Ireland without Europe would drown

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Éirexit: it just doesn’t have the same ring to it. For the press, the pundits and portmanteau lovers alike, Éirexit is not going to cut it. Unfortunately, it takes a very acute obsession with wordplay to disregard the possibility of Ireland leaving the EU based on the hashtag alone. For those less linguistically-allured, allow me […]

Saint Paddy? Say that to his face

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Welcome one and all to the most dissolute religious festival in Ireland. I mean, people say Christmas has been commercialised, but at least that’s in the form of giving and receiving gifts – and we’ll all generally pop into the church to say hi to the baby Jesus. But what exactly about aul man Padraig […]

Diary of a Final Year: 20 things I have learned after 4 years of University

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The semicolon is a way of joining two clauses of equal importance to each other; it links ideas together. It’s not to be confused with a comma, a full stop or a colon (This was the first lesson in my Creative Writing class, and I believe it can take you places). Water is the essence […]

Why #Strike4Repeal is a Necessary Move

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This is year 34 of the existence of the 8th Amendment. Every day 12 people leave our little country to seek an abortion. Pro-Choice and Pro-Life are both passionate groups and neither show signs of shrinking away from the argument any time soon. #Strike4Repeal was initially a direct action to demand that the Irish government call a […]

NUI Galway’s Man of the Match Conor Barry humble in victory

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NUI Galway Men’s soccer team emerged victorious at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown over IT Tallaght in the CUFL Division 1 final at the end of February on a score-line of 2-1. Attacking midfielder Conor Barry proved instrumental in securing the win thanks to an eye-catching Man of the Match performance in the […]

SU President highlights role of the Students’ Union as election race commences

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Thursday 23 February saw the start of another Student Union election race in NUI Galway. Students are competing for the role of President, Welfare Officer and Education Officer, the three full-time positions in the Students’ Union. As candidates launch their campaigns over the next week, Student Independent News spoke with current Students’ Union President Jimmy […]

Selfies and self-worth

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Not so long ago, I found myself in a funny kind of situation, but not the funny ‘haha’ kind. It was a funny, makes your insides squirm kind. And the thing was, it wasn’t the situation itself, but my reaction to it that made me feel this way. See, I am in a Facebook group […]

The last chance: Final Year reflections

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The gloom-inducing thought of final year sparks a flurry of ‘last chance to-’ activities. It inspires both impromptu pints and late nights in the reading room, is both an excuse and a curse. It involves walking a thin line, savouring the last dregs of student life while also holding tight to your degree for those […]

Curtain call: NUI Galway students ready for performance of The Bacchae

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The Ancient Greek play The Bacchae will be performed by Final Year and Masters students of the Drama programme in NUI Galway in the Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane from 14 February to 18 February at 8pm. This is the first time the play is being performed in Ireland. Under the steerage of director Max […]

Ill-Informed: The inert fear of forever

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I was merely five years old when I first remember developing a fear of cows, though my mother will argue that it began long before that. Living on a dairy farm in Kerry was challenging when I made the very essence of my surroundings into a force for fear. There is VHS evidence of me […]