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Social Entrepreneurship: Sustainable Social Change Through Enterprise

In less than a decade there has been a huge change in the way people approach social change. Young people across the world are becoming more concerned about making a positive impact on the world they live in. According to Forbes, 94% of young people want to use their skills to benefit a cause. This change in the way people think brought with it a realisation that charity isn’t the way forward as it does not provide a sustainable long term solution. This led to people turning to Social Entrepreneurship.



UCD Football Returns Fresh and Unhindered after Months in Lockdown

The University College Dublin (UCD) Association Football Club (AFC) have come out of lockdown looking better than they did heading into it, in the first two weeks since the return of soccer. Since the Airtricity League First Division season returned on the 31st of July, UCD were held to a goalless draw first game back in the Belfield Bowl against Longford Town, before taking a 3-1 victory against Shamrock Rovers II.


UCD RFC Set To Host Socially Distant Fun Run Fundraiser

University College Dublin (UCD) Rugby Football Club (RFC) will be hosting a unique fundraising event on Saturday the 11th of July as they encourage supporters and club members both old and new to take part in the AdAstra 5k Fun Run/Walk. As the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic forced the postponement of UCD RFC’s usual fundraisers, such as their Annual Dinner, UCD RFC have had to think outside of the box in order raise funds during the summer.


Music Politics

Why Music Unites Protesters During BLM Movement

Black Lives Matter remains one of the most prominent news stories at present, as protests and marches continue across the globe. In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, people around the world, from America to Australia, have come together in protest, calling out for proper recognition and reform of the systemic racism which permeates societies across the globe.

Music has always been political, and there is perhaps no greater example of this in the 21st century than its use during the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. During these protests, music has become a commonplace tool to not only keep spirits lifted, but also to continually serve as a reminder of what people are protesting for.


Broadcasting From Isolation

It’s the 2nd of April, and Swedish rapper Yung Lean is performing to an audience of thousands from the back of a truck parked in a darkened port. Inside, it’s decorated like the sitting room of an eccentric – dream…


Film Gaeilge

Léirmheas ar ‘Arracht’: Léiriú machnamhach a bhfuil blas na dearóile air

Más sa tóir ar léiriú scannánaíochta faoin Ghorta Mhór atá tú, ní thiocfaidh tú ar a leithéid anseo. Insíonn ‘Arracht’ scéal corraitheach fir aonair agus é ag troid ar son a mharthanais le linn an Ghorta Mhóir. Bhí an scannán á shruthú beo ar líne mar chuid de Fhleadh Scannánaíochta na Gaillimhe 2020, áit a bhfaca mé féin é. Chuir sé deireadh leis an Fhleadh atá ar an fhód le dhá bhliain is tríocha.


‘Community’ and the Mediation of Honesty

‘Community’ and the Mediation of Honesty ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Cult sitcom Community is a proliferation of parody and pop culture references – the episodes range from paintball filled action stompers to a singsong Claymation Christmas. The show is…


Science Tech

UCD students and staff to launch Ireland’s first satellite

The first satellite to be fully developed and built in Ireland is being developed by a group of students from University College Dublin’s (UCD’s) Schools of Physics and Mechanical and Materials Engineering, with the support of staff from both schools. The satellite is expected to be delivered to the European Space Agency (ESA) in early 2021.

Ireland’s first satellite to be fully developed, researched and built in the country is known as Educational Irish Research Satellite (EIRSAT-1), and it is funded by a combination of the ESA, the Irish Research Council, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, as well as support from UCD. The project started in 2016, when UCD put together a proposal to the ESA for their ‘Fly your Satellite!’ campaign.


The Turbine


E.T. Probe Home?! The Co-vid testing scandal

Due to a severe shortage of Covid tests, some patients opted for strange measures.  The Covid testing site based deep in the Courtown forest, was just one of many strange consequences of the Coronavirus crisis, and gained national news coverage, as the Irish public entered phase two of restrictions. These scam testing sites popped up all across the country, bringing plenty of tourism to previously unheard-of villages, such as Moon Coin.