Columnist Lara McMahon recalls a trip to one of East Germany’s most brutal fromer- prisons and details the dark history of its oppressive regimes. I got lost on my way to Höhenschönhausen; the East German secret police’s main prison complex. In the unbearable heat of a July afternoon, I found myself walking aimlessly in circles around this barren part of old East Berlin. I looked … Continue reading Beyond the Watchtower: An insight into East Germany’s secret police
Dylan O’Keeffe tells us of his journey through battling ‘Pure-OCD’, and urges us to know that whatever you are going through, help and support are always available. Picture this: you’re walking down the street, headphones in, not a care in the world. You stop at traffic lights, waiting for the green man. An old lady walks up next to you. She smiles politely and you … Continue reading It Is What It Is
Ellen McVeigh looks at the fight for Abortion Rights in the North of Ireland Remember when we Repealed the 8th? Amazing craic, well done lads. I’m just here as a Person From the North Who Goes to College in the South to give you a wee reminder that we still don’t have those rights up here, and it’s not looking great. I started writing this … Continue reading The North is Next
Features and Opinion Editor Liz Hession sits down with Tom Doyle, treasurer of the Cork Orchestral Society ahead of their 81st season. Motley has been celebrating the arts and culture of Cork city since its inception in 2006. Whether those rich traditions stretch to the Crawford Art Gallery in the heart of the city, up to the Everyman Palace, to the stained-glass windows of the … Continue reading Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Cork Orchestral Society
Reaching out He left me, Empty-handed, Empty-headed, In an empty room, Stripped bare, With empty sleeves, And a hallow ribcage, However, that may be, There is still something left in me, Something that reaches. Ag síneadh D’fhág sé mé, Mo dhá láimh, Chomh fada lena chéile, ‘s ceann cipín mé, I seomra folamh, Nocht folamh, Ar mhuinchillí folmha, ‘s creat na n-easnacha follamh, Bíodh … Continue reading Reaching Out/ Ag Síneadh
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
Features and Opinions Editor Liz Hession speaks with Dr. Nuala Finnegan (Head of Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies) and Dr. Céire Broderick, (Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies) about the recent defeat of the Argentinian Abortion Bill, and how various campaigns for women’s rights, particularly the movement against gender violence, have intersected over the last half-century. An air of celebration and … Continue reading Sex education to decide. Contraceptives to avoid abortion. Legal abortion to avoid death.