Jamie moved to Blarney from the city when he was eleven years old. He moved in next door to his cousin, who he called his best friend. He also lived close to his grandparents’ house but at the time he lived with his mother and his mother’s partner. His mother’s partner did not get on well with Jamie, often being violent towards him, which resulted … Continue reading Jamie’s Story
It’s late October. Night draws in earlier and earlier each evening. Trees blaze orange, yellowand red. Roadsides and ditches accumulate piles of fallen leaves. There’s an icy chill in theair, and Halloween is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time for a ghost story:Imagine a young family – a husband, a wife, at least two children – pulling up to their newhome in a … Continue reading “Home is the place we cling to”.
Current Affairs Editor Alana Daly Mulligan talks with UCC Students about the state of student accommodation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Editor’s Note: Interviews were correlated through a combination of phone-calls and student submissions through a Google Forms system. The responses varied from somewhat normal complaints about residents playing loud music, to the more dire, like unsanitary living spaces, threatening landlords, “menacing” security guards, among other … Continue reading Living with It: Students, Accommodation and COVID-19 in UCC
by Mike Ryan and Gary Mulcahy Finding somewhere to live for any student on a limited budget can be challenging. Mature students face a number of extra hurdles as they commit to studying full-time and supporting themselves independent of any family support. Many mature students are parents and have dependents to support. A high number of mature students are dependent on Social Welfare or SUSI … Continue reading Mature Students Struggling to Find Accomodation
Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Molly Kavanagh, questions whether or not the narrative of the “typical college experience” is healthy in relation to our expectations for housing. When I was in my first year of college, I lived in a student accommodation complex managed by UCC. Less than a week after I moved in, a male maintenance worker let himself into my bedroom, completely unannounced, at nine o’clock … Continue reading We Need To Reimagine the College Experience
by Matthew Moynihan Given the season, my mental projection of the reader right now is most likely an accurate one, – I picture you sitting in front of your laptop or phone, somewhere comfortable with a hot cup of tea or coffee, soothing a mind frayed by assignments, pre-recorded lectures and the current state of affairs*. Moving away from the asterisked nihilism, however, the picture … Continue reading Editorial #2 – The Housing Crisis