The National University of Ireland Galway is a public research university located in the city of Galway, Ireland.
The trailer for s eason f our of Succession has dropped and promises to deliver on an even grander scale. Yes, the drama looks mouth-watering (that look Shiv gives Tom when he asks if she “wants to talk about what happened” – delicious) but more than that, it’s the glamorous back drops that look set to have us salivating again: Sleek $10m Black Hawk Sikorsky helicopters gliding over billion dollar sky scrapers, luxury Mercedes SUVs ferrying the rich folk clad in designer gear – so high-end not even a logo is needed to signal it s desirability – to a Norwegian get away no money can buy.
Playwright, poet and artist Patricia Burke Brogan, who has died in her 90s, played a crucial role in exposing the hidden reality of the Magdalene Laundries. Her successful 1992 play, Eclipsed, was based on her experience as a novice in the order of the Sisters of Mercy. She worked in the 1960s at a Magdalene Laundry with women who were mainly viewed as having breached the rules of an ultra-conservative Ireland that was dominated by a traditionalist Catholic Church at the time. The Magdalene institutions started out initially in the 18th century as Protestant asylums for “fallen women” who had given birth to children without being married. They existed on both sides of the Irish Sea in the 19th century, but survived much longer in Ireland where they were taken over by the Catholic Church and turned into laundries for the clergy and for commercial clients, with the women working for no payment. Many of them were unmarried mothers who were removed from their babies and placed in the institutions, mostly with the approval of their own families, who were terrified of the “scandal”. In some cases, they were put away simply on the basis that they might become engaged in sex outside marriage. Elements of the Irish state system colluded in the process, and the final laundry was not closed until 1996. A total of 11,000 women had worked in them since the foundation of the State in 1922. Motivated by concern for the poor and underprivileged, Patricia became a novice and was sent for a short time at the age of 21 to the Magdalene Laundry on Galway’s Forster Street, which closed in 1984. The building was demolished in 1991. A burial ground for the Magdalene women is located on the grounds.
Ireland must cut its dairy and beef herd numbers in half, plant enough trees to cover county Dublin five times over, and rewet almost all its drained grasslands, to reach its legally binding ‘net zero’ carbon target by 2050.
Sean Burke is sitting alone in the family bookshop in Castlebar reading religious scripture. It is Thursday afternoon. His son, Enoch, has now been locked up in Dublin’s Mountjoy jail for 72 hours. How is he feeling about the imprisonment of the secondary schoolteacher, his third-born child?
The first months of college offer many new and exciting opportunities, a new-found freedom both academically and socially, filled with endless possibilities for fun and friendships. However, for many, college life is also daunting, full of unknowns and unclear social expectations, with an escalated social pressure to be accepted by peer groups. In the midst of the buzz of the heightened social activities and the desire to find a tribe, we are well aware that acts of sexual harassment and violence are prevalent among students.
Sir — Liam Collins’s article last week gave us great ideas on how to prepare for the cold months ahead. In preparation for this winter of constraints, I, too, have been planning, making an assessment on those kitchen friends and enemies.
Recent days have produced headlines about the student accommodation crisis in the Connaught Telegraph, Donegal Live, the Mayo News, Tipperary Live, the Limerick Leader, the Westmeath Examiner, the Kerryman and the Connaught Tribune. A Waterford students’ union president warns it will be “worse than ever”. A Tipperary TD warns about it “spiralling out of control”. A Limerick businessman predicts “Armageddon”.
Parents of the students who sat their Leaving Cert this month are facing a bill of as much as €13,305 to put their child through their first year of college, according to the latest cost of student living survey by Technological University (TU) Dublin.
Concerns have been expressed about how NUI Galway (NUIG) would respond to press queries over the secondment of a former secretary general to the university, amid controversy over the proposed move by Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan to Trinity College Dublin (TCD).
In the world of Irish education, 2021 will be a year like no other. A month from now, on September 7, the CAO will issue round-one offers of college places to the largest ever cohort of prospective students. This year there are 84,526 applicants — 9pc more than last year.
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