Permission to speak freely, Sir?

When addressing the subject of freedom of speech, there are several quotes to choose from. Voltaire, Churchill and Orwell have all offered their thoughts on the matter, but this article will begin with Benjamin Franklin’s: “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without […]

A place to call our own

The Need for a Student Centre   “As the college grows, the consequences of not having a student centre, or even simply a seating space for students, becomes increasingly evident.”   Though Trinity is lucky to have a leafy and historic campus, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, there is a distinct lack […]

Inside Trinity’s book repository: Santry Stacks

“The library’s status as a legal deposit or ‘copyright’ library, the only one in Ireland,  means that it is entitled to free copies of any material published in either Ireland or the United Kingdom”     The Trinity College Library has a book repository in Santry which acts as storage for over three million books, a […]

Suas ar Scoil: A unique and fun learning environment for DEIS school students

The birth of Suas ar Scoil   “Visiting the school twice a week and working in these intensive groups has proven to be a huge success, not only improving the capabilities of the students but also their self-confidence with Gaeilge.”     “The experiences from working in disadvantaged schools at home and abroad inspired me […]

A Students’ Dublin: Phibsboro

Please believe me when I say that dropping the terms “post-truth” or “gentrification” into conversations with your mates over pints will not increase your street (liberal elite) credibility. However, much to my own dismay, extensive time on could not provide me with an alternative to the overused “gentrified” – which is, in truth, the […]

Magnified societies: Tuning in with Trinity TV

“[…]it is not only desirable to have a handle on skills relating to producing media content, it is fast becoming necessary.”   Trinity TV (TTV) is a presence in college which deserves more recognition than it receives. For some students TTV is an elusive society, a mysterious entity you could miss in your four years […]

Embracing brunch

  Brunch is a favourite with both yummy mummys and hungover students alike. Some might view brunch as a classy affair, where one is well-presented and drinking mimosas. Students might be more accustomed to enjoying a good brunch after a heavier night while steering clear of further alcohol.   Personally, I think an appropriate brunch […]

My experience as… a student who doesn’t like going out

The pre-drinks were the best part, I tell everyone once again. And again, and again, until it stops becoming a coincidence. I sit myself down, take a deep breath and finally admit it: I am not, nor will I ever be, a “sesh moth”. Though it can seem antithetical to being a student to feel […]

The declining funding of Ireland’s higher education sector

In a world that sees conservative values dominating, along with the rising sentiment that students should pay for their education, Irish students are, in a sense, lucky, that over 90% of us attend institutions predominantly funded by the state. Unlike students in the UK or US, for example, we are not shouldered with tens of […]

The nitty-gritty of the Northern Irish elections

After months of controversy, the whirlwind political scandal “cash for ash” caused the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly. After ten years of power-sharing between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin, it was a botched energy scheme that caused a decade-long reign to go up in smoke. An election takes place today, March […]


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