Charlie Baker hopes this tiresome reverence doesn’t carry on. My compulsive addiction to lists and listing really reached a high water mark in December, at the culmination of the incongruently named “Noughties”. Each major news publication competed to reach the most definitive summation […]

Could it be that the Large Hadron Collider is being clock-blocked?

Following a series of delays, some physicists have begun to ask if the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN is being sabotaged by the future. Aoife Crowley investigates this strange hypothesis to see if God really does hate Higgs Bosen particles.  Picture the scene. In an unspecified but not too distant future, we are doomed. […]

Students’ mental health: problems, policy and politics

The sensitive issue of mental well-being amongst Trinity students — and amongst younger people in Ireland — has once again returned to the fore, after a summer that saw two tragic events in particular highlight the need for a raised awareness of mental health concerns. On August 20th, a funeral was held in Dalkey for […]

Gaelscoileanna, punts – our future of “No”

Dublin, 2035. 8.00am. Awoken by the built-in alarm in his iBuddy, a bleary-eyed and hungover Liam considers rolling over and sleeping until his preferred hour of midday, but remembers he can’t afford to miss any more of his 9 o’clock Europe tutorials. After the boom decade of the “twenties of plenty” the Dole pays out […]

Revelations and realisation in the Holy Lands

Although our stay in Palestine was ten days brief, articulating my travels in just one thousand words is perhaps akin to panning for gold with a comically large colander, one punched mischievously with holes the size of mini-discs (should anyone care to remember that poorly-marketed victim of time’s ruthless march): many nuggets of travel-literature gold […]

Take two pills and call me in the morning

The love potion has long played a part in the tradition of literature. Shakespeare has Brabantio accuse Othello of enchanting his daughter with “drugs… That weaken motion.” J. K. Rowling, meanwhile, writes of amortentia in magic land, a potion which exudes a different aroma for each person; Hermione smells fresh parchment and Ron Weasley’s hair.

Your rights as a consumer expressed and explained

A consumer by definition is a person who buys goods and services for personal use. When a consumer purchases goods from a retailer, a contract is formed. The formation of the contract is an agreement between the retailer and consumer for the provision of goods or services at a certain price. Most consumers’ rights and […]

Art? Drama? Performance

There is a plethora on Grafton Street, indeed in every city in the world, but what is the point of street performance? Victoria Nellis describes the derivation, drama and delights


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