Are the GAA disregarding the pressure faced by their University players?


“You wouldn’t do it to a greyhound” After Kerry footballer David Clifford limped off the pitch in Castlebar with a hamstring injury last week, debates have been sparked over whether or not student GAA players with county profiles are exerting themselves by trying to keep up with January’s hectic GAA calendar. Over the past week […]

“It was a surprise moment,” says Rose of Tralee Jennifer six months into reign


Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne has had a whirlwind six months. The former NUI Galway medicine student told SIN her next adventure will take her to Chernobyl with the Adi Roche Foundation – something she said would prove to be a difficult but rewarding journey. “I have watched a few documentaries about Chernobyl, and I […]

Wrongful convictions expert speaks at NUI Galway


On Wednesday 24th of January, President of the Innocence Project in Iowa, Dr Brian Farrell, spoke at a seminar in NUI Galway’s Human Rights Centre. The seminar, which was open to the public, went into detail about wrongful convictions (particularly in the USA) and the use of DNA evidence in prosecutions. The seminar room was […]

How to be a better writer


This column is here to help the students of NUI Galway with all aspects of academic writing. Writing for academic purposes is an essential student skill, yet for many, it is a daunting task. Run in conjunction with the Academic Writing Centre (AWC) at the James Hardiman Library, the column will focus on a different […]

Izzy Wheels: If you can’t stand up, stand out

izzy and ailbhe

Izzy Wheels is a company set up by Ailbhe and Izzy Keane, two sisters from Taylor’s Hill in Galway city. Izzy is a 20 year-old student currently studying in NUI Galway who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. Ailbhe is her older sister who graduated with a 1.1 from National College of Art and […]

Singing for help, millennials and the music of depression


‘It’s our party we can do what we want. It’s our party we can say what we want. It’s our party we can love who we want, we can kiss who we want, we can see who we want.’ These lyrics come from Miley Cryus’ renowned classic, We Can’t Stop. Aside from being a catchy […]

Diary of a Final Year: What to do when you’ve got no boo

The logo of the mobile dating app Tinder.

Ever since the great philosopher Rihanna claimed she “found love in a hopeless place”, I’ve been wondering where that was. And after four years here, I think I am qualified to say that no – it was not NUI Galway. Of course, we’ve all gained a plethora of knowledge since our first days here at […]

Eoin Drones: A new age of hypocrisy


Doublethink: ‘The acceptance of contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, especially as a result of political indoctrination.’ The staggering hypocrisy of modern political discourse has been laid bare by a series of tumultuous events over the Christmas period, blighting my ability to gleefully tear the wrapping paper off of yet another Lynx Africa […]

Swapping liner for lip filler: the Kylie Jenner effect


Kylie Jenner said that 2016 would be the year for ‘realising stuff’ and there’s certainly one thing the world has realised about her – the power of her influence on all things beauty.  Along with the rest of the Jenner-Kardashian clan and associated figures such as Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevgine and Jordyn Woods, she has […]

Eoin Drones: Scholastic Seclusion


When Vera Brittain, the acclaimed author of Testament of Youth coined the term ‘scholastic seclusion’, she had intended it to refer to the isolation she felt being left behind at Oxford while most of her contemporaries had gone off to serve in the Great War. However, scholastic seclusion seems to have a new meaning in […]