Here are five things you should pretend to know about this festivally weekend.
End of exams
There will be a massive sigh of relief at 4:30pm today with the Leaving and Junior Cert exams coming to a close for another year. Leaving Certs unsure about whether or not they should reconsider their CAO preferences should read Amy Grehan’s column. Amy changed her mind 15 minutes before the change of mind facility closed. She’s now happily entering her third year of a BA in Journalism.
Body and Soul Session
The Irish festival season is in full swing, with two biggies taking place side by side this weekend – Body and Soul in Westmeath and Sea Sessions in Donegal. If you’re heading to either, be sure to can check our Miriam Doona’s top five acts at Body and Soul and Robert Morrissey’s guide to Sea Sessions. Meanwhile, the Campus.ie team are bound for Body and Soul. We’re excited for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and hope to check out ‘Sausagefest’ – it’s a food stall, honest.
A ban on menthol cigarettes is being backed by the Irish Government ahead of a meeting of EU health ministers in Luxembourg today. Earlier in the year, Health Minister James Reilly said an EU-ban on flavoured cigarettes was vital to “denormalise” smoking for younger people. Smoking lobbyists might say: “That’s ‘menthol’ Jim.” Geddit?
26-year-old Irish man Allan Dixon officially has one of the best jobs in the world. The young Arklow lad beat off tens of thousands of applicants to land win one of the ‘Best Jobs in the World’. He has been named Australia’s official ‘Outback Adventurer’, a six-month role with a $100,000 – that’s €70,000 to you and me. We’re delighted for you, honest Allan. Just don’t come back with a big head on yeh.
Love locks to be removed
Love locks attached to Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin are to be removed because they are damaging the structure. Couples write or engrave their names on the locks, attach them to the structure and then throw the key away. Despite Dublin City Council’s continued removal of the locks, they keep appearing. Council officials have warned that removing them from the steel railings with cutters poses a potential risk of damage…to the bridge or the relationships, we’re not sure.