Love in the Time of Followers

Staff writer Cormac Dineen offers up his take on our complicated relationship with the world of internet dating. A few months ago, I had an interesting conversation with a work colleague during which I pressed him for his opinion on the phenomenon of internet dating. As we talked I saw him slowly and deliberately scroll through Facebook on his phone, pausing at brief intervals to … Continue reading Love in the Time of Followers

Shrek: Standing the Test of Time

Dan Webb explores the ongoing legacy of the Dreamworks classic. When talking about movies, one of the most important things to note is how a given film affects its audience: whether it makes them cry, laugh, or jump up and down with joy. Movies can affect viewers differently at different points in their lives, whether they be a child, a teenager or an adult, but … Continue reading Shrek: Standing the Test of Time

Motley Tries: Quitting Smoking

By Hassan Baker It’s worth noting that this article is written more so to document the struggle one encounters when attempting to quit smoking, rather than as a confessional essay or a success story, as it by no means is one. I started a very different article a few weeks back. One that pinpointed the pros and cons of smoking, and highlighted why I wished to … Continue reading Motley Tries: Quitting Smoking

Becoming a Student Again

Michelle Rumley describes her return to education as a mature student, and her experiences as a non-traditional fresher. Becoming a student again was not a decision I made lightly. I have a checkered past when it comes to doing courses; I was in my mid 30s and broke. I had thought about it seriously for a few years, world-weary from working in jobs that lead … Continue reading Becoming a Student Again

Owls and Pears

Liz Hession assumes the role of Fraternity Spy extraordinaire in the heart of the Netherlands I’m aware that ‘Erasmus’ isn’t the most exciting topic contained in a student magazine. The last few weeks have been somewhat un-surprising as far as Erasmus-beginnings go. It’s lots of fun — pretty much just as I expected. Except I didn’t know I’d be moving into what is, essentially, a … Continue reading Owls and Pears

Don’t Panic! Will artificial intelligence redefine what it means to be human?

Features Editor Gemma Kent explores how the future of Artificial Intelligence could see reality and science fiction blur. “The rise of powerful AI will be either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity. We do not know which” – Stephen Hawking If there’s one thing the twenty first century has proven time and time again, it’s that just because something was … Continue reading Don’t Panic! Will artificial intelligence redefine what it means to be human?

Motherfoclóir!

Editor Lauren Mulvihill talks to author Darach Ó Séaghdha about his journey through the Irish language. Darach Ó Séaghdha, Irish language enthusiast and author of Motherfoclóir: Dispatches from a Not So Dead Language, has had an eventful few years. The Irish for ‘eventful’, by the way, is ‘eachtrach’; this word can also mean ‘adventurous’, but shouldn’t be confused with the Irish word ‘éachtach’, which means … Continue reading Motherfoclóir!