Cillian Lyne details what he sees as the lunacy of the Irexit Freedom Party I’ve always been fascinated with the tormented genius archetype: a detective with powers of perception so grand that even the largest of mysteries seem… elementary. Or, a doctor who treats patients as puzzles, while perhaps his biggest puzzle is the workings of his own mind. A scientist who traded his humanity … Continue reading Eur-joking, right?
I was quite wee when the issue of dual identities first became a part of my life. It happened when I started playing GAA for the first time, aged 9 or 10. I remember worrying about playing football and camogie in the Down league, but my address was Belfast, Co. Antrim. Oh, and there was the whole British/Irish thing too. Any level of dedication I … Continue reading The Star of County Down
Sarah O’Leary looks back on her year in the Netherlands, and posits where her own personal Irishness came into her Dutch picture. “We could have it with a nice mash?” I regret these words as soon as I say them. I’m standing at a vegetable stand on the central canal of Leiden – basically, a miniature Amsterdam. I’m sandwiched between two Dutchies, Jelle and Michel, … Continue reading “We Could Have It With A Nice Mash?”
Cillian Lyne explains why he definitely did not engage in politics this summer. I did my best to avoid politics during the summer. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I wasn’t interested in the machinations of the world, it’s just that I found myself becoming too interested. There is only so much of the culture clash between logic and nonsense that I can take before … Continue reading Apolitical Summer
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.
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
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