When All Is Said And Done

By Fergal Smiddy, Byline Editor And just like that, another academic year – arguably the strangest one to date – saunters itself towards a bittersweet close. They say that the years of our lives tend to go by quicker as they pass, and as I grow older I find this old adage harder and harder to circumvent….

On Longevity

By Fergal Smiddy Never in my life, up until now, have I ever have even contemplated engaging in a behaviour as perverted as booking a physio appointment just to have a reason to leave my house. Just to leave my house might be stretching things a bit. Although the cabin fever most definitely spurred my enthusiasm in picking…

Vaccines, Seanfhocail, things of that nature…

By Fergal Smiddy “Is glas iad na cnoc i bhfad uainn” – “Faraway hills are green”. Something mad, kind of endearing, about seanfhocail, is that they always seem to possess this annoyingly stubborn core of truth that seems impossibly relevant. Now, for the gatekeeping-inclined Gaeilgeoir out there – of whom I hope and believe there are few –…

Holding close what we know

Another fleeting fortnight, another last-ditch scramble, and just like that – the final Byline of semester one is hot off the (digital) press. It’s truly, truly mad to think we’ve ploughed through seven of these – or six-and-a-half I suppose, thanks to the Freshers issue’s brevity – and found ourselves at the Christmas season already. …