Coffee, grammar and a made up language spoken by real people

Irish Green Party founder Christopher Fettes, one of Ireland’s prominent Esperantists, won’t try to convert you, although he’s always open to a friendly chat, Conor O’Donovan and Maurice Casey find.


indepthBANNERAs soon as we take our seats opposite him, Christopher Fettes is sliding two copies of the best English-language Esperanto guide he’s found to date across the table. Though he distinguishes himself from the movement’s more evangelical contingent, as a …


Social media provides another avenue for protest in Stoneybatter

The use of social media as a political platform has played an important part of the anti-water charges movement, but it is just one aspect of a dynamic campaign in the heart of Dublin’s north inner city.

indepth1Eric was on holiday in Spain during last October’s Right2Water march, the first major rally against water charges held in Dublin. Taken aback by the size of the “colossal” crowd that marched on that autumn weekend, however, he was quick …


Remembering a much less mobilised student community

Trinity student politics of the 1960s suffered from relentless in-fighting as well a shortage of candidates.

InDepthTrinity in the 1960s, according to this paper, was a place where “everyone knew everyone”, a claim supported by gossip columns in which campus parties were dissected and students vomiting in Triumph Heralds were named in bold lettering. Student politics, …


Meet the Dublin activists picketing JobBridge businesses

The Work Must Pay campaign has gathered momentum in recent months by naming and shaming Dublin businesses taking on JobBridge interns.

indepthBANNERIt’s a chilly evening as I make my way along the quays to meet with the Work Must Pay picketers before their protest. At first it seems I may have the wrong place. It’s a relief to find, upon crossing …


The only Ostzone techno night in the Free State

Members of DU History, the student society renowned for its tongue-in-cheek history-themed club nights, talk about finding comic relief in historical tragedy and pitch in on the controversy surrounding Channel 4’s famine sitcom.

indepth1The dance floor was already caked with juice splash and straw. The ceilidh band’s set had come to an end and the pipes had been engulfed by a slap bass groove, only to reemerge sporadically. At the bar, three Junior …


Finding time to find the right tools

Final-year English students have the opportunity to develop their writing under the tutelage of novelist Deirdre Madden. One student talks to TN about taking his writing to new places.

indepth1It takes Callum and I quite some time to find a suitable spot for our interview. We make our way across the third floor of the Arts Building, finding most of the choicer nooks and crannies already occupied. We finally …