Beyond the Watchtower: An insight into East Germany’s secret police

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

Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Cork Orchestral Society

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/ Ag Síneadh

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

Sex education to decide. Contraceptives to avoid abortion. Legal abortion to avoid death.

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.