Cheap and (Not So) Cheerful

High street fashion comes at a high price for the environment, writes Caoimhe Coleman At the beginning of the year I, like many people, set myself some resolutions. One of those was to stop buying ‘fast fashion,’ a concept which I really only became conscious of in the last year or so. Fast fashion puts an emphasis on making fashion trends from the catwalk quickly … Continue reading Cheap and (Not So) Cheerful

Issue Five Editorial

I’ve been editing student writing going on three years at this point, and one thing that never fails to amaze me is just how good it is. There’s an awful lot of literary and journalistic talent in our midst, and that’s true no matter the genre: fiction? Fantastic stuff. Current affairs? Wonderful. Poetry? Outstanding. But it’s not just raw talent that makes an article stand … Continue reading Issue Five Editorial

Irexit Combine

Seamus Allen explores Irish Euroscepticism, and whether ‘Irexit’ is a viable option Since Britain’s referendum on EU membership, there has been a dramatic surge in the questioning of Ireland’s EU membership within Irish public discourse. Irexit- that is, Irish exit from the European Union- has been advocated by a motley collection of characters ranging from Gay Byrne and the Irish Times’s Harry McGee, to the … Continue reading Irexit Combine

Are You Not Entertained?

The line between sport and safety is wearing thin, writes Eamonn Grennan. Player: Your Responsibility If you have symptoms of a suspected concussion you must STOP playing and INFORM medical and/or coaching staff immediately. Be honest with yourself and those looking after you. If you have symptoms of a suspected concussion sustained while playing rugby or another sport, you MUST NOT play rugby until you … Continue reading Are You Not Entertained?

So flippin’ French

Chloe Harte Stinky cheese, chic fashion and noir cinema: the ’30 seconds’ game description of France. However, does a stereotype detract from the value of a culture or does it merely serve as a signpost for navigating an unknown land? Gastronomically speaking, France stands up to every imaginable stereotype: mountains of cheese, fresh baguettes and the waft of croissant pastry tickling the taste buds of … Continue reading So flippin’ French

A Slice of the Pie

How can we tackle increasing income inequality, asks Charles Daniel Nolan Populism was certainly a buzzword of 2017, and beyond the dystopian hysteria it has been driven by unsettling global trends – front and centre of which has been the rise of income inequality globally. The inaugural World Inequality Report, released before Christmas, highlighted that global income inequality has been rising across the world since … Continue reading A Slice of the Pie

Is Fashion Dead?

Laurie Shelly examines whether fashion has lost its cultural influence in the 21st century In their examination of the Spring/Summer 2018 collections, British Vogue reported that pencil skirts, the “fifties wardrobe staple,” were back, along with “sixties leather” and the “eighties allure” of slip dresses. It was wistfully noted after the Autumn/Winter 2017/18 collections that “every era got a catwalk airing, but the seventies forged … Continue reading Is Fashion Dead?