Prose ‘Knitting’

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Knitting Wool is bought in a shop. It’s white and soft. It’s going to become a cardigan for a little girl to wear on her Holy Communion day. Two large balls are bought and a pattern chosen. They are paid for and carried home in a brown paper bag, placed inside a little shopping bag […]

Student nurses to march on HSE headquarters

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On Thursday 6 March student nurses and midwives from around the country will take part in a protest march at Dr Steevens hospital in Dublin, headquarters of the HSE.  The protest is primarily related to pay rates for student nurse interns.

Should RAG Week become official again?

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Last month saw the return of the nationally renowned ‘Galway RAG Week’, a RAG week with a difference. There are few other places that can announce with glee that ‘our RAG week is so amazing, it has been banned’, a privilege bestowed on Galway some time ago. The first dramatic headlines of the week didn’t […]

Oscar’s 2014; A Post Mortem

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Today’s critics must have nothing better to do than slag Ellen DeGeneres’ performance as 2014’s Oscars host. Some may recall the 2013 Academy Awards as a royal mess, but it was understandable. Seth MacFarlane was going to do Seth MacFarlane things, regardless of whether they were appropriate to the setting. Likewise, Ellen DeGeneres is bound to […]

Review: My Grandma’s Basement

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On June 11th 2013, Jarren Benton emerged from his grandma’s basement siphoning the flare of Eminem, the smooth seductive tone change of Big L and the lyrical mischief of Jedi Mind Tricks. Benton’s variations of jarring lyrics and shocking imagery express graphic and vivid content that are most pertinent to a shock and awe campaign […]

Giving up on Giving

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Well, Unofficial RAG Week (Raising And Giving Week) has come and gone, but one question still remains; is NUI Galway’s ban on the widely observed party-week a case of cutting off one’s nose to spite its face? Since NUIG’s ban on the eventful charity-fundraising week back in 2011, many believe that the only changes to […]