The reality of winter depression in Ireland

Why do we find the dark days so draining?

Winter depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a form of depression that is related to the change in the seasons. It is estimated to affect one in 15 people in Ireland and for most people, SAD begins and ends

Beware of the birds

What danger lies behind the squawks of Trinity’s gulls?

Love them or hate them, the squawking and sauntering of seagulls is familiar to most urban inhabitants and students alike: especially those who dare to eat outside. The banter of such a lunchtime session is a regular occurrence for many

Wholesome Catholic fun

An unexpected past lies deep at the heart of one of Ireland’s primary institutes of art and progress

Located in the centre of Temple bar, the Irish Film Institute (IFI) is a centre of art and culture. While it’s central mantra is to preserve, exhibit, and educate, a surprising past lurks in its foundations.  Since its start in

Stepping from the heavens

What does humankind hope to glean from venturing to the stars?

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

Tattoos: art of the soul

How have tattoos changed over the ages as a means of expression?

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

Gun control in the United States

Caoimhe Gordon speaks to two American students about gun control in their nation.


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,