Strange Dublin – adapting to new surroundings

Laura Kaspar writes about the phenomenon of “culture shock” for a foreign student in Dublin. For my first lecture in a college in Dublin I was 20 minutes early. I did not know when people would usually arrive and the thought of being late terrified me. But no one was there. When I was still the only one waiting five minutes… Read more »

Who or what is to blame for the decline of the Irish language?

Martin McGauley ponders the reasons for the decline in the use of Irish. With over a billion euro estimated to be spent on the promotion of the Irish language annually, why is there a continuing trend of people choosing not to use it in their daily lives? Is this money being wasted on needless and seemingly useless education? The… Read more »

Is there real choice is the Irish school system?

Alexander Lundquist considers the enduring place of religion in Irish primary schools. There is a country where over 90 per cent of all State-funded primary schools are run by the same organisation. That country is Ireland and that organisation is the Catholic Church. “The Irish education system is unique in that way,” says Jane Donnelly of

Viva Capoeira: the joy of rhythm and motion

Felix Knickenberg reports on an action-filled combat sport that originated in Brazil and has spread around the world. “Valente nao existe” or fearless does not exist goes a Brazilian saying. Those words describe what a capoeira player feels and embodies. Once a tool for the oppressed, capoeira unifies balance and power. It is the dance of gladiators. It is a duel between comrades. It… Read more »

Life with chronic pain: endometriosis

Carolina Miyasaka reports on a difficult to diagnose disease that causes women much pain. A condition affecting one in every 10 women should be a matter of concern. However, that is not necessarily the case for endometriosis, where women feel their doctors should be doing more to help them. Imagine being in pain every day: when you wake up, when… Read more »

Staying fit and healthy as a student

Ryan O’Callaghan talks to a personal trainer and bodybuilding champion. With the all-nighters, late nights’ studying and partying all our money away, it may seem impossible to stay fit and healthy in college. This article will tackle the seemingly impossible and find out how to stay fit even with limited time and money. Students often struggle… Read more »

From shampoo boy to head stylist and manager

Aaron Dodd reports on a local business success story in Dublin 8. As the interview begins, Darragh Monaghan is a 24-year-old man fresh out of a jujitsu class, untamed hair under a flat peaked cap, tattooed, and rolling a cigarette – not your stereotypical male hairdresser. But it is this air of coolness that has breathed new… Read more »

A tale of two Liberties

Terence Birkby considers the contrasting fortunes of two parts of historical Dublin 8. For the local residents of the Liberties, the announcement of the proposed development at St James’s Gate displays the economic inequality of decline and renovation in the area. The “Home of the black stuff” and the famous black painted gates of Guinness, at St James’s Gate… Read more »

An opening into doormen

Elaine Rogers gives an insight into a nightclub bouncer’s perspective on their job. Everyone is quick to punish club and bar security for their decisions on a night out, when in fact, we do not quite understand the complexity that their job entails. There is constant confusion in the minds of young adults about what it is that a… Read more »

Bridgefoot Street community 10-year fight for park

Claire Hayes reports on a Dublin 8 community’s long campaign for a park in their area. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that in an urban area, each individual should have at least 9 square metres of green space. Currently the Bridgefoot Street community of Dublin 8 comes in under this benchmark by a shocking 8.3 square metres. In other words,… Read more »

Griffith Digital News

Two Griffith nominees in Magazine Ireland awards

  What are the chances of two Griffith alumni to be nominated as finalists in the 2016 Magazine Ireland awards? It is an even greater coincidence that the two graduates of the BA in Journalism and Media Communications… Read more »

Griffith Media News

Your photo view of Dublin could win €700

CoinaPhoto, a unique social media platform to share locally relevant social stock photography, is delighted to be partnering with Griffith College to launch a photography competition exclusive to Griffith College students. It is an exciting collaboration given… Read more »