education

Greatest Closing Lines In Literature

Something I’ve started paying greater attention to lately is the closing lines in various novels and poems. I always find that in the greatest pieces of literary work, the closing lines are the ones that really pack a punch. Below are some of my favourite closing lines in literature from the novels and poems I’ve […]

The X Factor: Time to Say Goodbye?

The X Factor UK is soon to grace our screens again. Please, children, calm down. I know that the excitement is difficult to cope with. After all, there’s nothing better than watching the same exploitative, utterly tired format year in year out. The show will be returning this weekend with what will no doubt be […]

Jane Eyre: An Early Feminist or Weak-Willed Victim?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is one of the most famous novels in print today. It is studied across schools and universities around the world, and has had countless film adaptations made of it. Most people seem to think of Jane Eyre as being somewhere in the realm of romance; they see it as a […]

Is the Diary of Anne Frank Pornographic?

The Diary of Anne Frank has burst into the spotlight of the international media this week with a great suddenness. Most people have heard of the diary; it is the real life musings of a teenage girl who died at the hands of the Holocaust. She and her family went into hiding to avoid the […]

Is Austerity Really Working?

This article originally appeared in the University Observer on 16th April 2013. It emerged recently that it is not just Irish people who are unhappy with the snail paced reform seen since 2008, when recession first set in; the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Commission have also expressed concern. According to a leaked […]

Jude the Obscure and the Liberalisation of Divorce Laws

I’ve preached about the joys and wonders of Thomas Hardy before, and I think most people would agree that Hardy is one of the greatest writers of the Victorian period. In his lifetime, he regarded his novels as a supplement to his poetry career. Novel writing was where the money lay, and while he undoubtedly […]

SpunOut.ie and the threesome advice that shook Ireland

This article originally appeared in the University Observer, Volume XIX, 3rd April 2013. On 24th March 2013, the Sunday Independent published an article concerning a page on the part government funded youth website, SpunOut.ie. The page in question was one relating to threesomes. As a part of the website’s sexual education and health articles, information […]