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…

A Start Unlike Any Other

The world right now is living through a time of increasing turbulence and not just due to a global pandemic (he said, casually) but politically, socially, and culturally. Naturally, this too has trickled over to our own community here at UCC. At the time of writing the situation surrounding a return to university was up…

Les Vulnerables- Ireland’s Refugee Industry

If Direct Provision is a business, then human beings are its livestock. And the Irish government is its financier.  The system usually works like this- the Irish government pays money to private, for-profit companies (to the tune of a total €1.2 billion since 2000). In return, these companies’ staff and furnish centres that receive, house…

Direct Provision and Irish Solidarity

In the wake of the murder of unarmed George Floyd by a police officer from the Minneapolis Police Department and the ensuing protests in the United States, there have been shows of solidarity all around the world. Last Monday in Dublin we saw similar protests of solidarity in a show of unity marking our society’s…

Everything Happens for a Reason  Or does it? 

by Elisha Carey Isolation day 16. I’ve been wracking my brain for days, weeks even, trying to come up with an idea for my final opinion piece. The big finisher. Something that wraps up all these months of hard work in a neat little bow. As much as I’ve tried to resist it, it feels weird to write about anything…

The Perks of Perth

By Aoife Gleeson   Ah Australia, the ‘Land Down Under’. Home of The Great Barrier Reef, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Hamilton Island…the list goes on. However, who first thought of the West Coast when I mentioned ‘Australia’? Aha, caught you there didn’t I! The humble region that is Western Australia is often overlooked…

The Art of Appreciating Art

By Elisha Carey   “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton   Recently I’ve found myself standing in front of some of the world’s most famous paintings. I’m currently on Erasmus in the Netherlands, which is home to some of the greatest paintings ever painted. Here you’ve…