Editor 2012-01-19

    I must confess to being taken aback by my first impressions of Lucca, the fortified settlement that was my third destination. The crowds were bus trippers trespassing for the day, ice cream and camera in hand. However behind this veneer is a city so beautiful it takes your breath away. An entire day […]

Editor 2012-01-19

UL car parking is to be reduced according to Limerick City Council. “Limerick Smarter Travel” is a set of proposals put forward in an effort to encourage cycling and walking throughout Limerick. UL forms a major part of the proposals, with it hoped vehicular traffic to the campus could be halved. Notwithstanding the good intention […]

Editor 2012-01-19

    AROUND 20 years ago, I left the country for the first time on an Aer Lingus Jumbo Jet. It was an age when not only I was born, but transatlantic travel was a relatively novel concept. Aer Lingus introduced the Irish nation to the notion of comfortable, swift (considering the distance) and somewhat […]

Editor 2012-01-19

DEATH by falling from a chair after excess consumption of donuts is quite the unfortunate if interesting fate. ‘Skippy Dies’, Paul Murray’s second novel, tells of such a tale. I came by the book quite by chance. A trip to Easons to buy a 50 cent packet of chewing gum resulted in being lured in […]

Editor 2012-01-19

  OVER the weekend I became irate. In an inexplicable fit of frustration, I had a wanton desire to fling my Blackberry as far as humanly possible. Not because it wasn’t working correctly. Oh no, it does that too well! But it was providing me with too much rubbish. Ironically enough, as if by some […]

Editor 2012-01-19

FOLLOWING several years of bad behaviour, NUIG SU Council last week voted to abolish their annual charity week festivities. The event, which was renamed College Week in a bid to reduce unsavoury behaviour, has attracted unprecedented poor publicity in recent years afoot of a culmination of unfavourable events. At a special sitting of NUIG SU […]

Editor 2012-01-19

I have a phrase for the standard “you didn’t get the job” rejection email. It’s called the “Dear John”.        It usually consists of lovely flowery phrases such as “Thank you for your interest but…” or “We are unable to progress your application…” or “The position has been filled”. I’ve experienced great frustration over the […]

Editor 2012-01-19

  Maybe I am a sucker for nostalgia, tradition and a sense of “old” Ireland, but I can’t help but feel resentment every time someone suggests an overhaul in our national broadcaster, the iconic RTE. Figures of late have shown a dramatic decrease in audience numbers for RTE television and radio. These lead to the […]

Editor 2012-01-19

  YOU’D be at your wits end with traditional love stories. Chic lit after chic lit clogging up best-seller lists with their incredulous happy-ever-after plots. A very inspirational English lecturer told me their secret to success, so sadly they won’t be banished any time soon, nor will I take up writing them. Some will put […]