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…

We Need To Talk About The Trans ‘Debate’

In recent months the ‘trans debate’ has reigned the social media sphere. At the time of writing, the latest casualty of this debate has been an op-ed posted by former Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore on her departure from the publication due to, in her view, being ‘silenced’ in her attempts to address the ‘trans debate’….

A Year in Numbers

Writes Kim Neiland Nothing will damage you so ferociously as the expectations you have for yourself. Our lives are defined by goals, by figures, by opportunities missed and taken. This year has taken its toll on all of us. Very few will look back on this year fondly, if anyone at all. Holidays were cancelled,…

A Question of Class

Writes Andrew Duffy You are probably sick to your molars of reading about lockdown. What once felt surreal, almost dreamlike in occurrence has now permeated our everyday lives and melted into the backdrop. Like a wallpaper with unprecedented socio economic repercussions. A suitable analogy is the opening scenes of Shaun of the Dead in which…

In Defense of Un-Productivity

It’s Wednesday afternoon, I’ve gotten through today’s ‘to-do’s’ sooner than expected and now I’ve a hunk of free time at my disposal. Finally, I can spend the time I’d usually spend scrolling through Twitter and TikTok, minus the guilt! Then the idea of getting a head start on tomorrow’s to-do’s crosses my mind, it makes…

Killing Our Heroes

Writes Tadhg MacCionnaith How we treat notable personalities, as individuals and as a society, has been a topic which has reared its head in 2020 time and time again. From stories surrounding politicians to influencers to statues, now is a good time to examine our relationship with fame and those we idolise. What is a…