Is College Better when living independently

No By Gemma Kent   Let’s start with a bit of conceptual analysis: what does “living independently” really mean? There seems to me only one way to do it properly: you forego the homely sanctuary of the nest once and for all, and venture out into the wilderness determined to claim for yourself the coveted title of ‘Fully-Functioning and Self-Sufficient Adult’. Being truly independent means no more … Continue reading Is College Better when living independently

Proto

By Gemma Kent. “You’ll die. That can’t happen. It can’t I can’t. Please.”   His gait was a wayward, deflated hop marked by a rhythm dubbed ‘shit step shit’. ‘step’ was the good foot and ‘shit’ was the bad one, and between them they stomped out a jilted four-four tempo, with occasional variance. Step. Shit. Step. Fuck. Step. Fuck Crap Shit. He insisted he would … Continue reading Proto

Ghostking is Dead (Long Live Ghostking)

Gemma Kent chats with Matt Corrigan following the release of his latest EP, Sweet Boy. There’s a few golden rules when it comes to interviewing. Among them: ‘Don’t analyse the song lyrics’, ‘Don’t quote the song lyrics’, and, my personal favourite, ‘Don’t ask them where the name comes from’. Five o’clock on a murky Monday evening, however, rules go out the window, and I open … Continue reading Ghostking is Dead (Long Live Ghostking)

Enviously Green

Gemma Kent surveys two of UCC’s core endeavours in the field of sustainability, the “Love Our Library” Campaign and the work of the Environmental Research Institute. In 2010, University College Cork became the first institute of higher-education in the world to be awarded a Green Flag. At the heart of this first milestone in UCC’s efforts to promote and improve its work around sustainability was … Continue reading Enviously Green

Should We Revisit the Media Landmarks of our Childhood

Words: Gemma Kent There are plenty of reasons to re-watch, reread, or generally re-experience something we already have, but the big one has always been the fact that we loved (or distinctly hated) it as a kid. What’s not to love about venturing back into the world of the VHS tape, the Nintendo Wii, or that Christmas classic you loved growing up? A lot, if … Continue reading Should We Revisit the Media Landmarks of our Childhood

Motley Tries Excuses, Excuses!

I’m going to be honest. I never really set out to write about New Year’s Resolutions. I mean, come on, let’s be practical for a second. A Motley Tries piece about New Year’s Resolutions? I know I’m good and all, but setting, failing and reflecting on a year’s worth of promises within the first two weeks of January is infeasible to begin with. And don’t … Continue reading Motley Tries Excuses, Excuses!

Should We Know It’s Christmas Time?

Should We Know It’s Christmas Time? Éamonn Grennan and Gemma Kent debate on whether Christmas countdowns are starting too early. Yes Éamonn Grennan A mood killer, a commercial ploy, an premature heralding of what should be a time of family, friends, reunions, goodwill and relaxation – these are all things I’d associate with Christmas starting as soon as November 1st comes around, and all we … Continue reading Should We Know It’s Christmas Time?