Ireland needs to reconsider foreign languages

By Claudia M. Zedda UCC has a student body of more than 20,000 people, of which 3,000 are international students. Our campus welcomes students from over 100 countries, each with its different history, culture, and language. Yet, many Irish people are not able to speak a foreign language.  Ireland itself is home to two main…

Foreign Bodies 

Writes Rían Browne, Opinion Editor  As a country we have an interesting relationship with the exportation of fragments of our society and culture. In most cases this is incredibly positive – the celebration of a rich tradition of  art, music, and literature further afield comes to mind. But, the same can also be said when…

Is Self Care The Answer?

Over the last number of months, the drastic rearranging of how we conduct our lives, and the challenges that arise from it, has also drawn our attention to how we take care of our mental health and wellbeing. The notion of ‘self care’ and what it may mean has come to the forefront of the…

“Field” for Thought

Writes Aoife Gleeson & Sadhbh Horan On a late Winter’s afternoon, a rare spectacle of nature is witnessed. A weary student traipses up the stairs of their student accommodation. Hiking boots (covered in mud), wellies (chilling in a plastic SuperValu bag), coat (dripping wet), trousers (preferably still intact), body (cold), stomach (hungry), socks (wet), morale…