Scorn in the U.S.A.

Luke Kelly On Sunday the 18th of February at the NBA all-star game, former Black Eyed Pea and constant lady lumps enthusiast, Fergie, gave a performance of the American national anthem that could at best be described as daring, and at worst as a declaration of war on sound. The Twitter-verse was quick to pounce, with comparisons varying from Dory’s attempt at speaking whale in … Continue reading Scorn in the U.S.A.

Illicit Ivory

It’s time to ban the illicit ivory trade, writes Daragh Craig Every year thousands of elephants are brutally killed for their ivory in Africa. Poachers often cut off the tusks of the elephants using axes and chainsaws, sometimes shooting them to death before taking the tusks. The ivory from the elephants is often used to create ornaments such as musical instruments and jewellery. The tusks … Continue reading Illicit Ivory

In Life As In Death

By Leanne O’Connor Desmond The stairs creaked loudly, announcing Sylvia’s descent to the basement. Her bruised white skin shone brightly under the low hanging lanterns. William was waiting for her, as he always did. She appeared like a vision of an angel, her dark hair contrasting wildly against her unique pallor. William stood as she approached. He tipped his hat politely at her. Sylvia’s wide … Continue reading In Life As In Death

Not so Marvellous

Cormac Dineen isn’t holding out for a hero In my opinion, literary expressions are very rarely subject to direct physical manifestations. What I mean by this is that it is next to impossible for words or phrases both written and spoken to be reflected with complete accuracy in something that touches upon the human senses. For this reason, the expression “meaningless drivel” holds some special … Continue reading Not so Marvellous

Breaking In

The prison industrial complex has been shaping criminal justice for decades, writes Lauren Mulvihill – but what are the implications? It’s unusual to hear of anyone trying to break in to prison, and yet something to this effect has been happening since the 1980s. The past few decades have seen a massive increase in the number of prisons being passed from states to private contractors. … Continue reading Breaking In

Can Eating Healthy Cost You Less?

YES Éamonn Grennan There’s a smack of cold reality upon starting to actively try to ‘adult’ when taking the first steps away from a parent’s home for college or work. Inevitably, the strain of getting three substantial meals a day, multiple days in a row, all of which should nourish all your bodily needs, throws another spanner into the works of our hard earned independence. … Continue reading Can Eating Healthy Cost You Less?

The Caged Quill

Words: Rosie Howe Embracing solitude for warmth Cold winters bite my lonely soul Which lies susceptible and vulnerable Without a protector or comfort. My nib scratches the surface of silence, Tearing away all society. Am I alone? Guarded by none but a pen for a kukri and ink for venom?   Open are the wounds of my words, The wounds of my heart? Stagnant. My … Continue reading The Caged Quill