Monthly Archives: March 2018

Conference told white European Christians are “dangerous”

Cayla Williams reports on a recent TCD conference on genocide and ethnic cleansing.
“Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in Our Times: from Rwanda to the Rohingyas”, the last of Trinity College Dublin’s Behind the Headlines discussion series, took place at the end of November in an overflowing Synge Lecture Theatre. A panel of four international experts in the area… Read more »

Accommodations in Dublin reaching exorbitant prices

Ottavia Caminita reports that international students in Ireland are facing endless problems with the accommodation crisis.
Ireland is becoming an increasingly unattractive place for international students due to its soaring rents and scarce housing supply. Since 2012, the number of international students studying in Ireland has increased. In 2016, the number of non-Irish students in higher education is 8.8 per cent of… Read more »

Experts gather at World Prematurity Day

Gillian Chapman reports on a Dublin conference on care of pre-term babies and their parents.
The Irish Neonatal Health Alliance held a conference in Dublin in November to mark the ninth World Prematurity Day. The aim was to highlight the issue of pre-term births and launch their Next Steps: The Journey Home information brochure. Of the 68,000 babies born every year… Read more »

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 »

Conference addresses better aftercare for premature babies

Trevor Keegan reports on a Dublin conference on helping parents who are bringing their pre-term babies home.
A top Irish medical professor has called for better aftercare for premature babies after they leave hospital. Professor Naomi McCallion, Professor of Neonatology and consultant neonatologist at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin, was speaking on World Prematurity Day at the launch of a booklet designed to… 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 Read more »

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 »

Cast Your Mental Health Issues Away

M.J Ryan, author of “The Power of Patience”, explains that learning patience greatly benefits health. Impatience causes stress, weakening your immune system and raising your blood pressure. Patience, meanwhile makes you calmer and more content and fishing is all about patience. There are so many… Read more »

A Century of Political Struggle for Equality

Currently, Ireland has one the lowest percentage of women representations in politics in Europe. A report, published by the Council of Europe in October 2017, looked into the political performance of women in the 47-nation Council of Europe. It stated: “Ireland is below the European… Read more »