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NUI Galway: Supermacs fans, social smokers but hard workers

By Hannah Popham (Editor) , Wednesday 23rd July, 11:16
Hannah Popham (Editor)
NUI Galway students are a fan of their Supermacs, breaking phones, drinking tea and actually attending lectures-the latest from our National Student Survey.

Supermacs and social smoking seem to be two very common vices for students in NUI Galway, who are also some of the most attentive in Ireland, the latest statistics from the National Student Survey has found.

Almost a third (28%) listed Supermacs as their favourite fast food haunt, with McDonalds (15%) and Dominos (10%) coming in at a close second and third. Over a fifth of students (22%) however said that they do not eat fast food.

Additionally, almost a third (28%) of students at the college said that they drink tea more often than water.


Terribly in love with The National

By Sorcha Tyndall (Festival Correspondent) , Tuesday 22nd July, 14:50
Sorcha Tyndall (Festival Correspondent)
Our resident festival correspondent Sorcha Tyndall spent Friday night being blown away by the National, she shares her favourite moments with us.

This past weekend, The National played two dates at the Iveagh Gardens. Needless to say, they were fantastic. But there are two things that I need to confess prior to raving about just how good they were. First of all I had caught their gig at the 02 in November, and was left in no doubt that they were one of those bands that always struck a cord live. Then, just a week prior to this gig, I had gone to see Mistaken For Strangers, a film about the band, made by the lead singers’ brother Tom Berninger. (On another note… Go and see this film immediately if you haven’t!).


Magic in Marlay Park: Longitude review

By Robert Morrissey (Contributor) , Monday 21st July, 15:05
Robert Morrissey (Contributor)
Robert Morrissey was one of the lucky revellers to get out to the second ever Longitude Festival to catch the likes of Disclosure, Hozier, James Vincent McMorrow, Haim, Ben Howard and many more...

Sunshine brought good vibes to festival-goers at Longitude in Dublin’s Marlay Park this weekend.  The three-day no camping festival is like a mix of Electric Picnic and Forbidden Fruit, the audience are an eclectic bunch when it comes to their taste in music, most of which you wouldn’t entirely see among the Top 40 charts, but would still feature acts that do pop up occasionally in that genre.


1.00 chats to Samantha Crain

By Miriam Doona (Ents Editor) , Monday 21st July, 14:28
Miriam Doona (Ents Editor)
Our Ents Editor Miriam Doona sat down with 26-year-old singer-songwriter Samantha Crain from her native Shawnee, Oklahoma just ahead of her departure to embark on tour of Europe. This tour will bring Samantha to Dublin to perform a headline show in Whelan’s.

You are coming to Ireland soon to play a headline show in Dublin's Whelan's on July 24th.You are of Choctaw heritage and historically there is an intense bond between the Irish and the Choctaw people, who came to the financial aid of the Irish in an incredibly kind and profound act of humanitarianism during the Great Famine. Do you feel a particular affinity and connection to Ireland and The Irish?


Are you guilty of hiberdating?

By Darragh Collins (Contributor) , Monday 21st July, 11:54
Darragh Collins (Contributor)
Absolutely head over heels for your other half? Has it been a while since you surfaced at an actual, real-life social event? You could have a feverish case of hiberdating, writes Darragh Collins.

So you’ve just started a new relationship. Everything that you have worked so hard for, all the late night texting, the playing it cool when it wasn’t cool, the patience, the “graft” it’s all paid off. First of all let me just say congratulations.

Now for the honeymoon phase. Shifting nonstop, going on about when you started to fall for each other and late night deep meaningful conversations. This is the business.

But is there any stage when you might turn around and say, “Jaysus, I haven’t talked to Tom/Sarah in a while?”


Cutting short the hairy legs saga

By Laura Larkin (Sexual Health Columnist) , Monday 21st July, 11:06
Laura Larkin (Sexual Health Columnist)
The divisive hairy legs debate has Laura wondering why women's body hair is considered our business at all...

It seems like the number ways in which we can ‘cope’ with unwanted body hair are expanding exponentially but as of yet nobody has come up with a decent way to get rid of the stigma surrounding our fluffiest bits- despite the fact that it feels like we have been talking about it since FOREVER.


Wild Ireland: Shipwreck explorations in Belfast

By Danielle Courtney , Monday 21st July, 10:40
Danielle Courtney
It's the last day of the Wild Ireland tour for Danielle, a day filled with the Titanic, live shipwreck explorations and the final goodbye before they got dropped back to Dublin...

The final morning was much more relaxed than the past week, we even slept in till nine. Having agreed to spend our free morning together going to the Titanic Museum, we piled into the bus and headed for the docklands area of Belfast. Finished in 2012, its only been open for a few years and whilst it keeps a full time Titanic exhibition it also has another gallery space which has been used by Lego and Game of Thrones.


How to do Dublin on a fiver or less

By Hannah Popham (Editor) , Thursday 17th July, 16:42
Hannah Popham (Editor)
Our Ed. Hannah Popham has spent far too many summers in Dublin with no money. She tells us how you can still manage to see movies, go on city tours, do outdoor yoga classes and see the whole county on your bike for a fiver or less...

Take it from a girl who has given more attention to her LinkedIn (begrudgingly) than her Facebook map the last two summers in a row. It’s becoming a bit of a pattern at this stage to find myself relatively stuck in Dublin’s fair city with little time and/or no money to spend. However, the relieving news is that it is very possible (easy, even) to have just as memorable a summer as those bastard friends who are off getting burnt in the Hamptons. Here are five things you can still get up to this summer even if you’re living on a shoestring, literal or otherwise.


NUIM: Gay-friendly but big take-away eaters

By Hannah Popham (Editor) , Thursday 17th July, 14:59
Hannah Popham (Editor)
The latest from our National Student Survey has found NUI Maynooth to be a very gay-friendly college but its students are partial to more than the odd take-away...

Sexual orientation diversity and support

NUI Maynooth has been found to have not only one of the highest levels of diversity in sexual orientation, but also of same sex marriage support of any of the colleges in our National Student Survey.

The research of over 4500 students from around Ireland, conducted by, found that around 15% of students at NUI Maynooth identify as a sexual orientation other than heterosexual.


'Dam diary: The woes of working in an Irish bar

By Caoimhe O'Connell (Travel Writer) , Thursday 17th July, 11:07
Caoimhe O'Connell (Travel Writer)
Caoimhe's getting impatient with the array of customers she has to deal with in her job at an Irish bar in Amsterdam; loud-mouth beer drinkers, customers who seem to love their questionable food and some wan who actually ordered a mocha... What even?

After a couple of weeks of working in the bar, I’ve been exposed to the Dutch people at their best, their worst and their ugliest. One of the reasons Amsterdam appealed so much to me in the first place was its cosmopolitanism, which inevitably meant that one language prevailed; which, luckily for me, was English.

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