First Refugee Week Launched in UCC

Following UCC’s designation as a University of Sanctuary by the organization ‘Places of Sanctuary Ireland’, the week of February 5th saw the launch of UCC’s inaugural Refugee Week. The five day event took place throughout campus, and was organized by UCC’s University of Sanctuary working group, in collaboration with the UCC STAR Society, The Social…

Refugee Week – Inside UCC STAR Society

UCC STAR society is the very first Irish branch affiliated with the UK based charity ‘Student Action for Refugees’. STAR is a student run organisation, which is comprised of approximately 27,000 members stemming from student societies across 42 universities and colleges in the UK and Ireland. This vast network of students is utilised by the…

UCC Declared a University of Sanctuary

University College Cork (UCC) has been awarded the title of University of Sanctuary by People of Sanctuary Ireland in recognition of their efforts in promoting the welfare of vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, in particular the grant of seven full scholarships to members of these groups. The scholarships will be available for full-time undergraduate courses…

USI Protest Against Aramark Due To Mistreatment In Direct Provision Centres

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have staged a protest outside of retailer Avoca on Suffolk Street, Dublin, in protest against the Aramark-owned company’s connections to direct provision centres in Ireland. Students of Trinity College Dublin also organised a boycott of the Aramark-run caterer on campus, Westland Eats, in November. Aramark, which bought Avoca…

Editorial – Ireland 2017

I went to Mass for the first time in ages a while ago. I genuinely cannot tell you the last time I went to Mass that wasn’t for Christmas, for a funeral or by accident. For international readers, particularly our American friends, I didn’t go to Massachusetts for random events throughout the years; Mass is…