UCC Students to cycle #600KM4Cancer

Writes Cailean Coffey On Friday 21st February, two final-year UCC students will begin a 600km, three-day cycle to raise money for childhood cancer. Killian Burke, who studies Finance, and Kevin Harte, who studies Commerce, will be cycling from Mizen Head, Co. Cork to Malin Head, Co. Donegal. The journey will take three days, and will…

Event Reminder: Refugee Week

UCC’s Refugee Week is set to take place on the week of February 3-7, three years after its inception and the university’s declaration as a University of Sanctuary. This year’s theme is, ‘What is Sanctuary?’, which will be discussed in talks and seminars as well as explored through art. Key events include “’Building Sanctuary :…

Ex-UCCSU President running in General Election

by Samantha Calthrop and Ciaran Dineen   Alan Hayes, former president of the UCC Students’ Union, is running as an independent candidate in the constituency of Carlow-Kilkenny in the upcoming General Election on February 8th. With his platform based in mental health, suicide awareness, drugs, and accessibility to education, he will stand for election alongside…

The RIC, Climate Change and Greta Thunberg: An Interview with the Lord County Mayor

By Maeve O’ Sullivan   Should we condone the government for the plans of the RIC and ‘Black and Tans’ commemoration and what lessons should be taken from this controversy? Lord County Mayor Christopher O’Sullivan talks with Deputy News editor Maeve O’Sullivan about the recent news backlash, while also sharing his environmental plans for Cork,…

UCC GE Debate: Shouts, Cheers, and Scepticism

by Samantha Calthrop   UCC’s Government & Politics and Law Society’s General Election debate saw four party representatives come to UCC and debate 2020’s election issues. Moderated by Government & Politics lecturer Dr. Mary C. Murphy, councillors Lorna Bogue (Green Party), Colm Kelleher (Fianna Fáil), Thomas Gould (Sinn Fein), and Social Democrats candidate Ciarán McCarthy…

UCC scientists research new uses for farming wastewater

by Samantha Calthrop Dairy and milk production creates a large amount of waste products, with outputs of grease, protein, or discarded whey and trimmings. All that nutrient-rich substance is simply thrown away— but could be put to better use, says UCC’s Newtrients research project. The EPA-funded project is headed by plant scientist Prof. Marcel Jansen,…

Worry as banks sell off 1000s of ATMs

by Samantha Calthrop Criticism has been targeted at AIB and Bank of Ireland, both of whom have announced that they plan to sell a collective 1000 of their ATMs on to private companies, who may introduce extra charges. Presenter Eoghan McDermott and journalist Michael Wolsey have both taken to the media to voice their protests,…

Past UCC Student Shines on Tommy Tiernan Show

by Maeve O’Sullivan Saturday 26th of January saw Irish viewers inspired by Cork man James Leonard when he was interviewed on the Tommy Tiernan Show. In the discussion, James revealed how he overcame his heroin addiction. The Cork native found himself introduced to heroin at the age of 21 after years of experimentation with other…

“Justice for Hamza”: Intervention for UCC Student

by Samantha Calthrop On Tuesday 14th January, UCC staff and students gathered at the quad in solidarity with UCC student Hamza Khan— who, along with his parents, three brothers and sister, was issued a deportation order after having spent three years in Ireland’s Direct Provision system. The Khans’ deportation order was revoked through intervention by…

General election called for February 8th

by Samantha Calthrop   Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that a general election will be held on Saturday February 8th. It takes place four years after the 2016 General Election, which elected the Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil alliance that currently heads the Dáil.   This is the first election since 1918 to be held on a…