Waltons – Then the music ended

February 28, 2018

When the South Great Georges Street branch of music retailer Waltons closed on Monday 19th, after almost thirty years in business, the move hit some particularly close to home. “Personally, I feel pretty disappointed” former

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Grooming – the dark channels of cyber deviancy

February 14, 2018

Grooming is the common term used to explain how a sexual predator draws a child into their trust, with the core objective; to meet the child in the real world to commit sexual abuse.

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The future of Europe will need a united front

February 9, 2018

On the 23rd of June 2016, there was a seismic change that reverberated throughout the continent of Europe. Social media was flooded with responses of shock and, in some cases, outrage at the results of

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How two students took the journalism world by storm

December 3, 2017

It all started six months ago, in a living room in Dublin. André Bastié needed to transcribe twelve interviews for an academic research project on Social Entrepreneurship for his masters in e-commerce in DCU. He

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Online gambling can negatively affect students

November 2, 2017

There was a pungent stench of weed, cigarettes and stale alcohol that clouded the air of the small room. Excited chatter and electronic music pulsated throughout the empty space while the gyrating bodies were getting


Who killed JFK – what will the papers say?

November 1, 2017

In 1992 a precedent was set by law which locked away, from prying eyes, thousands of papers in relation to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.


Back to the future-ish

October 11, 2017

Once upon a time, those of us over the age of 27, imagined that by now, we would glide through our daily routines, resplendent in suits of crystal LED’s, attending to life from the noiseless


X and the giant Apple

September 27, 2017

If man and machine lived harmoniously in perfect co-existence, Apple would be its all-nurturing Biblical force – assuming the role of guardian over the bliss artificial utopia. An A11 bionic chip, True Tone display and

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I am not to blame

September 27, 2017

Rape. It’s a tiny word that contains so much emotion, violence, destruction and devastation. It means, by it’s dictionary definition; to plunder, to strip bare of resources, to sexually assault. There is no question of

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The last good, Good Friday

April 19, 2017

Bibi Drumm, lifetime parish member and a devout Catholic, sits down in her compact living room, leaning her walking stick gently against the arm of the upholstered chair. “Once you get over 65 – which

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Postcards from abroad

April 5, 2017

The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair.”  So says the great author JRR Tolkien. As Ibrahim Halawa spends yet another


Palestine, Israel and the UCC conference

February 8, 2017

With all of the controversy surrounding the UCC conference, Paola Rivetti, a member of Academics for Palestine, explains why the conference should go ahead.


Wabi-sabi and enjoying your imperfections

January 19, 2017

Between the frustration of inconvenient snow, dwindling budgets and an unrealistic abstinence from booze, the new year brings prosperity but reminds us that the first month of the year is always a tough one.


On Journalism, Networked Advocacy and Post-Truth

January 5, 2017

Digital technologies and the pervasiveness and wide accessibility of the internet have fundamentally transformed the way journalists and advocates function. Because of the speed at which technology is advancing – and therefore the nature of

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Free Speech frees the mind

November 30, 2016

In our ever-polarising political climate, it is now more important than ever to turn the focus on an open and educated discussion between people from all walks of life. This, more than anything, was the tone

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Minority groups and modern media: a war of its own

November 16, 2016

The political turmoil between Western society and Islamic culture has fundamentally – and permanently – redefined modern journalistic practices, with every one of our well-favoured news outlets equally responsible for contributing to the European epidemic

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Teachers say they need better pay

November 16, 2016

As two further days of strike action took place in secondary schools across the country last week, teachers and students returned to school on Wednesday as the strike by the Association of Secondary School Teachers

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Over 100 days later, but what does Brexit mean for us?

October 26, 2016

The impact of a country like the United Kingdom exiting the European Union is something that will be felt throughout the entire world. While the Sterling continues to sharply decrease in value, we here in

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How to save a life

October 12, 2016

Humanity is not the perfect species, there is no promise of healthy perfect babies, but few people become pregnant with the expectation of having a child with a life altering disease. Cystic Fibrosis is a