13 Reasons Why Season 2: exploiting or highlighting mental health issues?

Photo credit: Netflix SPOILER ALERT: This blog post discusses plot details of 13 Reasons Why Seasons One and Two. If you have not finished the show do not read on. TRIGGER WARNING: 13 Reasons Why depicts graphic instances of sexual assault, gun violence, bullying, mental illness, physical violence and more, and these issues will be … More 13 Reasons Why Season 2: exploiting or highlighting mental health issues?

Cúirt Shakedown: rent hikes for students sparks protest in Galway

Cúirt na Coiribe, a NUI Galway student accommodation, announced last week that there would be a €1,000 rent increase for the upcoming academic year. Cúirt recently went through a change in ownership after a period of receivership, and yesterday announced plans to upgrade the apartments. The rent increase was announced to students via email in … More Cúirt Shakedown: rent hikes for students sparks protest in Galway

To the undecided voters re: the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment

This is a blog post aimed at people who are not sure what way they will vote on May 25th. If you are staunchly “pro life”, and know your mind will not be changed, perhaps you would like to continue reading to hear what the other side has to say. I accept that some people … More To the undecided voters re: the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment

Is the latte levy the way to save the environment?

According to a recent study reported in TheJournal.ie, reusable coffee mugs and making customers return plastic cups is “likely to prevent a large amount of waste going to landfill in Ireland.” Ireland is the most wasteful in Europe when it comes to throwing away takeaway coffee cups, with an estimated 2 million being disposed of every … More Is the latte levy the way to save the environment?

A conversation with Melanie Murphy, Irish YouTube sensation

Photo credit MelanieMurphy.ie Last week my Dad told me that a “famous YouTuber” was coming to our local college, Dundalk Institute of Technology, where he lectures. I asked who the YouTuber in question was and Dad handed me a printed email, revealing that it was none other than Melanie Murphy. She was giving a talk … More A conversation with Melanie Murphy, Irish YouTube sensation

Review: The Crown

I decided to start watching The Crown because during the Beast from the East, I exhausted all of my usual Netflix shows. There has been a lot of positive feelings surrounding The Crown, plus I like period dramas. I have to admit I was very ignorant about the British royal family before I watched this … More Review: The Crown

Can the USA’s mass shooting problem be solved?

Another day, another mass shooting in the USA. When will sensible gun control laws be put in place by the government of the United States? I fear the answer to that question is never. After the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, I thought, surely, surely now, they will have to bring in stricter regulation and laws, … More Can the USA’s mass shooting problem be solved?

Potential good news for Co. Louth as EU stipulate no hard border between Northern and Southern Ireland

The European Union’s draft withdrawal agreement for Brexit stipulates that Northern Ireland, in effect, will remain in the custom’s union and single market after the UK leave. This is in order to avoid a hard border between North and South, which will be good news for border towns in Co. Louth. This revelation potentially works … More Potential good news for Co. Louth as EU stipulate no hard border between Northern and Southern Ireland