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February 17th -21st 2013

IT Carlow Students Union


Karl ‘Vice Pres’ Miller Presents...

Sunday 17th: Sunday night is for the elite drinker. As soon as you land down with your freshly washed clothes and extended allowance for the week a group trip to the off licence should be your first port of call. Buying in bulk will always save you some cash for the week but be sure to stash it away when you get home. There are a lot of sticky fingers at house parties during the week! O Loughlins will be warming you up with some live Music from Dave O’ Neill & Andrew Foley. Tullys are getting all continental with a Mardi Gras Night and a David Guetta Tribute DJ. Scraggs are kicking off with RAG Week Veteran DJ Matt Givens and his infamous Party Games. Things will be getting messy in The Foundry with a Full Moon UV Party and DJ Bob Conway so be sure to wear something white that you can get paint all over.


Monday 18th: Ahhhh Monday RAG Week in Carlow…. Is there a better place to be in the entire world? For you 1st years prepare for madness. Not a day for a house party but one for getting your ass out and about in the town and enjoying the festival atmosphere that pulses through the streets and pubs. I have christened this day “DJ Day” and wherever you go you shall find some of the finest DJ’s this country has to offer. Scraggs is the place to be today with the Gunge Tank and their very own DJ’s Matt Givens, Johnny Fingers and Bunty. A new Edition to Scraggs this year is the Red Bull stage upstairs which today will host yours truly and also one of the best DJ’s to ever play Carlow. You’ve seen and heard him rock The Foundry a few times now with his electric show, it’s DJ Paul Kay & MC Vision. This is a must see for the week. O Loughlins are running a daylight rave on the terrace with our very own ITC DJ Soc. A very special guest here is DJ Gordo who has played in the top nightclubs all over the country and also in the Red Bull Electric Ballroom at Oxegen. There’s live music later in the night with the Dirty Dubstars and the Undutchables. Then DJ Day is getting wrapped up in style with a Hip Hop set in The Tower with FM 104’s Frank Jez and Fourplay’s Rory Lynam in The Foundry.

Karl’s suggested Schedule: Scraggs 11AM – 3PM… O Lox 3PM-5PM… Some Refreshments… Back to Scraggs for 8PM-12AM… The Foundry (If you can last the pace!)


Tuesday 19th: The Tuesday morning blues… Many are tempted to submit to an almighty hangover today but there’s only one way to beat it. Two Alka Seltzer, a breakfast roll and a can for breakfast (Shower Optional). Make your way into the college for a peak at comedian Karl Spain and some free lunch with Supermacs. After this return home get your shit together and get on it like a car bonnet because Scott from Geordie Shore is in Carlow and he’s going to partying in The Foundry and he’ll be available for a few snaps. It’s also a Beach Party so get your hula skirts and flip flops on. The IT Carlow Music Soc will be belting out some tunes in Tullys with a beach party theme and Scraggs are also going with a little sand between your toes. O Loughlins will welcome Black Friday onto their deck.

Karl’s suggested schedule: The Barrow Centre 1PM-3PM... A good House Party (keep it inside where possible)… Tully’s 6:30PM-8:30PM… O’ Loughlins 8:30PM-10PM… Scraggs 10PM-12AM… The Foundry

To the foundry Robin! Joppa Juice!


Wednesday 20th: Wednesday has been christened “Silly Hat & Superhero Wednesday”! I’ve always spotted some great hats throughout many RAG Weeks so why don’t we all don them on one unified day. And for those of you who wanted to be a mysterious hero when you were younger this is the day to get the costume on and do whatever the foook you want! Wednesday nights have been exceptional all year so RAG Week Wednesday shall be no different! Kick off the day in the college again with Republic of Telly’s Bernard O’ Shea live from 1PM. Supermacs will again be on hand with some survival grub and the Red Bull Wings girls will be paying us a visit if you lads fancy coming in for a perv. You’ll be watching your penny’s at this stage so maybe another kicking house party could be on the cards here. After that you have the options of a Frat Party in O’ Loughlins with the Chilli Red Hot Peppers, Dave O’ Neill in Tullys or DJ Mat Givens in Scraggs. Something new to Carlow is a show that is lighting up venues all across the country and will be on the Red Bull Stage in Scraggs from 10PM. MAK Attack will be bringing you some of the best in funky house alongside a live drummer. A serious show here that will lead you nicely into one of the feature night of the week… From the Main stage in Europe’s top Music Festival, one of the hottest DJ acts in the world at the moment, the Belgian brothers, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are guaranteed to absolutely smash the house in The Foundry. The must see act of the week in my opinion! And if that’s not your cup of tea we have one of the most renowned bands in the country in The Tower, Blue Moose!

Karl’s suggested schedule: The Barrow Centre 1PM-3PM… House Party… O’ Loughlins 6PM-8PM… Tullys 8PM-10PM… Scraggs 10PM-12AM… Foundry


Thursday 21st: Thursday… The day for the true RAG week Champion! The last day to notch up a session and earn the most important golden week of the year! We are going to pull off a Carlow edition of The Cube Gameshow in the SU and will have some grub and treats for you to nurse the hangover. Bound to be some tense times and a few laughs here. After that ignore your bodys urge to get on the next bus and retire home to mammy. One last big push for RAG week glory and you won’t be disappointed. Take the day off to nurse yourself to the best possible state and then empty the tank. O’ Loughlins have The Stoney Brokes & Sal Vitro on the deck and Scraggs will have DJ Dean Sherry (Electric Picnic) and top Irish DJ’s Steven Cooper and Rory Lynam with their Red N’ Head double DJ Set. To end the week in style The RAG Ball in The Foundry welcome Ex Prodigy Star Leeroy Thornhill and the amazing Knights Of Leon in The Tower. Former Miss Ireland Rozanna Purcell and some tasty friends will be on hand as well to brighten up the place and take a few snaps so don’t be shy lads!

Karl’s suggested schedule: The SU 1PM-3PM… Some R&R O’ Loughlins 6PM-8PM… Scraggs 8PM-12PM… Foundry for the RAG Ball!


Martin ‘Father’ Smith Presents...

Rag weeks have been used to raise money for charities since Victorian times. Although we now use the term as an acronym for Raise and Give, it originally meant " an extensive display of noisy disorderly conduct, carried on in defiance of authority or discipline" to raise money. The first Rag week in South Africa was held in 1925. It is usually held at the beginning of the year and is a way of welcoming new students. Students build floats and parade through the city ragging onlookers for money which is given to a chosen charity. Since 1961, students and staff at Manchester Uni have held one of the longest running Rag events in the UK, the Bogle Stroll, a 55 mile walk from Lancaster to Manchester. Ouch! Students in University College Dublin have been known to invade the studios in RTE in Donnybrook, ‘kidnap’ a celebrity hostage and demand a ransom be paid to the sponsored charity. Rag Raids take place in many college towns and cities during Rag week. Students, often wearing crazy costumes, go through the streets collecting for charity. The record for the most money raised during a Rag Raid goes to Loughborough Students' Rag who raised £62,126.26 in London for the Poppy Appeal in November 2011. Rag Radio broadcasts are also a feature of many Rag weeks, One of the most extreme elements of RAG week in Cambridge is the Jailbreak. Armed only with a Jailbreak t-shirt, an assortment of RAG goodies and their own ingenuity, over 250 students are released onto the world for a day and a half. The winner of the jailbreak is the one who travels farthest away after a day and a half. Sponsored students have ended up in Singapore, Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Bilbao or Marrakesh and help raise money for charities. How far would you get on a JJ Kavanagh Bus?

Have a fun week and be safe. Martin


Survival Guide Warning: RAG Week is not for the faint hearted. It will require those who accept the challenge to have qualities like bravery and courage! However no matter how much courage one has there are certain things that you will need in order to survive this week! So I’m here to give you a list of the essentials. Berocca: We all need something to kick start us in the mornings because remember it’s going to be one long day!

Multivitamins: Let’s face it it’s not the healthiest of weeks and without these you are guaranteed to come out the other end of it with at least a cold and swollen glands. So be sure to take a vitamin supplement every day.

Food: As enticing as a liquid breakfast will seem at the time it’s never a good idea. Get plenty of Carbs into you for soakage.


Condoms: I know we all know this and are tired of hearing it but always practice safe sex. You don’t want Chlamydia to be your reminder of RAG week 2013!!

The Pill: For those of you taking the pill please please don’t forget to take it!! As the saying goes ‘You will get pregnant and die!’

Water: It’s simple really. Don’t get up in the mornings and crack a can open you will need to rehydrate first. So get some water into you!

Painkillers: There’s nothing worse than a banging hangover so along with your water pop two Panadol where needed and your set for the day!

Motillium: You think a headache is bad, a sick stomach is way worse and this is the quickest cure for it so stock up!


Phone: Always make sure your phone is fully charged your more than likely going to need it as you or your friends will at some stage be separated. I would advise using an old phone especially if you have some form of high tech fancy smart phone. You will cry if it gets broken and let’s face it that’s bound to happen. Spare change: Make sure and have change for a taxi if you lose your friends and want to go home. Don’t jump a taxi; having the guards knocking on your door over a fiver isn’t fun!!

Buddy System: If like me you have friends who need constant supervision or else they will end up punching the bouncers or perhaps you are that friend I would advise a buddy system. Look out for each other and don’t encourage this as RAG week won’t be as enjoyable if you’re barred from every pub and nightclub in town!

Sleep: You may not want to or even feel there is a need but trust me there is always a need for sleep. Falling asleep on a stool in the foundry = NOT A GOOD LOOK!!


George ‘President’ Beattie Presents...

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= Adventure; RAG week for those of who haven’t participated in before is one of the most perils journeys you can embark upon, not only does it test your physical endurance but it also puts your morality to the test. It is a true adventure.

B

A to

z

= Bottles; RAG week to even the most seasoned of drinkers is a struggle. Remember that RAG week is a marathon not a sprint. Bottles are must for day time consumption they are just enough to cure the fear but not enough to have a re-enactment of your 3am stumble. Never forget there is no such thing as a BREACk.

c

= Clothing; RAG week T-shirt is a must for everyone. Guy’s shorts or pants you never plan on wearing again for the first four nights, effort is somewhat of a must for Thursdays ball! Girls put those dresses and heels away you won’t need them and the lightly hood is if you have them out before Thursday you will mobbed by 1500 in cohesive drunken men who think that they are smoother than John Travolta in Saturday night fever.

D

= Danger; don’t be under the illusion that nothing bad can happen. Danger lurks in every drink you consume. Even dodgy dance moves may attract danger, one minute you could be on the dance floor next you find yourself with guy/girl before you know it you’re doing the no pants dance and if you don’t protect yourself well…… blue waffle Google it!

e

= Emotions; this mainly applies to first time RAG weekers but there still are a few seasoned students that fall for it. He/she doesn’t love you this is a once off and no you’re not special your just a tick on the golden week chart!


F

= Fellowship; you have all seen the Lord of the rings Fellowship of the ring. Well RAG week is a lot like that movie. Sunday set off with friends, Monday meet a load of random interesting people and set off on an adventure, Tuesday find yourself in some dark place by that I mean a proper “locals bar” get chased by a bunch of really ugly people and end out losing the hard man of your new found fellowship, Wednesday by now your large fellowship is divided and each sub group is scattered between house parties, pubs and AnE, Thursday the reunion in a strange twist of faith the hard man has returned and manages to reunite the fellowship, Friday everyone goes their separate ways some on buses some in cars heck some even stay but they have all shared an experience RAG week!!

G

= Golden week; I know what you are thinking and no this doesn’t refer to anything remotely academic. A golden week in RAG week terms refers to and only applies to getting the “ride” with a different person every night. Yes Sunday does count.

H

= Hats; Ever wonder why the beany hat has proven so popular with students over the years? Well it all started as a result of RAG week, students decided that alcohol was more important than heating so as a result people started not washing and hiding their shame under a hat! You’ve thought about it already haven’t you?

I

= Invincibility; contrary to popular belief it is possible, so pick yourself up and keep going remember reputations are made and lost!!

J

= Johnny’s; Again guys/girls they are a must and remember you can buy 140 for 30euro in the Students Union. Don’t be silly wrap your Willie.


K

= KFC; ok so I know Colonel Sanders is American and well Americans don’t have the best track record when it comes to drinking particularly RAG week (don’t ask), however a family feast bucket between two is a must at some point during the week! Soakage!!!

L

= Lube; this mainly applies to the girls. So he has been on the beer for three days hasn’t washed and is about a stable on his feet as a baby deer getting up for the first time after drinking a bottle of Jack. I think enough is said.

M

= Miller (Karl miller) ladies beware this is first single RAG week in 3 years... Yes he is a DJ yes he is genius behind this awesome week... So if you find yourself been bought a drink by a large ginger man and brought to the DJ box to “spin some tunes”. Be prepared not for a night of passion but a night of cuddles and chats!!

N

= Nymphomaniac; this is a very contagious condition that is most common in testosterone filled first year lads. Don’t want to single anyone out in particular but it is most common in the Sport courses.

O

= Orgasm; girls there is a huge possibility that this will be one experience you won’t have this week, as alcohol induced erectile dysfunctions are extremely common.

P

=Pain; yes your body will still be aching after 3 weeks but this is one week that is most definitely worth it!

Q

= Quantity; I am afraid that the old saying that quality over quantity is non-applicable this week as excesses is the name of the game.


R

= Rahoo; This week the real country lads shine they come in from the bogs and mountains like the swallows come in for the summer. You’ll understand what I mean when you see a bunch of lads acting like hector as depicted on RTEs savage eye . Brown wrangler shoes and their t-shirts wrapped around their heads lead of course by the biggest mucker of them all Michael Holland.

S

= Sraggs Monday emphasis on the DAY. This is carlows answer to black Monday except is a lot messier wilder… and nakeder yes I’m aware that’s not a word but if you’ve been there before you’ll understand!!

T

= Town; being on the sesh in the town during the week is essential, you have all year for house parties so get yourself to the pub!

U V

= Unreal; it is self-explanatory.

= Virginity; RAG week virgins heads up nothing is too wild venture out of your house find random parties and for god sake go to scraggs Monday!!

W X Y

=WARNING; Jurgen Quinlan

= X-Rated; to be honest that best sums up the week.

= YES; is the key word for the week break your norm and just go with the flow!!

Z

= zzz; are very important after RAG but beware those of you who pass out on a session will more than lightly end up with no eye brows..


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So you have probably heard all the lectures in bore you with too much information we will gi to save money, avoid hangovers and

Pace Yourself

Ever missed the best part of a great night because you were already conked out from hitting the booze too hard? To avoid similar disappointment grab a glass of water between drinks. This allows you to stay hydrated, refreshed and help you last the whole night!

Save those cents

A student is, by definition, short of cash. All the nights out during RAG Week can add up. A few simple tactics such as bringing out less money, making a budget for the week, can help you spend less. Where possible avoid rounds in pubs as they generally spell trouble for your wallet!

Keep Safe

It’s very important that you can be contactable during RAG Week as its very easy get separated from your friends. So ensure that you have credit on your phone and your phone is fully charged before leaving the house. Always keep your drink close to you when in pubs and clubs to avoid being spiked. Make sure to bring enough spare cash to get a taxi home and avoid walking home alone at all costs. Many un-necessary arguments seem to break out when one too many drinks has been consumed, to avoid ruining as great night, walk away from drink fuelled arguments. And finally never let a friend go off alone with a stranger!


Guide 2013

s involving alcohol and RAG Week. Rather than give you some useful tips which will allow you nd get through the week in one piece. The Morning After There are a few ways of making yourself feel a little better the morning after the night before, however the best cure for a hangover is time. To help the process along make sure you drink plenty of water, have a good breakfast (eggs sambo’s are the shot) and get some gentle exercise like a walk, the fresh air will work wonders! Avoid aspirin as it destroys the enzyme that destroys alcohol and could be dangerous. Steer clear of caffeine as it only dehydrates you further. And if your tempted by the hair of the dog also known as the cure avoid it at all costs as it is only prolonging the inevitable! The 'Other‘ Morning After With every pint you drink the more likely you are to develop a pair of beer goggles and fall victim to their effect. This is sometimes unavoidable however there are something which are unavoidable! To avoid any itchy surprises or life changing conversations a few months down the line, always, always, always use a condom. How to Sober Up Time is a great healer, and time is the best when sobering up! Whether it be curled up in bed, running to a lecture, your body still only gets rid of ONE STANDARD DRINK (a half a pint, glass of wine or a shot) PER HOUR. Nothing can speed up this process. Not even tea, energy drinks, a breakfast roll, or an ice-cold shower. So it’s very important to remember, if you’re drinking tonight, you might have to drive tomorrow morning! Low Risk Drinking Guidelines Up to 14 standard drinking for women per week and up to 21 standard drinks per week for men is considered low-risk drinking. It’s important that these are spread over the duration of a week and not consumed within on night. And remember one standard drink is; Half a pint of beer, a glass of wine or a shot of spirits! Drink Responsibly and enjoy rag week


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So you have probably heard all the lectures in bore you with too much information we will gi to save money, avoid hangovers and

With your mates

Relationships will form and blossom over this charitable time You will find a partner in crime to share in your misbehaviour You will give and receive some of the most inspirational speeches when you are at your darkest hour, the morning after the night before Heroics are inevitable and come in many forms

in your room

A mound of dirty and unwashed clothes UV paint stains A ripped & stained rag week t-shirt with a random phone number on it New, used and semi-used condoms left over from shag week Lube Your rag week drink stash One sleeping bag for your 8 friends staying on your floor

in the pub

Mid-day mayhem that will never be duplicated at any point during the academic year or at any time outside of rag week Fellow students up on tables showing their moves Female undergarments decorating the main bar in scraggs A constant flow of beverages


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s involving alcohol and RAG Week. Rather than give you some useful tips which will allow you nd get through the week in one piece. In the foundry

A big queue outside the door so get there early A packed dancefloor full of students looking for courtship A transformation of the smoking area into a sardine farm Fading champions from a hard days work

in the college

Bemused lectures that show up to empty classrooms Tumbleweed in the library Hungover students united at the on campus events making plans for the day and night ahead A sorry bunch of souls on friday who are beaten, battered & bruised

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Bemused lectures that show up to empty classrooms Tumbleweed in the library Hungover students united at the on campus events making plans for the day and night ahead A sorry bunch of souls on friday who are beaten, battered & bruised

in your head

A little voice telling you that you can’t… ignore it, you can! Thoughts of taking a night off… ignore them, you can’t! looking in the mirror and wondering if you’re that drunk… you are The question of “was he/she looking at me acroos the bar”? They were The reassurement that yes… i’m sexy and i know it


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Ryan ‘Equality’Blackett Presents...

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Irish Day – Something that pops up all the time is the traditional I started with something that everyone wants to see: my bag full of po I could, painted the face green with shamrocks and the likes and aw its lows from extremely cheap pints, to doing riverdance, to doing Irish day continued and everyone seemed to be hitting their alcohol tion? Shur off to the foundry with us. Again this is where the memo day Irish session with Carlow students.

The Freshers RAG – So this is also back in 2011, my first every RAG the best week of the whole year and when it was just a week away I w began. All of my friends at the time were non 1st years so I thought mistake, being an ultimate lightweight at the time. In my absolute m pretty much didn’t really make it past much more of the day. The puk me. I was put into my bed and left to fend the violent vomiting for proceed to try taking a shower to sober myself up. I ended up in my shower or my own room. Just as the search party was going out the chew.

I get knocked down but I.... Springing just back to last year and to full crowd the atmosphere was absolutely mighty. With it already be of craic I got onto a table to dance to the music, absolutely poundin everyones drink all over the place. The only logic to follow after th the drunken legends of Carlow were getting just ever so slightly a jager and the likes and what a fantastic night it was.

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lot of money to do RAG week properly. So instead we bought cans had a whopper of a g festivities began for RAG week 2012. In the inebriated state of us we locate a HING in tinfoil. From the furniture to our own bodies it was tinfoil oblivion. It week festivities, destination: O’Loughlins. We of course decided to leave on the l. Also various items of clothing had been picked up on our journeys of Carlow from y sure none of our glorious tinfoil fashion lasted pretty long when we hit the public ets hazy from here but all in all it was a good start to RAG week of 2012.....I think.

nal Irish theme which reared its head on RAG week 2011. The preparations for the day of pound shop bought irish supplies absolutely covered in vomit. So I scavenged what d away we were to a pub that no longer exists called Gullys. The day had its highs and oing shots with random girls in the bathrooms and so on. The ridiculousness of cohol tolerance limit. So when everyone has hit their limit what is the natural reacmemory gets a little hazy but yet again another great night of craic, can’t beat an all

RAG week. All through college you hear about this amazing RAG week that is just y I was very excited altogether. So the drink supplies were bought and the week ught I need to keep up a standard. I dived straight into the vodka which was my first ute messy state I proceeded to carry out a drunken interview for college and well puking started and obviously being RAG week nobody had any time to take care of for myself. So I wake up to a few people that had come back from their night and in my other house mates’ bed and caused panic when nobody could find me in either the the door I was discovered, gotta love the freshers biting off more than they can

nd to yet again O’Loughlins bar. The great Barley Mob was playing outside and with a dy being night time the drunken state had been established hours ago. So it the spirit nding the table with my feet and naturally the table turns, I go flying sending er this? GET BACK UP ON THAT TABLE! The exact same thing happened again and as tly annoyed I stop. I continued my night absolutely soaked head to toe in beer, vodka,

ke I have had the best of RAG weeks but that’s probably down to me being too drunk to of my RAG weeks. However in 2012 on Thursday night my most favorite moment of all foundry with his presence. The drink was flowing and the music was pumping and the I ever had to pick a night of my life to relive over and over again it would most

week highlights, well the ones I can pull from my alcohol damou make it, and hopefully to all the freshers you will all have e RAG mag next year.


Sandy ‘Union Rep’ Duane Presents...

n G o i e h t s s a a F B e i.t.carlow r a e s hin’ h And GiveW -Raiseweek Okay, so I’m no Coco Chanel but hey, this ain’t exactly Carlow Fashion Week either. This is RAG week, and guys if you think for one moment you’ll be looking sexy/desirable/cool or that you girls will be finding your true love/getting ‘found’ magically by someone off The Model Scouts, then… This must be your first ever RAG week. May God have mercy on your soul. Put your new squeaky clean Converse away, hide your Juicy Couture handbags and for goodness sake wear flats. You’ll need them (and yes, that goes for you too boys, if relevant). Now is not the time to carefully construct your weeks’ wardrobe changes unless, of course, they include clothes that wouldn’t look out of place at a rave/festival/homeless centre. Yes, I really did just say homeless centre. What most of you don’t realise, is that as you read this, there are frenzied publicans all around Carlow putting the finishing touches on the best ways to absolutely destroy your mind, body and ultimately, your soul. How? With a mash up of gunge tanks, silly drunken games involving stripping/swapping clothes with strangers and ridiculous drink promotions that will ensure that the games are only remembered by incriminating photo evidence. Come to think of it, maybe put some time and effort into choosing your underwear… There are certain items of clothing which will help you to squeeze the most out of RAG week and to be fair, the list is far from exhaustive. Today, we will discuss just a few possibilities to get your creative juices flowing.


Now, the ultimate must-have is the extremely versatile IT Carlow RAG week T-shirt. No, I’m not participating in some kind of shameless marketing for the Union by writing this-it’s 100% true. Girls, you can take a scissors to this bad boy and come out looking cooler than Ed Hardy*. No matter who you are, by wearing this T-shirt you are articulating to everyone around you that hell yeah, I’m from the college and this is my RAG week b**tchs! Even if you’re at that point where you’re completely deaf and dumb from sheer alcohol consumption, you’re still managing to have an identity, and if sh*t really hits the fan and you’re found on the street with no identification, at least you can be dropped back to the college, right? (The T-shirt won’t help if you’re in trouble with the Gardaí, however. Disclaimer: It may make matters worse.) After this, you are free to go wild. Get yourself some onsies from Penneys, dress up like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with your friends, get a bucket of paint and f*ck it over your best mate’s head. Anything goes. This is the only week where you are given free rein to become free-lance artists and express yourself through body art (i.e. putting war paint on and running through the town as if you’re in Black Ops Zombies). No one will blink an eye if you turn up dressed as Santa Claus looking for people to sit on your lap (you perv…) or be creative, like two girls I bumped into last year who entered the Sue Ryder charity shop and bought full old-women outfits for 2 euros. I mean, proper Mrs Doubtfire style gear, and head-to-toe no less. Possible the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Don’t forget to watch out for the themes which will influence many peoples’ get-up throughout the week. Penneys is your new best friend, accept this now and go visit her. Pronto. You won’t be able to afford RAG week otherwise. Also, for anyone who wants to make a nuisance of themselves altogether, you know that half-market looking shop beside the sweet shop near the Foundry? They have high visibility jackets, and extremely cheap too. Major craic. Just sayin’. Anyways, whatever you decide to wear, have fun, be fun and make great memories. It doesn’t matter how drunk you look in the photos, if you have a hilarious/cleverly themed outfit on, people may be distracted long enough for you to un-tag yourself before they see your drunken expressions. Good luck! *slight exaggeration on the Ed Hardy remark, but God loves a trier...


Corey Carty Presents...

I want to tell you about the most embarrassing night of my life in Carlow. It was Sunday, John O Callaghan was playing in The Temple if I remember properly. Me and a couple of lads started the day off well by winning a rugby match which gave more cause for celebration. Which in turn made me buy a 70cl bottle of paint stripper Tesco Home Brand Vodka. (Mistake No.1). We had a "little" get together with the rest of the lads and a few girldingos. Which in turn led to party games e.g Kings. (Mistake No. 2). This lead me to believe that I was the fecking King of Ireland and could do whatever I wanted including walking. Some how only god knows I was allowed in The Temple. I must have crawled through his legs or something. Which in turn led to more cheap ass vodka (Mistake No. 3). I was as drunk as David Hasselhoff eating a burger! Falling round the place, dropping drinks and nearly killing myself several times on the stairs. But I prevailed to a lovely little corner in the smoking area where no one could go near me. But all of a sudden it came. You know that feeling when your about to get sick and there is absolutely not a god damn thing you can do about it? You turn into a rock. I try to make a break for the toilet..you get sick. You stay there...you get sick. So i'm still i'm starting to blend into the fecking background. But one girl saw me and came up to me. (Mistake No.1 for her!). She poked me in the side and asked me for a lighter to which I responded "Blahagahaurghbahugh", with vomit right in her fecking face! Safe to say I was escorted out kindly by the wonderful staff of The Temple. (Mistake No.4.) To top the night of I thought I'd catch up with my girlfriend who was saving herself for the next day. I walked up to her apartment waking up half of Carlow with "Don't You Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot Like Me!" Snuck into bed and this conversation happened. : "Hey Hunny", "What!?" " I was just wondering if you might me a little horny right now?" "What!? God No!!" To which I responed "Oh thank god!" zzzzzzzzzzz (Good Decision No.1) And that was my night on Rag Week Last Year.


There are certain supplies you will need. You may think this is a bit strange but trust me it will make the week so much more enjoyable. So here are a few things you will need: 1. Cheap clothes: get yourself down to Penneys and raid the bargain buckets for tshirts, vest tops, shorts and any random accessories you may find. Sunglasses are ESSENTIAL. 2. Paint: get yourself some paint whether it is UV or not and just go mental. Ensure to only paint yourself and friends as if you paint the house you can say bye bye to any deposits paid. 3. Glitter: whether you are male or female you’re going to need glitter. I’m not saying channel Ke$ha or anything but a bit of glitter goes a long way. 4. Hats: Improvise. Rag week is the one week of the year where it is acceptable to wear a Druids box or a pencil case as a hat so the possibilities are endless. 5. Flat shoes: Ladies although heels give you those luscious long legs you’ve always wished for, your feet will kill you and you will look ridiculous all dolled up on RAG week. 6. Markers: these will come in handy for personalizing those tops bought in Penneys or branding your friends with things like ‘I am a Fiat Punto’. 7. Random clothes: raid your wardrobe and pull out those items that you think will work. The more ridiculous the better. 8. Anything else you can think of yourselves will be acceptable. Rag week is not a week of looking hot but is a week of looking foul and the fouler the look the more craic you are guaranteed to have.


Podge ‘I Butter Both Sides of My Bread’ Sheehan Presents...

...Kind’ve Tip #1: Never listen to my advice, especially when it comes to RAG Week, However, if you need to know what NOT to do then just ask me how last year was! Tip #2: Drink loads of water at any given opportunity, DO NOT do what I did and think ‘sure, that will only make me sober’ NO IT WON’T, it’ll just ensure you can stand upright and not be lying on a floor of sand wrapped in an Ireland flag. Tip #3: Make sure you eat at some point numerous times a day, every bit will make sure you have a field day. Stop into Centra to grab a breakfast roll (no butter) on the way to the pub! Tip #4: Don’t overdo it at the beginning of the week. Know this, this is 5 days of drinking, Oxegen is 3. Tip #5: Avoid any cameras at all costs, they will come back to haunt you on Facebook numerous times for weeks looking extremely unattractive! Tip #6: Making babies is not on the official line up for Rag Week nor should you make it part of it. Use a condom. Tip #7: Don’t work the Friday after Rag Week as you will physically be unable to move. Trust me, I spent 3 full days in bed last year. (All 3 of which consisted of The Fear, see back of magazine if you don’t know what this is) Tip #8: Don’t wear expensive/fancy/remotely nice clothes that you would like to wear again. Chances are they’ll get covered in paint or glitter or some other weird non-removable stuff. Tip #9: If you’re still reading, fair f**ks, read tip #1 again.


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"The Fear" is the sense that you have done yourself some lasting damage after a night of drinking. The Fear is usually rash and overdramatic, however, Rag Week Fear can definitely be long lasting.

Symptoms?

· A feeling that you are going to die soon (and not just due to other hangover symptoms); · A feeling that if you’re not dying, you’ve definitely caught some life-threatening disease like the plague or malaria ·

A sense that people or organizations are out to get you;

· Angst that you may have offended, inappropriately touched or physically attacked someone the night before; (You probably have) · Foreboding about the next time you meet the people or return to the bar where you degraded yourself the previous night. · An overwhelming feeling that EVERYBODY hates you, even people who weren’t out hate you, allegedly. · Similar to bread and butter, The Fear is often accompanied by The Remorse. The Remorse is where you are genuinely ashamed and sorry for the way you have behaved, as well as simply frightened for the sake of your own wellbeing.

Remedy! Like the flu, there is none apart from plenty of water and sleep. Now not medically approved but I recommend finding a friend or a fear ridden companion and lying in bed as you are likely to be extremely needy. WARNING: Do not read your sent items & don’t leave the house without the hood up, you WILL see everyone from last night, especially your one night stand! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.


RAG Mag 2013  

IT Carlow Students Union Rag Mag

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