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NEWS Students demand Science 55,765 CAO applicants mentioned a science course in their application this year making it the second most popular category for incoming first years. 8,146 of these applicants opted to put a level eight science course as their first choice, an increase of 2.14% from 2011.

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given great momentum to the first phase of the project. “When the first stage of the development is complete, we will bring together various art and design students who are currently

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Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí at the over the summer with GDA Chair, DIT President and GDA CEO a replacement Mental Health Facility for the H.S.E. is in its final stages of construction as part of the broader Grangegorman redevelopment project. The promise of additional funding has

Public to vote on children’s rights The Children’s Referendum takes place on Saturday 10th November which affirms the rights of the child and allows the State in exceptional circumstances to take the place of parents. It also provides for the legal adoption of children where parents have failed to care for them. The best interests of the child are considered paramount in any legal proceedings according to the proposed article. Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald said the referendum is a chance to leave behind the country’s legacy of failure towards children. She said it would change the Constitution so it protects children, supports families and treats all children equally. Taoiseach Enda Kenny said for too long children had been invisible in Ireland and now they would be individuals in their own right. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said the new Article would allow all children to be protected. He said from now on the concerns of children would not be written out of history. Fourth year journalism student Sarah Reilly who is against the referendum said “It deepens the fears of vulnerable families, unmarried or single parents. The debates [in the media] about the referendum have been unclear.”

By Amy Lewis Plans for the amalgamation of all 39 D.I.T. facilities at Grangegorman are underway, with architects to be appointed to the project within the next fortnight. The restoration and replacement of former buildings at the 73-acre site is due to be finalised by December, allowing for renovations to commence early next year. On July 17, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced the Government’s commitment to fund the project as part of their €2 bn infrastructure stimulus package. The news of government financial support for the development came as a surprise considering their decision to cut capital funding last November. Despite this previous disappointment, the Campus Planning Team at D.I.T., along with the Grangegorman Development Agency, remained committed to the construction of the campus, albeit at a slower pace. “When the Government action on the project ceased in November, we reassessed the situation and began to work on it ourselves,” said Dr. Paul Horan, Head of Campus Planning at D.I.T. As a result of their efforts, a €10m research building is nearing completion. In addition,

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scattered around the city,” said Dr. Horan. “By September 2014, the campus will accommodate 1,000 students.”

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NEWS Aungier St social area renovation

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2% Cost of Kevin Street refurbishment as a percentage of the cost of building Grangegorman’s sports complex

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Subways within a 1.5km radius of DIT Kevin St

DIT student papers archived By Barry Lennon Deputy Editor An archive of DIT’s past student newspapers is now available online. Issues of the DIT Independent and DIT News dating back to 1999 have been digitized by The Library Central Services Unit (CSU). The old papers are now included in an institute-wide archive which attempts to document a social history of the college. The newspapers on the archive, known as ARROW, show that Grangegorman has been the dominant story in DIT student publications for the past 13 years. Papers before 1999, when the paper was the DIT Examiner, and The Edition cannot yet be viewed online. These newspapers have not yet been digitized as the CSU manager Yvonne Desmond told The Edition that the ARROW project is ongoing. Desmond said that she

was reluctant to publicize the collection until these editions were included. “We don’t want to promote the collection until the body of work is done [documents collected and digitized].There has been interest already but we cannot be certain on numbers visiting the site. After a while we’ll be able to get figures of the online traffic,” she said. Desmond mentioned that ARROW has been of interest to academics. Former student and Current Head of the University of Limerick’s Journalism school, Tom Felle also visited the site. Fellle wrote for the DIT Independent when he was a student in DIT and was happy to see his old work archived. “I was surprised at how good it was. I’ve forgotten most of it [his newspaper work]. We didn’t realize at the time how beneficial it would be to work on the paper and in the course (sic). I’m delighted that DIT has decided to put the archives online for posterity,” said Felle.

SU area after summer renovations in the basement of the Aungier St campus

By Siobhán McGuire The common area in DIT Aungier Street underwent a redevelopment during the summer months. The area, situated in the basement of the college, was redesigned and modernized. The decision to re-design the area was made five years ago. According to Student Union (SU) President David Keoghan, “it was decided that the Aungier St common area needed a new look, it was dark and dreary and wasn’t really student friendly.” The decision to re-design the Aungier Street common area was based on a litter problem in the space. “If we made the area look better, people would feel that they owned it more. While there was an issue of litter in all the campuses, it seemed to be a bit worse in

about a week or so,” he added. According to the recently elected President, there have been plans to re-design the common area in Bolton Street. There is now space there to re-design the common area especially with the drop in apprentice numbers. “I hope students from Aungier Street, Kevin St and any other campus make the area their own and spend as much time as possible there,” he added. William Meara, Vice President for events explained his vision for the common areas in DIT. “I want the Aungier Street common area to be an interactive space that will enhance the student experience for the students,” he said.

will coincide with that of the two quadrants in 2017 and will facilitate access for the students to the campus. An Bord Pleanála have approved the Grangegorman site as a Strategic Development Zone (S.D.Z.). According to Mr. Michael Hand, CEO of the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA), this designation was ‘significant’ as it gives certainty to the project. D.I.T. must apply for individual planning permissions for each element of the scheme, but provided they comply with the S.D.Z. agreement,

planning permission must be granted and there is no right to appeal. The final master plan for the Grangegorman project, as unveiled by planners Moore Ruble and Yudell in 2008, was honoured with two awards earlier this year: the National Honour Award from the American Institute of Architects and the Honour Award from the Society for College and University Planning.

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Former editors of DIT student newspaper throughout the years gathered for the launch of the newspaper archive

Aungier Street,” said the SU President. The re-development was funded by Student Life fund and the Student assistance fund. The new additions to the area include new lighting, new chairs, a purple place in the corner for computers and new pool tables. A cafeteria will also be put in place in the area. Plans for the redevelopment were halted throughout the five year period. “We had to keep cutting it down. It was all passed and ready to go in summer 2011 but someone in DIT put the brakes on it,” said David. “We were hoping to get it finished by the time students came back but different things came up, people weren’t around for making final decisions. But it’s usable at the moment, we’re hoping to have it done very shortly, there’s more chairs coming back in

The second phase will see the construction of two quadrants which are public private partnerships – one for science, food and tourism disciplines and the other for students of arts, design and music. When this phase is finalised in 2017, the aim is to have 50% of D.I.T. students on the Grangegorman campus. The extension of the Luas line to Broombridge was given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanála in August. Its completion

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SUs vote on leaving USI By Louisa McGrath Trinity College and UCD are having referenda to decide whether they will remain affiliated with USI. Trinity College’s referendum will be held between September 24th and October 4th; the results will be released that night. Trinity’s Student Union President, Rory Dunne, is remaining neutral on the issue. The issue was brought up by their Student Union Council, and then they voted in favour of having a referendum to decide on affiliation to USI. In the past Trinity College was separate from USI for ten years; now after ten years of being associated with it, the students of Trinity may decide to separate once again. UCD has also decided to have a referendum on its association with USI in November. The student unions of both Trinity College and UCD pay over €100,000 to USI annually. NUIG also has plans to have a referendum on the issue, with a provisional date set in November. NUIG had the same referendum in 2005; their students voted to remain connected with USI then. UCC had a referendum on the subject last

USI President John Logue speaking at the March for Marriage 2012

March; with 2,543 students voting to stay with USI, while only 1,049 students wanted to disaffiliate. DITSU’s President, David Keoghan, gave his view on the issue: “It is common practice that SUs have a referendum on their affiliation with USI; it is often in their constitutions. We would hold one, but our new constitution does not require that any more; last year’s referendum was like a referendum on our association with the USI.” However, when asked if there could be a similar referendum in DIT, Keoghan said, “If the student council wants a referendum, they will get one.” While some student unions have problems with USI’s activities, DITSU’s President does not: “I’m happy with USI’s activities and as far as I can see the structures are in place for DITSU to get its points across. I am sure there have been decisions in the past that did not agree with DITSU; no one union has a monopoly, but with USI we’re stronger. “One example of USI working well was when Clare County Council was asking for proof of payment of the household tax for student grants; the USI mobilised extremely

quickly, they organised students to go down and protest. They were all over the media and they posed a legal challenge. They got the council to go back on the issue,” he continued. A spokesperson for USI commented, “USI welcomes the opportunity to engage with our members and convince them of USI’s worth. It gives us an opportunity to talk to students face-to-face, explain the work we do and motivate them to get involved. In many colleges, affiliation referendums are mandatory and written into the Students’ Union constitution. Students have the right to evaluate USI’s work on a regular basis and these referendums are the democratic expression of that evaluation.” Where it is allowed, USI plans to organise pro-affiliation campaigns. DITSU President, David Keoghan, concluded, “If other colleges left it would definitely weaken USI, their motto is ‘Together we’re stronger’. I would actively encourage other colleges to be a part of USI; it is the one group the Government always goes to about students.”

Sharp rise in demand for science By Matthew Colfer In March 2012, 55,765 CAO applicants mentioned a science course in their application making it the second most popular category. 8,146 of these applicants opted to put a level eight science course as their first choice, an increase of 2.14% from 2011. However, this was not the only reason for the points increase. A record number of students sat the higher level maths exam, which, for the first time offered 25 bonus points to students who obtained a pass mark. Another potential influential on the points increase was the change in higher level Irish as the oral exam this year was worth 40% of the overall grad. Due to these factors, among others, points requirements for some science courses in DIT such as science with nanotechnology

and computer science increased by 50 points compared to 2011. When asked about this, Dr. Michael Seery Head of the Science with Nanotechnology course stated: “A growing interest in physics and chemistry as applied to the applications of Nano science at the frontiers of science has led to an on-going increase in popularity for the BSc Science with Nanotechnology programme at DIT.” While Dr. Deirdre Lillis, head of the school of computing commented “I think the reason for this is that students, parents and career guidance counsellors are realising just how good the opportunities are in the ICT sector in Ireland at the moment, not just in terms of the sheer quantity of jobs on offer (there are 4,000 vacancies currently) but also the quality of career that they can pursue.”

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DIT’s Hugh Mcatamney has returned to his role as Head of Digital Media, after acting as an official during the triathlon at this summer’s Olympics in London. The lecturer was a technical official during the event at the London games, responsible for supervising the athlete’s transition to the bike following the swim. Hugh participated in his first triathlon to raise money for Crumlins Children’s Hospital, going on to compete at national and international level, “I was attracted to the challenge of the sport and it’s not as boring as just running”. He admits his involvement with the sport is a contrast to his work at The School of Media in Aungier Street

“Students get a little surprised when they find out, but you have to mix life up” he says. Hugh retired from active competition in 2006, unable to devote the necessary time to training, but has remained heavily involved with the sport. He organised the 2010 European Triathlon Championships in Athlone and began training as a technical official. Though Hugh had officiated at European and World Championships, London was his first Olympics. He attended both the opening and closing ceremonies during his nine days in London and flew home with the Irish team, including Olympic champion Katie Taylor. “It was great, I highly recommend it” he quips; Hugh hopes to officiate again at the Rio Games, in four years time.

FullBright awards now for DIT students The Fullbright Commission is to come to DIT on Wednesday October 3rd. DIT students can apply to them for the FullBright award which includes a monetary grant, visa administration, accident and emergency insurance and cultural and professional programs. Candidates are selected through an open, merit-based competition with final approval from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in Washington, DC. The awards are available to students who have completed their degree and wish to enrol on a US masters or phd programme.

Duck Norris cleans up canal Over 40 “freshers” took part in the now annual DIT Societies Volunteering Induction Project last Friday. They took part in a clean up of the banks of the Royal Canal. This initiative is to give freshers the opportunity to get involved with volunteering and also to meet fellow new students from around the campuses. Duck Norris was also on hand and took to the task like a duck to water. It took two hours and over 20 black bags of rubbish were collected. Keep your eye out for other volunteering opportunities on the DIT Student Volunteering facebook page

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DIT Head of Digital Media Officiates at Olympics By Colin Layde

News Bulletin

DIT digital footprint The DIT Careers Service has launched a PDF called “Digital Footprint” which advises students about the perils of letting future employers see your online persona. They are advising students to “check what others can see about yourself - use Google or other search engines and search for yourself. Make sure you research yourself regularly .. you might not have added anything new but your friends or family might have!” There are benefits to a positive digital footprint however. Creating a profile that shows your CV and relevant skills, that you comment on blogs or news articles, maybe even posting a book review on amazon.

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Head of Digital Media in DIT (pictured on left) with Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee, who won bronze in the triathlon

Buy any sandwich or hot meal & get a bottle of Ballygowan for only €0.50c in the restaurant or Java. Buy any sandwich & get a can of coke for only €0.50c. There will also be a draw for a bike in September. When you buy any sandwich & can – put your name & contact details on the receipt & place in the box located in Java & the restaurant. Each month there after we will have meal deals in both Java city & the restaurant – watch out for promotions. In October the restaurant will launch a Mexican student wrap in the Deli bar. You can check out their facebook page “An Bhialann Aungier Street” for the latest deals.


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No country for old men! By Andrw Donovan News Editor President Michael D. Higgins visited DIT Bolton Street two weeks ago to formally launch his “Being Young and Irish” campaign addressing up to a 100 students aged between 17-25. In his opening address President Higgins made good on an election promise to reach out to the young as he asked all of us to take up the baton for social change “This generation of young people came of age during a period of rapid social and economic transformations. That change was forced on our citizens by the failure of assumptions about economic growth and the relationship of the economy and society that have been shown to be unsustainable with disastrous consequences. While those who

When they came back together they voted on their top 10 issues: 1. Equality – gay marriage – gender – wage/salary = equality in Ireland* 2. Accountability – leaders – finance – systems – services – government

are concerned for young people correctly point to opportunities that still exist for them, too many young people are suffering as a result of the contraction of our economy and its opportunities, its global context.” Following the opening address everyone was divided in groups of 10 to come up with their own vision for the future. At the end of their consultation each group had 5 key points they had developed.

President Higgins addressing staff and studets on DIT Bolton St last Saturday

3. A suitable completed education that includes special needs, life-skills, practical aspects, and is holistic 4. Mental health and suicide, awareness, mainstreaming. Bottom up approach and input from role models. Detachment of taboo

5. Cultural identity – recognition of importance of language, history and arts** 6. Accountable political system (reform) – participation structures, responsibility

DIT Students’ Union President Calls for Students to become Student Councillors David Keoghan SU President DIT Students’ Union is the voice of the students. DITSU is the lobby and representative group for students in DIT. We care about the student interest and the student interest alone. We are your Voice. A number of different groups (lecturers, admin, Government etc...) all want DIT to make decisions and allocate funding that will best serve their interest. As the saying goes; ‘He who shouts loudest, gets fed first.’ DIT is no different and we, DIT Students’ Union, work to ensure that all decisions are made in the students’ best interest. But how will our voice be heard over everyone else’s? By having a strong democratic structure. Not to be confused with the politicians in the Dáil, democracy in this sense is basically the way we can make sure that what students are saying in the classrooms and by the pool tables is exactly what we, as the Students’ Union Executive, are telling DIT to listen to. For example, last year we fought for and got a reduction in the proposed cuts to the funding for Societies, Clubs and Students’ Union. We also made sure DIT will now ask students what they want from their Libraries instead of pressing ahead with some closures. This was possible because of DITSU Student Council. DITSU Student Council is a group of elected students who represent their site and tells the Elected Officers to try and change the way DIT works so DIT is more studentfriendly. The DITSU Student Council reviews the Students’ Union’s work plans and makes sure we are doing the right things, the

right way – For the students of DIT. Anyone can become a student councillor. You don’t need to be a political hack or have experience in policy and mandates. All you need is to be passionate about the student voice and committed to making DIT more student-centred. To become a student councillor, you need to fill out an application form, drop it into your local Students’ Union and attend your Class Rep Meeting to be elected. We give you all the training and help you will need to become a brilliant councillor. (It also looks very good on you CV) It isn’t all hard work though. Meetings are once a month and it is a great way of meeting other students from different sites. It also gives you a valuable insight into the working of DIT Students’ Union and a chance to

help make it the strongest, loudest and most powerful voice in DIT. If you want to help your fellow students, if you want to make DIT a better place for students, if you want to make DIT and DIT Students’ Union better for students and if you want to have a good time doing it, then become a Student Councillor. Pick up a form in your SU today. For more information, check out http:// www.ditsu.ie/union/council/ or give David Keogan a call/email on 0866031213/ president@ditsu.ie.

7. Move from apathy to proactive participation, youthled change and innovation. Removal of jargon and buzz words in communication with youth

9. More opportunities and less exploitation in youth employment 10. Secular society and Government.

8. Improvement in the planning and implementation of green technologies

EU Commission promotes students on Erasmus for language skills By Andrew Donovan News Editor ‘Youth on the Move,’ an initiative launched by the European Commission two years ago, had a stall at this years Higher Options Conference taking place at the RDS. The Conference took place from September 19th-21st. Youth on the Move has been traveling round all EU member states to encourage more young people to take Erasmus opportunities. Karel Barták, Head of The Communications Unit for Education and Culture was in attendance and is attempting to convince the 33 European states involved in the Erasmus programme to double the money they provide over the next 7 year period in order to cater for 5 million students, teachers and youth workers to go abroad. Jessica Gough is the Erasmus Students Ambassador for Ireland and is passionate about the opportunities available. “The Erasmus slogan is ‘changing lives and opening minds for 25 yeas’ and that really sums it up,” she said. The Erasmus programme is in its 25th year now across Europe and as a small country Ireland has half as many outgoing students than incoming. “I think we need to try and drum up more interest among secondary school students especially about the prospects of Erasmus,” she added. Almost 33,000 Irish students have gone on erasmus

in 25 years out of the 2 million europe wide. Youth on the Move promotes both studying and working abroad. The Leonardo DaVinci Grant is available to those who wish to work in a foreign company or get foreign training for their current job. Ms Gough met many students at the Higher Options Conference and was surprised at the amount of students that weren’t aware of the Erasmus programme. They asked questions such as ‘what is the erasmus? What do I have to do to get it? In foreign countries, where they learn English from the time they can read, they are far more naturalised to the possibility of studying abroad and improving their english. Mr Barták also spoke about how the European Voluntary Service has become very popular in Ireland. “There are many Irish volunteers who go abroad to Portugal, Slovakia, Greece and work in schools teaching English, particularly in more remote areas where they greatly improve the quality of English being taught,” he said. Three thousand Irish students went on Erasmus during the last academic year, 2,000 on study placements and 1,000 on work placements.70% went to either France, Germany, Spain or Italy. This figure of 3,000 is double what it was 5 years ago and Ireland now constitutes one of the largest number of Erasmus students per capital. DIT sent 298 students on erasmus in 2010-2011 third in Ireland, behing UL and UCD almost a 10% increase on the year before


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NEWS D.I.T. Grangegorman: UCD Student Club shut down due to unpaid bills near €100,000 what to expect? By Stephanie Fennell

By Anne Stewart The UCD students’ bar, once a watering hole for thousands of students during their time in college, has run into economic difficulties with debts of over €90,000, and has had to close. The bar, also known as the Student Club, was one of the staples of university life; a popular meeting place within the sprawl of buildings that makes up the UCD complex in South County Dublin. A last-ditch attempt was made to save the Student Club, just before UCD broke up for the summer recess, but it was not to be and the bar is now closed. The Student Club, managed by both students and college staff had accumulated huge debts over the last number of years with the Students’ Union alone owing over €90,000. Initially, the employees were told the bar would close temporarily for the duration of the summer, to assess its financial situation. They were upset at how the situation was handled and were only given 2 days’ notice before the bar closed on 15th June last. All 9 full-time jobs have been lost.

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The Student Club opened its doors in the Significant work has started on DIT’s early 1970s and soon became Ireland’s Grangegorman campus following a busiest bar with the “highest beer turnover in Government announcement during the country”, according to Seamus Boylan, the summer pledging reaffirming their bar manager for 17 years. At that time, “we committment to the project. streaked and played pool while the bar turned Dr. Paul Horan, Head of Campus Planning over 150 kegs of beer per week”, Seamus for Dublin Institute of Technology stated that reminisced. there will be work done on the refurbishment Nevertheless, all is not lost. On the contrary, of some of the Victorian buildings on the site. a magnificent new €50m student centre will This will bring them into educational use be officially opened in UCD next month; it and renovate and refurbish some buildings has been named as Áras na Macléinn. that are no longer fit for purpose. It will contain a brand new student pub The President of D.I.T. Students Union, along with a sports and fitness facility. This David Keoghan, expressed his confidence comprises a ten-lane Olympic-sized 50 in the planning of Grangegorman. He stated metre pool with an adjustable floor, as well as that “We are on schedule, the chalk outline a state-of-the-art gym with over 150 pieces of has been approved…50 per cent of students cardiovascular and resistance equipment and and 70 per cent of development and planning a large weights area. Also there is a cinema, will be catered for by the year 2017.” a theatre, a dance studio, a newspaper office The new campus will be the largest and a radio station. investment in 3rd level education in the Rachel Breslin, President of the Student’s history of the state and will finally give D.I.T. Union in UCD said “I can see the incoming state-of-the-art facilities to accommodate the cohort of students having a wholly different thousands of dedicated students who already Belfield experience to any of the generations attend the college. before them.” Membership is openADVERT to the FINAL.pdf Keoghan said is the opinion of myself, COMPUTERFIX 1 “It 20/09/2012 12:04:37 public. Executives and student services that if

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the people will not experience the best in facilities available then they should not go ahead, we are not happy to just stand by”. He said “It is located in a socially disadvantaged area so it will definitely generate life.” In addition to providing core educational facilities for students of Art, Design and Social Sciences, the initial development will also include a library, a cafeteria, student support and recreation space. The sports grounds will be further enhanced, and will continue to be available to local schools and clubs, as well as to DIT sports clubs. The SU President said “Our main priority is the question ‘What do students need?’… Health and safety is a big issue here but we are aiming for people to say it is ‘class’, that is has been their best experience, far better than before. We will make sure that students are up there.” The Grangegorman Campus will include a flagship student centre, high quality accommodation for students, international standard sporting facilities, several social areas and premier academic facilities – all connected by numerous bus routes and the proposed new Luas line and situated in the heart of Dublin City.


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DIT Cl ub s i n formation and T imetable 2012-2013 Archery Mon 17:00 - 21:00 @ Belvedere Tues 17:00 - 19:00 Contact: Chris Murray T: 085 175 1205 E: ditarchery@gmail.com Athletics Tues 19:00 - 21:00 Donore Harriers Contact: Herbie McClelland T: 087 224 5507 E: athletics@dit.ie Badminton Mon 18:00 - 21:00 @ Larkin College Thurs 18:00 - 19:30 @ Belvedere College Contact: Jackie Killoch T: 086 107 2866 E: badminton@dit.ie Basketball (Mens College) Tues 18:00 - 19:30 @ Swan Leisure, Rathmines Thurs 18:00 - 19:30 Contact: Stephen James T: 086 307 7585 E: basketball@dit.ie Basketball (Ladies College) Tues 19:30 - 21:00 @ Swan Leisure, Rathmines Thurs 20:30 - 22:00 Contact: Ciara Flaherty T: 085 813 5157 E: basketball@dit.ie Basketball (Mens Club) Wed 19:00 - 21:00 @ Belvedere College Thurs 19:30 - 20:30 @ Swan Leisure, Rathmines Contact: Randall Mounts T: 087 216 6369 E: basketball@dit.ie Basketball (Ladies Club) Tues 19:00 - 21:00 @ Belvedere College Contact: Randall Mounts T: 087 216 6369 E: basketball@dit.ie Boxing Mon 20:00 - 21:30 @ DIT Kevin St - Sports Hall Thurs 19:00 - 21:00 @ Larkin College - Sports Hall Contact: Adam Bruton T: 085 106 6994 E: boxing@dit.ie Breakdance Wed 18:30 - 20:00 @ DIT Kevin St - Sports Hall Contact: Teri O’Boyle T: 085 708 9700 E: socsoffice@gmail.com Camogie www.ditgaa.ie - for details Contact: Carol Fitzpatrick T: 086 151 0025 E: camogie@dit.ie Canoe Mon 18:00 - 19:30 @ DIT Kevin St - Pool Wed 17:30 - 19:00 Contact: Hugh McNally T: 087 130 3834 E: canoe@dit.ie Caving Thurs 19:00 - 21:00 @ Larkin College Contact: Stephen Brandon T: 087 627 5737 E: caving@dit.ie Cricket www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: Herbie McClelland T: 087 224 5507 E: herbie.mcclelland@dit.ie Cycling www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: Kevin Coughlan T: 085 133 1104 E: cycling@dit.ie Dance (Hiphop/Street) Mon 18:30 - 20:00 @ Larkin College - Studio Wed 18:30 - 20:00 Contact: Teri O’Boyle T: 085 708 9700 E: socsoffice@gmail.com

Equestrian www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: Simon Darcy T: 087 3539229 E: equestrian@dit.ie Fit2Go (Gym, Pool, Classes) www.fit2goclub.ie - or see timetable on Fit2Go page GAA Football (Mens) www.ditgaa.ie - for details Contact: Darragh Biddlecombe T: 087 224 5508 E: gaamens@dit.ie GAA Football (Ladies) www.ditgaa.ie - for details Contact: Carol Fitzpatrick T: 086 151 0025 E: camogie@dit.ie GAA Football (Inter) www.ditgaa.ie - for details Contact: Stephen Hoary T: 085 735 0777 E: gaamens@dit.ie Golf www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: Eoin Dolan T: 087 670 0683 E: golf@dit.ie Handball Mon 19:00 - 22:00 @ Croke Park - Handball Alley Wed 19:00 - 22:00 Contact: Padraig Gaffney T: 086 859 9533 E: handball@dit.ie Hockey www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: Kyle Good T: 087 126 0177 E: hockey@dit.ie Hurling www.ditgaa.ie - for details Contact: Darragh Biddlecombe T: 087 224 5508 E: hurling@dit.ie Judo Tues 19:00 - 20:30 @ DIT Kevin St - Sports Hall Thurs 20:30 - 21:45 Contact: Paddy Lindstrom T: 086 878 4065 E: judo@dit.ie Karate Shotokan Mon 18:30 - 20:00 @ DIT Kevin St - Sports Hall Thurs 17:00 - 18:15 Contact: Stephen Murphy T: 085 146 3150 E: shotokan@dit.ie Karting www.ditkarting.com Contact: James Dalton T: 087 212 2451 E: karting@dit.ie Mountaineering Mon 19:00 - 21:00 @ Larkin College Tues 19:00 - 21:00 Contact: Andrej Gavrilov T: 085 234 5097 E: mountaineering@dit.ie Rowing www.ditsports.ie @ Commercial Rowing Club -Islandbridge Contact: Stephen Tyrell T: 086 892 1648 E: rowing@dit.ie Rugby (Mens) www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: Colm Roche T: 087 758 962 E: rugby@dit.ie Rugby (Ladies) www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: Colm Roche T: 087 758 962 E: rugby@dit.ie Rugby (Tag) www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: Colm Roche T: 087 758 962 E: rugby@dit.ie Sailing www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: Ben Malone T: 086 065 6595 E: sailing@dit.ie

Snooker & Pool Tues 18:00 - 21:00 @ DITSU - DIT Aungier St Contact: Emmet Doyle T: 087 274 7453 E: pool@dit.ie Snow Sports www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: Adam McGuigan T: 086 074 5394 E: ditsnowsports@gmail.com Soccer (Mens) Mon 18:00 - 20:00 @ Larkin College Contact: John O’Carroll T: 086 795 4371 E: soccer@dit.ie Soccer (Ladies) Tues 18:00 - 19:00 @ Larkin College Contact: John O’Carroll T: 086 795 4371 E: soccer@dit.ie Soccer (Futsal) Tues TBC Contact: John O’Carroll T: 086 795 4371 E: soccer@dit.ie Subaqua Wed 19:30 - 21:30 @ DIT Kevin St - Pool Fri 19:00 - 21:00 Contact: Matthew Kirby T: 085 124 1291 E: saubaqua@dit.ie Surf www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: James Dillon T: 087 684 9218 E: surf@dit.ie Swimming Mon 19:30 - 20:30 @ DIT Kevin St - Pool Contact: Fergal Walace T: 087 982 8820 E: swimpolo@dit.ie Table Tennis www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: Colm Gerety T: 086 261 8518 E: tabletennis@dit.ie Tae Kwon Do Tues 20:30 - 21:45 @ DIT Kevin St - Sports Hall Thurs 19:00 - 20:30 Contact: Brendan Dwyer T: 087 287 5728 E: taekwondo@dit.ie Triathalon www.ditsports.ie - for details Contact: Donal McGoldrick E: triathalon@dit.ie Ultimate Frisbee Mon 19:00 - 21:00 @ DIT Grangegorman Tues 17:30 - 20:00 @ Larkin College - Sports Hall Contact: Aoife Delaney T: 086 074 6628 E: ultimate@dit.ie Waterpolo Mon 19:30 - 21:00 @ DIT Kevin St - Pool Contact: Fergal Wallace T: 087 982 8820 E: swimpolo@dit.ie Volleyball Thurs 19:30 - 21:00 @ Belvedere College Contact: Caragh O’Buachalla T: 087 293 3442 E: volleyball@dit.ie Yoga Mon 13:00 - 14:00 @ DIT Bolton St - Room 293 Contact: Colm Gerety T: 086 261 8518 E: colm.gerety@dit.ie

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The battle for broadband By Aida Skirmantle

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inding accommodation is not the only obstacle students have to face in order to settle in for the student year. When it comes to choosing a suitable broadband and mobile phone deals, making the right decision may become simply overwhelming. Most students use mobile phones, so paying for landlines and bundles that include phone plans is simply unnecessary. This saves students quite a bit of money but it can also make getting access to broadband a little tricky. Now there is a good deal of broadband offers at the minute, and the way you choose the one most suited for you is by deciding what it is you want to get out of the broadband. That is, - what and how you are going to use it. If you are sharing accommodation with your friends, your best bet is to put money together and get UPC internet. It is quite fast (download speed up to 50Mb), and with the €39.00 p/m plan they also supply you with a free modem.

However, if you just want to get a mobile internet with a stick modem that you can bring with you anywhere you go, you would be crazy not to check the latest O2 pay as you go broadband offers. They are now offering students half price internet. There is a 9 month contract for €9.99 p/m with 15GB data allowance. This is particularly convenient for students, as most of the broadband contracts are for 12 months only. There is a good variety of great mobile phone offers. The relatively new 48 Go Conquer mobile network seems to be quite popular amongst students, as their €10 a month deal for all calls & all texts to all mobile networks is very tempting. The setup process may be quite problematic, but if the end result is saving up some money, then putting in a little effort will pay off in the end. If you are already a Vodafone customer, make sure to avail of the 40% free credit with every top-up until the end of September. O2 are also currently offering to double your credit for the next six months if you upgrade or join O2 until the 11th of November. You can still get free calls and texts to any network if you top up by €20 every month.

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Leap Travel By Andrew Donovan News Editor The Student Travelcard will be combined with the Leap Card says Public and Commuter Transport Minister Alan Kelly T.D. “This will make public transport more attractive to students. There is no additional charge for having a Leap card as part of your student travelcard and it can be used right across the public transport system within the Greater Dublin Area. It will give potentially 50,000 students or so easy access to all forms of public transport in Dublin. The Leap card is already being used by almost

130,000 people generating 7.3 million journeys. The student travelcard is another important addition to the ‘Leap’ products with more to come in the following months,” stated Minister Kelly. The Student Travelcard has become popular with students in recent years Travelcard users can use the card as an ID to buy special transport tickets and also avail of student discounts most famously the €5 BigMac meal. All Second and Third Level students are entitled to apply for a Travelcard. The card is available from Students Union offices and Youth Information Centres nationwide. Leap Card is easy to use and eliminates the need for correct change. Students can simply

top up their Student Travelcard at one of the over 400 Payzone outlets located in most shops as well as Luas and Irish Rail ticket machines and on-line. Student Travelcard holders can now benefit from discounted pay-as-you-go Leap Card fares of up to: 18% on DART and Commuter Rail 17% on the Luas 11% on Dublin Bus.

Broadband sticks don’t have as much data as landlines, but are a cheap option for students living along

Public and Commuter Transport Minister Alan Kelly T.D. (Right) at the launch of the new student leap card

Student Shopper

By Aislinn McCooey

This issue, the Student Shopper helps you get moved back into rented accomodation with the best deals around.

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oving into your own house for college can be great, freedom to do what you want when you want away from the prying eyes of your parents but you’ll also realise there’s so many basic things that you need just to keep your house in some form of order that you never even thought of the most important but least obvious (or maybe that was just for me) is toilet roll but you’ll also need washing up liquid, bleach toothpaste etc. . The cost of these things can really add up. So we have some tips for getting the most for less. Join in with your housemates, get a jar and each put in a certain amount each week (depending on how much you’ll be buying together). You’ll save money and there’ll be less waste (let’s face it no house needs six bottles of fairy liquid at one time)

Rob your parent’s house. Everyone’s mother has that press so full of cleaning products she couldn’t possibly keep track of it all, make a pact with the people you live with that you’ll all take something from home with you. (For pity’s sake please don’t try robbing something from a shop, it is still illegal) Do not and i repeat do not try and steal toilet paper from college, train stations or any other form of public building. For one thing most places don’t keep giant industrial sized rolls of the stuff anymore for exactly this reason. And let’s face it having individual squares of toilet paper fluttering out of your pockets as you run away is not a good look for anyone. Forget brand names, just because you recognise Fairy and Domestos doesn’t mean it’s the cheapest option. All supermarkets

do their own bargain version which work just as well. Sure it might lack the fancy packaging and the catchy slogans but do you realistically read them anyway? Get to know your local €2 shops, they’re everywhere these days. The one on St Stephen’s Green is particularly good. You’ll be surprised the range of cheap household cleaning products you can pick up. For cheap household furnishings like cushions, blankets (for those hangover days) and duvet covers and sheets try Penney’s. Markets are also a good option with ones taking place in Blackrock, Newmarket and in the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral. Go to Dealz easily the best place to get well pretty much everything. You can get everything from cans of coke to notepads. And for those of you who just can’t give up the name brand cleaners they also sell

Domestos bleach spray for €1.49. One of the best ways to brighten up your undoubtedly dark, damp dreary house is artwork you do yourself. You don’t have to be Picasso even print off colouring book pages and colour those in. Make an afternoon of it with your housemates. Pump up the music and just have the craic. Sure who doesn’t like colouring?! Don’t bring anything up to your house that you don’t want to lose. No matter how careful you are it will get A) broken B) covered with drink during one of your wild house parties C) Stolen D) all of the above.


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The times, they are a-changin

Editorial Team Editor-in-Chief Editor@edition.ie Jarlath Moloney Deputy Editor DeputyEd@edition.ie Barry Lennon News Editor News@edition.ie Andrew Donovan Lifestyle Editor Lifestyle@edition.ie Izzy O’Hara Culture Editor Culture@edition.ie Greg Synnott Sports Editor Sports@edition.ie Danielle Stephens President of News Society NewsSoc@DIT.ie Aislinn McCooey Sub Editors Hannah Tuthill Hogan Louisa McGrath Stephen Bourke

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Duck Norris confess all!!! Exposé Interview by Barr Lennon Deputy Editor

DIT Duck Norris, the newly found college mascot, discusses his origins with The Edition Deputy Editor Barry Lennon ‘I was hatched in a pond in Bolton Street. Life was tough. My siblings were eaten by seagulls’ DIT’s newly selected mascot makes a claim that few others can share; being born on campus. In conversation with the Edition, Duck Norris reveals why he returns to his place of hatching and the duck’s plans to bring the DIT community together.

“united I want us all to be in a common

goal to CRUSH TRINITY, UCD, UL, ANYBODY, ANY TIME WE MEET THEM ON THE PITCH!!

What did you do before becoming DIT’s mascot? Becoming the mascot is a dream job for me. I’ve been around the block a bit, and had numerous jobs - martial arts instructor; film extra; coal miner; professional dancer (mainly tango, but some interpretive dance) - but none of them felt quite right. A lot of my friends left the country and emigrated …every autumn… but then they came back every spring - I couldn’t see the point in that. More of a home bird myself. But when I saw the competition to be the DIT Mascot, I thought, this is your time, Duck Norris! This is your chance to egg-cel!

What attracted you to DIT? It was a home-coming for me. I was hatched in the pond in DIT Bolton Street. Life was tough. Most of my siblings were eaten by seagulls. I hate seagulls, man! We finally split and made our way to Stephen’s Green. But I always missed Bolton Street - the way people used to throw us cigarette butts, and we’d all get excited because we thought it was bread. That used to quack me up!

What do you hope to achieve as mascot for DIT? I want to bring the DIT community together, joined together with a common identity and a common purpose.

Duck Norris pictured with an Gardaí, out on patrol

I want us all to be united in a common goal to CRUSH TRINITY, UCD, UL, ANYBODY, ANY TIME WE MEET THEM ON THE PITCH!! I want to make sure that when DIT teams are playing a match, we have DIT students and staff out there supporting them. (Apparently some first years want to start up a cheerleading squad that’d be cool!)

Where can students see you? I hope to make it to all the big events - matches, intervarsities, ents events; fundraising events. You name it, I’d like to be there. If any Club or Society wants me to attend any event, they can talk to my agent in either the Sports Office or the Societies Office, and I’ll do my best to get there. I’m particularly fond, obviously, of water-based events - swimming, kayaking, sailing. When Duck Norris gets in the water, sharks hear the theme tune from Jaws!

How have you settled into the new job?

kind of fluffy, people think I’m soft and cute, and don’t realise just how tough I am. I shook hands with a pirate once - now he’s known as Captain Hook. The students keep coming up and hugging me, which is fine, keep doing it - but I’m dying to bring people out to a match / event and get them supporting the DIT teams.

Has the college provided you with an office/ nesting site? They’ve been good. Got myself a nice crib. I don’t want to reveal the location - paparazzi and all that!

Which is your favourite DIT campus? Ah now, I couldn’t pick one, they’re all great. But I have to say I like going up to Grangegorman. Wide open spaces, you can see the sky, you know what I mean?  All it needs is a little pond, and some students, and it would be perfect.

Yeah, it’s been great but strange. I guess because I’m

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Dublin housing debacle Finding a flat in Dublin for the new academic year can be a surreal expereience, but don’t lose hope too early James Kelly finds.

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uffering. Definition: Finding accommodation in Dublin. Until this year I never had a clear understanding of how truly difficult it can be to find somewhere to live in the city centre. Throughout the years of my undergrad I was able to jump in with someone who already had a flat or was lucky enough to have campus accommodation. For all those poor souls whose house-hunting woes I belittled, I am truly sorry. After being unceremoniously booted from my summer sublet at the start of August I retreated to the depths of the Irish countryside to detox from city life, but within days I was hounded by calls and emails from friends telling me that they had found houses or renewed leases. “Plenty of time left yet”, I reassured myself, “sure isn’t there still a recession on? I’ll find somewhere no bother.” Unbeknownst to me there was no time left and the Dublin rental market had become recession-proof. Ah, the naivety of youth. Doubts started to cloud my mind so I logged onto Daft to have a quick scope of rental scene. It was not a pretty sight. Lettings seemed to be made up exclusively of overpriced holes that could squeeze three people in, though only if they were standing. The only other option was for decent-sized flats that were still overpriced and located either in parts of town you wouldn’t want to walk home alone to or so far away from town that you have to fly in every day. These were the options that Daft presented to me. Looking for a three bed flat in the city centre that is reasonably priced and will take students? Sure you might as well ask for the winning Lotto ticket for the next eight weeks because you’re about as likely to get that.

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he journey continued hours were spent trawling through properties, refreshing the search page every few minutes in the vain hope that something, anything would appear before us. And soon our prayers were answered. A beautiful townhouse in the city centre came on the market and I jumped at the chance to view it. It was a palace, a home fit for Helen of Troy. Talks began in earnest amongst us about lazy Sunday barbeques and outrageous themed parties. The idea of getting a house pet was floated. It was the life of Reilly, but our bid was scuppered when a group offered to pay hundreds of euro more rent per month than us. What we thought was to be our oasis in the great Dublin desert turned out to be nothing more than a mirage. This incredulous turn of events left us on the defence, untrusting of all landlords, agents and property in general. The new phenomenon of outbidding others on rent made no sense to me and it wasn’t long before I was stung again by a similar move. The following week I was determined to beat Dublin, beat Daft and beat everyone else looking for accommodation: I would find a home for the year. Monday was upbeat, Tuesday productive, Wednesday was the day I became a seasoned viewer as I had a number of properties under my belt. On Thursday a great hope swelled up in my chest as I had two (two!) houses in my grasp, before quickly turning to despair on Friday when once again I was outbid on both. I had given Dublin my all and it was not enough. And so it was to the pub with me on Friday night to drown my sorrows before returning to the country with my tail between my legs. I awoke to the buzzing of my phone the next morning. “Hello, is this Mr Kelly? I’m just calling to confirm the viewing at 11 this morning?” Viewing? What viewing? In the back of my mind I remember making a safety appointment at the start of the week. “Yes, yes” I cried, “I’ll be there!” Stinking of drink and wearing last night’s clothes, I crawled to the viewing. It was perfect. There was no time to wait; I had been burned too many times before. Before the agent could show it to another soul my deposit was in her hand and the paperwork ready to be signed.

Stinking of drink and wearing last night’s clothes, I crawled to the viewing. It was perfect. There was no time to wait.

Viewing houses in Dublin can be a minefiled; closed complexes like this are a welcome find when they turn up

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may have landed on my feet but I know plenty of people still searching for a house and college has already started. All the complaints seem to be either that the landlord doesn’t want to take students or that they were outbid by another group. I was stung twice by greedy landlords pitting my group against another more able to pay just to increase the cost of rent. Landlords like this are effectively pricing students out of the city. Even beyond the immediate city centre, out towards Rathmines and Harold’s Cross, Glasnevin and Phibsboro students are getting the short end of the stick. Rent prices in Dublin have gone up on average 2% in the past year and I’m willing to bet it’s more in city centre locations. This is a bitter pill for many of us to swallow considering the fact that we’re paying more to register for college than students have in almost twenty years and the cost of living in Dublin is on the increase again. Those who would have bought pre-economic apocalypse are now renting and the ones who get squeezed out are the students. We’ll all find somewhere to live eventually. Despite what landlords might want, students can’t live on the streets nor can they shack up in hotels or hostels. Students will find accommodation, but it could well be more expensive than you wanted or further away from your college than you wanted. Not all landlords are cartoon villains stroking their moustaches, but those pricing students out of the city are depriving us of decent accommodation and Dublin of its lovely young scallywag students.

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Back to Basics: Skincare By Gillian Hopper Here are four skincare basics that no bathing beauty should be without! From season-to-season, they will see you through changing weather conditions, mysterious breakouts and the travails of your daily life,

Cleanser

To be blunt, facial wipes do not qualify as a cleanser! If you don’t know exactly you’re looking for in a cleanser, follow these basics: use a gel-based cleanser for oily skin as the gel helps absorb excess oil. Similarly, a cream based cleanser is best for nourishing dry skin. Picking the best product for your skin type is crucial to keep its pH level balanced.

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Your skin will thank you for it, and you will save a fortune on pricey moisturisers and other skin care products. Exfoliants help to accelerate skin cell renewal, clearing dead skin cells from the surface. Splurge on a good exfoliant -- small granules are best -- and a good cleanser, and you will notice a monumental difference after two weeks! For body exfoliation, the best time to scrub is after exercising, as skin cell rejuvenation is at its peak.

SPF, UVA, UVB? Suncream decoded UVA rays are responsible for skin cancer and ageing, while UVB rays are responsible for burns and wrinkles. Wondering why you are getting sun cream advice in September? UV rays are especially harmful in cloudy conditions since rays are strengthened due to the reflective nature of clouds -- so lather up, ladies of Dublin! Apply a minimum of Factor 30 to your face, hands and neck everyday in order to avoid the photoaging effects of the sun on our skin. Many of us lazily rely on our foundations, which offer “built in SPF” to see us through the day, but these alternatives generally reach highs of SPF15 and that just won't cut it! Apply an almond sized amount to your face daily and top up as necessary. If you dare to bare your legs, then you should apply a shot glass measure of cream.

Food

What’s your diet saying about you? You can scrub and scrub your skin, but it’s the grub you eat that will have the biggest impact on your skins appearance. Eat more: Vitamins A, C and E, nuts, whole grains, and anti oxidants. Top fruit and veg choices include oranges, blueberries, watermelon and spinach. Cut out: salt, fizzy drinks and white carbohydrates.

Men’s Quarter

Chinos! Chinos! Chinos! The Men’s Quarter: where men come for fashion tips for the weeks ahead. This issue, Izzy O’Hara discusses the finer points of jeans and chinos

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hoosing what to wear in the mornings is a first world problem to which we can all relate. For those out there glued to the tabloids and shows like Project Runway, they now have critiquing celebrity’s outfits down to an art form. For guys, there is a fine line between wearing something fashionable and getting it completely wrong. First things first, have a look in your wardrobe and anything with tattered, stained or ripped should be put in the bin. Spend a few hours shopping after college one day to get a few outfits you can rotate throughout the year. Even though you’re a guy, girls still notice when you’ve worn those sweat pants four days in a row, so don’t be lazy (or dirty) and add to your wardrobe. One fashion trend that doesn’t look like it’s going away is chinos. They come in a variety of colours from beige to the colour of the season: burgundy. Topman do a great pair and if a skinny fit isn’t your thing, you can get regular ‘casual’ fit trousers. Brands like Hollister or Ralph Lauren don’t automatically equal fashionable, so go for something that fits well and suits your shape rather than buying into a brand. Shops like Pennys and Next do a cheaper variation. Regardless of your style preference, a pair of dark denim jeans are a must have

for every guy. They can be dressed up or down and suit a lot of occasions. If budget is not a problem Tommy Hilfiger do nice ones otherwise Highstreet shops like Jack & Jones and River Island have a large selection of styles. A few plain t-shirts are always useful and are cheap to buy. If girls can make an effort to get dressed up for a night out- you can too. A shirt isn’t too much effort and hey it’s a nice change from your normal casual get up. So far you have a few staples for your wardrobe that will get you by, if you’re a bit more daring opt for a smart polo teamed with a crew neck jumper. Think Zac Efron. You may not like his films but his casual, stylish fashion sense is near faultless. Contrary to popular belief dressing well is not a minefield and only requires buying a few decent things for your wardrobe; and don’t be afraid to suit up every so often! Topman Burgundy Chinos from €36 Tommy Hilfiger Mercer Dark Jeans from €90

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LIFESTYLE Out & About...

By Izzy O’Hara, Lifestyle Editor

... Freshers’ Week on Mountjoy Sq and Cathal Brugha St Starting college and meeting new people is all about first impressions, so what better way to introduce yourself to your college peers than by dressing to impress! Still in leaving cert mode, some college goers put comfort first; going with trackies and hoodies while others wanting to look their best opt for a more “put together” outfit and hey, why not - who said dressing up was only for special occasions? Keep in mind, if you were out the night before, dressing well the following day is a not expected as long as you make it into college you’ll be doing well! After walking around Mountjoy Sq. and Cathal Brugha St., it was clear there was certainly an eclectic mix of styles this year. Lifestyle got a few snaps of some college fashionistas on their way to class for this issue’s Out & About...

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Who? Philip Mc Cartney, 21 Where? First Year Visual Communications, Mountjoy Square.

Who? Hilary Clear, 19 Where? First Year Culinary Arts, Cathal Brugha Street

Who? Andrew Lee, 22 Where? First Year Culinary Arts, Cathal Brugha Street.

What? Top and Cardigan- Topshop Jeans and pumps- River Island

What? Trainers- Vans Top- Iron Fist Bag- Attigus

Who? Cat Murray, 21 Where?First Year Visual Communications, Mountjoy Square

What? Sunglasses, Coat and bag- River Island Chinos- Topman Trainers- Schuh Why? “For my first week or lectures, I wanted to go for something casual yet stylish” Philip describes his style as equestrian chic with a nod to 1980s fashion. He likes to mix vintage with high street. He likes funky accessories and deems Zach Efron as his style inspiration.

Why? Going for a laid back boho day look Hilary describes her overall style inspiration as the ultra glam Kim Kardashian.

Why? Andrew goes for a relaxed skater attire and opts for brands like Vans as they are not too flashy but still comfortable.

What? Top- Attitude.co.uk Shorts, cardigan, leggings and hat- Pennys Coat- New Look Trainers- Schuh Why? Cat opts for a post 90s grunge style and cites Kat Von D’s edgy look as one of her fashion inspirations.


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Hard Working festival By Greg Synnott Culture Editor

Hard Working Class Heroes is in it’s 10th year and is taking place from October 4th to the 6th. A fantastic showcase of new live music from Ireland, HWCH is full of other music sideshows and roundabouts to be announced. Because it’s HWCH’s 10th birthday, the loose theme for the convention will be  “10 years on, what have we learned?”  It’s been an eventful decade for all of those involved in the music business home and away and it’s time to find out what we have learned from all those ups and downs, and especially from the conversations, panels and workshops held at HWCH over the last couple of years. There are two things that make up the HWCH convention. First off, there are the panels, which will see the likes of band managers, agents, branding experts and other such music related folk talking about what they have learned and what they are still finding out, possibly even discussing what they hope to find out about the music industry. What will be interesting to note is how they see the industry changing and their projections for the future of such things as Hard Working Class Heroes. Secondly we have the Bandtips, a series of informal conversations with bloggers, radio hosts and festival bookers etc chatting about the do’s a don’ts of for bands at any stage of their career. Even if you’re not musically inclined or considering dropping everything and going into a musical based career, it will be interesting to see the opinions of the

“professionals” on what they think bands are doing right and wrong right now. The line over the three days is vast and full of some of Ireland’s most promising up and coming acts from Bouts to Croupier, Jogging to Slow Skies. Many of these acts have new material to showcase and a point to prove, that Ireland is bustling with new music, and even in this wave of sound, there are a lot of fantastic acts still worth finding out about.

Slow Skies

The Full Band Line-Up: A Dark Horse A Lazarous Soul Aisling Quinn Autumn Owls Benny Smiles Biggles Flys Again Bouts Carried By Waves Cfit CLU Cocophone Come On Live Long Conor Mason Croupier Daithi Deaf Joe Dogs Dott Dylan Tighe Eatenbybears Elaine Mai Electric Penguins EleventyFour Familiar Creatures Faws Forrests

Frank B Frankenstein Bolts Futures Apart Gavin James Ghost Estates Ghosts Ginnels Girl Band Grand Pocket Orchestra Groom Hello Moon Heritage Centre Hudson Taylor Hush War Cry The Monster Hero Inni-K Jogging Junah KaraKara Kid Karate Kool Thing La Faro Lamont/Bailey/Wall Land Lovers Last Days of 1984

Le Galaxie Leanne Harte Lemonada Lisa O Neill Little Bear Low Sea Moo! Nanu Nanu Niamh Regan Nouveaunoise Owensie Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes PolyDROID Red Sail Reid Replete Sans Chateaux September Girls Sertone Ships Si Schroeder Simon Bird Skelocrats Sleep Thieves Slow Skies

Spies Steve McEvoy Sweet Jane Tandem Felix Temper-Mental Misselayneous The Alice Kona Band The Animators The Casanova Wave The Depravations The Dirty 9s The Gorgeous Colours The Mighty Stef The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock The Strypes Twin Terrace Water Cycle White Collar Boy Wiltz Young Wonder

Fringe Festival Filibusters

Beacon Album Review

Artist: Two Door Cinema Club

By Diarmaid Murray Since the release of their debut album ‘Tourist History’ in March 2010, County Down trio Two Door Cinema Club have become renowned leading lights in the indie math-pop scene. With the release of ‘Beacon’, as there is with the release of any band’s second album, there was a great deal of anticipation as to whether Alex Trimble and his cohorts could deliver again. The answer is ultimately yes, but ‘Beacon’ is a very different album to ‘Tourist History’ in one fundamental way. While the angular riffs, driving rhythms and intricate bass lines remain central to the song writing, the most notable change comes in Trimble’s lyrics. While Trimble’s lyrics here are just as optimistic as they were in ‘Tourist’, they have a much deeper emotional depth and ambiguity to them. As opposed to the relative straightforwardness of songs such as ‘Something Good Can Work’ and ‘I Can Talk’, songs such as ‘Next Year’, and ‘Sun’ leave a little bit more to the imagination.

“Maybe someday, you’ll be somewhere, talking to me, as if you knew me” (Next Year), and “If I don’t know, the wind will carry me, so just hold tight” (Sun). While there has been an audible progression in the lyrics, there hasn’t been much of a change in the stylistics of the band’s instrumentation. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing however; Two Door’s distinctive brand of indie-pop has been anything but unsuccessful. Like on ‘Tourist…’ there is still a very strong influence of electronica within the band’s sound. In keeping with the more emotional tone of ‘Beacon’, keyboards and softer synths have a very strong presence throughout the album also. In short, ‘Beacon’ does not disappoint. It’s an album that does not alienate returning fans but also has enough subtle musical differences to keep a listeners interest alive. The mix between the indie-disco anthems and more mellow tracks could be seen as slightly off-putting. However, considering this is only the band’s second album of course experimentation is to be expected. Much more sophisticated and streamlined, with a greater sense of lyrical confidence and musical swagger, ‘Beacon’ shows us that Two Door Cinema Club know exactly where they want to take their sound; and wherever that may be, it sounds pretty good from here.

Kingdom Album Review

Sara Dalton catches up with a fringe play production and discusses the inner workings of making it as a stage performer

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ith Dublin Fringe Festival in full swing I got talking to the seven members of the Filibusters Company about their production ‘All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Shandango’ which showed in the Little Green Street Gallery in mid-September. For those who aren’t familiar with Fringe, it is an annual festival which allows artists of drama, music and dance to showcase their talents in events around the city. It gives unconventional acts, who grind on the margins - fringes - of their field, an opportunity to run with their innovations. With 65 acts and 300 performances squeezed into their 20 day programme. Of the seven members of Filibusters, most of them are students of English or Drama in Trinity College or UCD. The three in charge are Keith Monaghan (21), Joseph Ryan (18) and Leah Minto (21). They spent their summer holding auditions, writing original screenplays, and rehearsing. The show involved them attempting to perform 30 short acts in 60 minutes. Their audience were required to pick and choose from a ‘Menu’ of their acts and a washing line hung across the stage with 30 numbered pages dangling from it ready to be ripped off and rolled into action.

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themes such as romance, personal struggle and humour.

“Audience participation is central to our idea,” said Keith, “it was a great experience for us as it forced us to be more prolific in our writing.” Leah piped in, “yeah, our plays span a lot of forms from monologue to musical to the typical “play plays,” she laughed. “Since the audience choose the sequence we perform in there’s no definite arc to our show,” Leah continued. “In a sense, it is also about what happens when you put film on stage. The modern audience is used to being entertained at the drop of a hat. Sitting in front of the TV with a remote they can flick between channels and our show gives them a variant of that.” “We don’t stick vehemently to one idea, we offer glimpses to themes such as romance, personal struggle and humour. It is hard to predict what they will feel and every person could come away with something different. In that respect, I’d imagine it would be a difficult show to review as well.” Keith said the highlight of his participation lay in the reaction of the audience. “The 30 shows had only ever been seen by the ensemble, so by performing in public the reactions relieved a lot of cabin fever as so much repetitive work in rehearsals naturally led to desensitization”.

Artist: Heathers

By Saoirse Ivory Dublin twins Ellie and Louise McNamara - aka Heathers - first grabbed our attention with their addictive debut single ‘Remember When’, and kept it with their acoustic guitar hooks and raw, powerful harmonies during live performances. Their simple yet captivating debut album ‘Here, Not There’ gained them well-deserved respect from fans and critics alike, and they now step into new territory with their bold new album ‘Kingdom’. The record begins with the radioworthy  ‘Circular Road’,  a catchy pop tune and a good indicator for what’s to come.  With the help of producer Max Dingle, Heathers have bulked up their sound considerably adding pianos, violins, heavy drum beats and

electronics. The result of this process  is a record that is at its best catchy and fun, and at its worst overproduced and repetitive.   In spite of a few great tracks (their current single ‘Forget Me Knots’ being one), too much of this album sounds like lacklustre filler. It seems like they’ve put their outstanding raw vocals and clever lyrics, the elements that made them so likeable in the first place, on the backburner in favour of experimentation with a cleaner, safer sound. There are exceptions: Once you get past the Gaga-esque intro to ‘Gather Up’, it develops into one of the stronger tracks, a pounding drum beat chanting lyrics creating some atmosphere in an album seriously lacking. In piano-heavy ballad ‘We Burn Bridges’, the vocals are given priority, creating a track that is both emotive and genuine. ‘Kingdom’ is definitely a departure from what we’ve heard from these girls before. While I like the fact that they’ve adapted and matured in the interval, it feels like something has been lost along the way.  


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CULTURE Music Interview & Review

Croupier

Interview & Review By Greg Synnott, Culture editor at gigs which is really cool. Watching a load of strangers singing your songs is amazing (or fans as i believe they’re called).We have been getting a lot of great reviews, in fact all good so far. Although there was one guy at a gig in Galway who told us we were the "worst f***ing band ever" during sound check and he looked pretty upset but i think he had just been broken up with by his girlfriend.”

What was it like playing Electric Picnic this year? “This was my 7th year at electric picnic and without a doubt the best yet. Not only for the particularly brilliant line up as a bonus for what the festival has to offer, but we got to be a part of it this year, for the first time and actually for our first ever festival. It was also the first year our friends "enemies" and "the raglans" were playing so over half our group were performing which was a lot of fun. The "earthship stage" which we played on was really cool, it was outdoors as you can imagine (which was another new experience for us)at the body and soul area and it was around lunch time on the Saturday. The sun was absolutely beating down so a lot of people were out and about and came over to check us out and we got a really good reception from what felt like a big crowd. The rest of our day was taken up with interviews and photo shoots and we met some cool bands and people along the way. Unbelievable weekend all round.”

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harlie of Croupier recently released their debut album. Greg Synnott talks to Charlie of Croupier about the reaction to their work

The new album is really ambitious and quite unique in many ways, what was the main inspiration or drive behind it? “It’s very difficult to pin it down to any main influence, our friends at the Richter collective have been a big inspiration and in many ways also influenced us there is no doubt about that. Everything we have been doing as a band has been leading up to the sound that the new album has, from our first demo under the name of "trains" to the EP we released 2 years ago under the name "we, the system". We never really felt we got it right until now and i think you can tell

that with this album as opposed to earlier recordings we really finally connected as a band. Before, there were so many different ideas of what kind of band we were/wanted to be but i think we’re all on the same page now. If I had to state some obvious influences: foals, Radiohead, the cast of cheers.”

So how have Croupier been found the public’s reaction to their debut album? “It’s quite overwhelming to be honest, familiar faces are starting to disappear amongst bigger crowds of unfamiliar faces

Do you have a preference for smaller gigs or would you be glad to play bigger shows like Electric picnic? We have been doing the small gig thing for a while now and it does get tiring. Mainly as we don’t all fion stage too easy and since we had a taste of the roomier stage we loved it. But not to take away from gigging in small local venues, it’s all we have ever known and we love it, but the dream is to be playing on the big stage naturally.

What are you plans for touring the new album? We are in the middle of putting an Irish tour together at the moment between midOctober to mid- November, hoping to finish

Croupier Album Review

Artist: Croupier

Croupier’s debut album has come out of the woodwork to rave reviews and this one is no different. I have no problem in saying this will be another one for the lads to pin to their fridges. The buzz built earlier in August around the bands single ‘Creo Beast’ and was only a sample of what was to come. The album greets you with a torrent of multi layered melodic energy unlike any band around right now. It’s experimental, and I rarely use that

in use that term in the good sense but this album is made up the boys own three self proclaimed terms that describe it perfectly, “energetic, melodic and purposeful”. The albums opening track ‘The Crooper’ comes across as frantic but not other track could introduce the album so well with the rapid change of pace accompanied by intervening quieter moments, or at least as quiet as Croupier are willing to be. The debut is bursting at the seams with youthful energy, that of a band hoping to have as many people hear them as possible, but that is not to say that Croupiers sound is youthful or by any means reeking of an amateur sound. Theirs is the sound of men who have been

unnervingly giving their instruments their all for a period unknown to any of us, a band so well adept at what they do that it is clear that feel more than comfortable going outside of your usual parameters and trying something completely new. I would not hesitate to say that this album may be my album of the year, a long call when there is still a few months left in the year but with tracks as strong as ‘Creo Beast’ and ‘It’s Not the TV’ Croupier are well set to make a name for themselves. The Wicklow based band are more than an intriguing addition to Ireland’s burgeoning, guitar scene. This is not the beginning for the lads, but it’s certainly not the end. Pick up ‘Croupier’ now, you won’t regret it.

Croupier’s self-titled debut album is available to buy now

with a big end of year Dublin show. Dates to be confirmed. Then at the beginning of next year planning to tour the UK and Europe if all goes well.

What was your reaction to Nialler9 saying your music is driven by more than an “unswerving masturbatory love” of your instruments? “Nialler 9 said some great things about the album which meant a lot. The fact that he reviewed it at all was great because he’s the main man and it’s good to be recognised like that.”

Do you guys have any sort of pre gig ritual? “If we could have it our way there would be a boojum next to every venue we play in.Generally if we are playing in town, after soundcheck the 5 of us head to boojum for an hour or so, check if boojum girl is working thats allways a bonus,have a massive burrito and a sol and chill out for a little while. good times.”

What’s next on the agenda for Croupier? “We have finally started writing again now that we have a couple of weeks off since all the album hype. We haven’t written since last November when we put down the last few tracks on the album. I was away in Canada snowboarding and harry was in Madrid teaching English until just before we released the album this summer. Lots of new musical influences bursting to get out of us all this time and finally we have the time to and its really exciting.Also really looking forward to playing Hardworking class heroes for the first time which is the next thing on the agenda between now and the tour, especially because of our slot, we are the last act before le galaxie on the night (safe to say were all big fans having lorded it on the saturday night of both castlepalooza and electric picnic).We are playing on the outdoor stage in meeting house square at 10.40 pm on friday the 5th of october, going to be a great few days, cannot wait.”


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CULTURE Movie of the Moment

LAWLESS

Gary Oldman owns a few key scences but is left out of much of the festivities Tom Hardy chews up the scenery [far left]

Run Time 115 mins

By Andrew Donovan News Editor

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or all who have tired of imitating Bane’s voice then Tom Hardy’s new character should provide plenty of vocal chord exercise for all mimics out there. The camp irony of Bane has been replace with the guttural grunts of Forrest Bondurant; the middle brother of three orphans, lauded as immortal, who run moonshine in the wettest county in the world, Franklin, Virginia. The boys’ operation is threatened by the arrival of Deputy Rakes, played with smirking violence and repressed sexual energy by Guy Pearce. Rakes’ and his shaved eyebrows plan to “make life real difficult for you boys if you don’t tow the line.” However these boys don’t lay down for nobody as they begin a bloody splatteringly violent war against the corrupt arm of the law.

Shia LeBeouf in a star making performance’ plucks up the courage to ask Mia Wasikowska for some orange soda

Chicago plays the role of the big city beyond the hills where all this moonshine ends up Rakes’ is from there as is the part matronly and part sexy Jessica Chastain who arrives to take care of the Bondurant boys’s station house. The lights of the big city gleam in the eye of the youngest Bondurant boy Shia LaBeouf who longs to prove his manliness alongside his brothers. Fast cars, money and women are also on his mind with one woman in particular standing out. She is naturally the preachers daughter, played with significant coyness by Alice in Wonderland break-star, Mia Wasikowska. LaBeouf delivers his best performance to date as the almost, but not quite, Bondurant brother. At the beginning of the film we see him as a child with a shotgun in his hand tormenting himself over whether or not to shoot a pig, his brothers goad him but he just can’t bring himself to do it. His mettle is tested throughout. LaBeouf and Pearce both deserve honourable mentions but this is Tom Hardy’s film. He casts a shadow as both an indestructible force of nature and a father figure for his brothers. His ultra-seriousness also provides many moments of much needed comic relief. As his irresistible force meets Guy Pearce’s immovable object sparks fly and this film becomes more than just the sum of its parts.

Cast Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) Shia LeBeouf (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) Guy Pearce (Prometheus) Jessica Chastain (Take Shelter) Mia Wasikowski (Albert Nobbs) Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises)

Trivia LeBeouf knocked hard-man Hardy with a lucky punch after a disagreement between the two stars. Hardy he says he just got lucky... The Edition wouldn’t like to have Bane, Bronson and Tommy Riordan mad at us

Tom Hardy as the first movie tough guy to sport a cardigan

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Great expectations for Irish provinces By Darragh Mowlds

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It was inevitable, given the standard the Irish soccer team has reached in recent years, that people would look for somewhere else to turn. Rugby has provided us with that outlet, because to put it simply, we are rather good at it. Fans can seriously expect big things from their teams this year and this is the second year that all four provinces will appear in the Heineken Cup.

What can we expect this season? Leinster Leinster’s third Heineken Cup success proved them to be one of the best sides of all time, can they continue this success? Despite their opening game defeat to Scarlets they have gone on to win their next two games. Expect another big year from Leinster with plenty of young starlets breaking through into the team.

Munster The two-time Heineken Cup winners will want to improve on what was a disappointing season last year. Despite success in their opening two games, a narrow defeat to Ulster will be disheartening for Munster especially considering their huge match against Leinster coming up on October 6th in the Aviva Stadium. I fear there could be more disappointment coming from Thomond Park this year. Their go-to players are Paul O’Connell and Ronan O’Gara, who are winding down their careers

Leinster (pictured celebrating their Heiken Cup victory in May) can expect another big year with plenty of starlets breaking into the team

and are not the players they once were.

Ulster Show me a man who thought Ulster would make it all the way to the Heineken Cup final last year and I will show you a liar. It has been a perfect start for Ulster this year including an exciting victory over Munster. These are all good omens for a successful year. The return of their prodigal son Tommy Bowe is a massive boost for a side you that have to consider as title challengers

Thrilling start to Premiership By James Hopper Players will be hard pushed to improve on last season’s dramatic title finale, but so far this season we have not been disappointed with regard to excitement. The season’s early pace setters come as no surprise, the usual suspects of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City occupying the coveted top four. Arsenal have arguably been the season’s stand out team so far, with the goals now flowing, after an initial barren spell following the departure of Robin Van Persie. This season’s surprise packages have come in the form of West Brom, Swansea and perhaps less so, Everton. Two managers getting their first taste of Premier League action, Steve Clarke of West Brom and Michael Laudrup of Swansea, find their respective teams in the lofty positions of sixth and fifth position. While David Moyes’ Everton side, which are notoriously slow starters, have finally began a season in the right manner, winning two of their first four games. Three of the biggest spenders in this summer’s transfer window; Liverpool, Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham, have struggled to find their feet, with a host of new faces trying to settle all at once.

Gillick back on track

Liverpool have yet to find their first win under Brendan Rogers, with the Ulster man trying to implement a new style of play from previous manager Kenny Dalglish. QPR having signed eleven players, currently languish in the relegation zone following a sticky start. However, Mark Hughes’ side have come up against established forces such as Manchester City and Chelsea. André Villas Boas’ reign at Tottenham has also not begun in the most impressive fashion. Two points from his first three games, including disappointing home draws against West Brom and Norwich, did not do the Portuguese any favours in winning over sceptical Spurs fans. However, the sides last showing away to Reading, could provide hope for those fearing the worst, as his side looked fluid and threatening. Robin Van Persie and Eden Hazard were the two big name transfers of the summer along with Luka Modric, who left Spurs for Real Madrid. Van Persie and Hazard have both enjoyed dream starts to their careers at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge, with the pair sharing five goals and six assists after only four games played. With no side collecting maximum points, this season could prove the most competitive and fascinating Premier League season to date. Here’s hoping!

this time around. The recent tragic death of young star Nevin Spence will obviously have a lasting psychological effect on the team but hopefully they will be able to come together as a team to get through this hard time.

Connacht As much as I admire Connacht, they are really the 4th Irish team. However they have progressed so much in recent years that this season will be their second in the

Heineken Cup. Their sole Heineken Cup victory last year came against Harlequins and they will hope to build on that this season. This season looks like it will be another exciting year for Irish rugby; we may be seeing a changing of the guard with several senior players coming towards the end of their careers. This will hopefully allow several younger players into the first team set-up which will tell us how the future of Irish rugby looks, I for one am very optimistic.

The track star pointed out that after a miserable year studying Science in UCD he enjoyed the smaller classes and the close relationship between students and lecturers in DIT. “I felt that I could learn more because I wasn’t afraid to throw the hand up and ask stupid questions.” He enjoyed his college life, particularly events like the Mystery Tours and the nights out after Intervarsity meetings. The easy-going atmosphere is one of the aspects that he remembers most about the Institute. “I felt that you went in in the morning and you were laughing in DIT.” Gillick would relish the prospect of getting back into sport at a high level. He believes that there is a vast amount of talent in this country but that the correct systems aren’t in place to keep people in their respective sports. “In athletics for example, we produce great juniors but we never seem to bring them right through. I’d like to nurture talent and bring it to an elite level.” At times, he admits, he was crying out for someone to give him direction. Although he received back up from Athletics Ireland and the Sports Council, he feels he needed someone to sit him down and show him his opportunities. In recognising the newfound health buzz that is spreading across Ireland, Gillick wants to bring all aspects of good training under one “performance umbrella” and maybe go to schools or corporations and give some of that knowledge back. For now though, the 400 metre pro is focusing on getting himself back to his best on the track. And who knows - Rio isn’t that far away.

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Trap Attack By Cathal Kearney Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland attempted to exorcise the demons of their disappointing Euro 2012 campaign with a strong start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, but they almost suffered a potential banana skin in their opening game against lowly Kazakhstan. With many still riding the crest of the Olympic wave, football is not yet back in vogue, and the Irish team certainly did little to continue the summer’s feel-good factor – in fact, they brought it all to a shuddering halt. Wholesale changes were called for in the wake of the Poland/ Ukraine debacle, and Trapattoni responded with both an unusual and uninspiring team selection for the World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan in Astana. With Kevin Doyle left picking splinters on the bench and Simon Cox pushed back into a midfield role, Ireland looked desperately out of sorts in what was a tepid and sluggish match from start to finish. On paper, this match should’ve been won before it had begun yet they fell behind to a Kairat Nurdauletov strike just before half time. Captain Robbie Keane bagged an equaliser right at the death, before substitute Kevin Doyle snatched a supremely-timed sucker punch with the final kick of the game – an undeserved three points which spared his side’s blushes.

Calls for Trapattoni’s head were becoming deafening until a friendly with Oman at Fulham’s Craven Cottage four days later, where a new hero emerged in the shape of Manchester United youngster Robbie Brady. The versatile winger, who in the same week had became top scorer for Noel King’s Under – 21 side, scored and provided two assists in the 4 -1 victory. Despite the inferior opposition, it was an encouraging performance from not only Brady but fellow debutants David Meyler and defender Alex Pearce, who also enjoyed a goal-scoring debut. This injection of fresh legs, of young players eager to cement their places in the senior set-up, will not only provide competition to players who for too long have been resting on their laurels, but will also buy Trapattoni more time as he attempts to steady the Irish ship against so many waves of criticism. Next month sees the “Boys In Green” welcome heavyweights and group favourites Germany to the Aviva Stadium, a gargantuan task for Trap’s side. Die Mannschaft represent a perfect example of how Trap wants Ireland to play; defensive discipline, an industrious and deep- lying midfield duo, and hard- working forwards. Beware Trap; Joachim Low’s side have a point to prove after faltering at the semi- finals of the Euros, and will turn up to the game a dangerous and wounded animal.

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Cats v Tribesmen: Round 2 Kilkenny 0-19, Galway 2-13: In a day of high drama and edge of your seat suspense, Galway’s Joe Canning secured the first All-Ireland hurling final replay in 53 years. Reigning champions Kilkenny and the Galway tribesmen battled until the final whistle to produce an outcome which very few would have anticipated and history was witnessed in the shape of the first drawn final since 1959. September 30th is the date set for the replay but the question now is which team will come out on top? It is hard to look past Cody’s side and the fire and drive they shown to pull themselves back into a game which was quickly slipping away. But, Galway now know what it is like to play in an All-Ireland final, something they did not know until 3.30pmon Sunday the 9th of September. The nerves in your stomach, the bus to Croke Park and the pride of playing in the biggest game of the hurling year is something when experienced is hard to forget and Anthony Cunningham’s side certainly have the hunger to go all the way. Cat’s manager Brian Cody said “there has to be more in the team, to win the game we are going to have to look for more”. Speaking in the dressing room after the match Cody added “we are going to have to play better than we played today”.

Cody’s words showed his disappointment and Cunningham was definitely the happier manager when referee Barry Kelly blew the final whistle. As Cunningham will be pleased at getting another bite at the Galway cherry, the greater pleasure will be derived from their survival. Galway proved their display in the Leinster final was not a once off and that Kilkenny can be challenged on any day, but the Leinster final was never a true reflection of where either team was at – this drawn final is much more accurate. Gate receipts are close to €5 million for All-Ireland finals, so even with a ticket price reduction, the GAA are still in for a huge windfall and Joe Canning is the man to thank for that. Unlike the Kilkenny-Tipperary semi-final this was a real game of hurling and we can certainly look forward to another great clash in three weeks where all will be and most be decided. The big question will be answered… will the Liam McCarthy be travelling West to join the Leinster Cup or will it be taking its more well know route back to the Marble City… one thing is for sure whichever team takes the Cup will have put up one hell of a fight for it. The All Ireland Senior Hurling Replay will take place in Croke Park on Sunday 30 September.

Photo: Kilkenny County Board

By Jennifer McDonald

Kilkenny team line out before throw in at the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on 9 September 2012

US to play it long DIT students go head-tohead in Football All Ireland at Ryder Cup

By Josephine Gallagher This Sunday history will be made as Donegal and Mayo go head to head in theAll-Irelands football final. This is the first time since 1948 a county from Connacht and Ulster have both reached the All-Irelands finals. Both teams have worked extremely hard to secure their place with Donegal beating Cork and Mayo triumphing over Dublin in the semi-finals. Colm McFadden the left full-forward player for Donegal believes that the Donegal squad has definitely upped their game this year, “I feel we have developed our attacking game a lot and it has also given us the extra time needed to develop under Jim.” It’s been 20 years since Donegal last succeeded to the All- Ireland finals winning against Dublin in 1992 and Colm McFadden is confident this is Donegal’s year. “Its time to bring Sam back to Donegal again,” said McFadden. The 29 year old Donegal man recently

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won Ulster player of the year along with 11 other Donegal team members winning Ulster all star players. The 6ft 2” forward from Dunfanaghy also believes that Mayo have certainly earned their place in the finals. “Mayo are one of longest surviving teams in division one and have been in a number of All Ireland Finals, so it is no surprise they are in the final,” he said. McFadden is preparing himself for the match on Sunday and is fully aware of the challenge ahead: “Mayo are playing a different brand of football that suites the players they have and are putting up big scores against the best teams in the process”. Barry Moran the midfielder for Mayo says the Mayo squad’s hard work and determination is responsible for their success in reaching the finals. “We are a hard working team and James Horan has been pushing us this year and we were also pushing ourselves that bit more as well”. The Mayo midfielder from Castlebar with

a Masters degree in accountancy in DIT is fully aware of the Donegal team’s strengths he will be faced with on Sunday. “Donegal’s counter- attacking is their strongest point. Their strength, pace and intensity are things to look out for.” The 26 year old midfielder has had has had a series of injuries in the past from hamstrings to broken bones in his hand however is in full form for the match on Sunday against Donegal. The former DIT student is confident the Mayo squad are prepared for the All- Ireland finals against their Ulster rivals and believe after 61 years it is Mayo’s turn to bring home the Sam cup. “There’s no point going into the finals not thinking we could win it but it will be tough. We have to have confidence in ourselves though.” The match will kick off on Sunday as the two Westies go head to head in the AllIreland’s finals.

Following on from the gripping finish at Celtic Manor two years ago the 2012 edition of the Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club has plenty to live up to. On paper,w this year’s tournament should have no trouble in that feat, with both teams boasting numerous; and more importantly recent major winners. Similar just like two years ago both teams are led by two passionate captains, both with winning pedigrees in the tournament, home captain Davis Love III and Europe’s captain Jose Maria Olazabal. Contrary to 2010 USA would have to be considered favourites in this year’s tournament due to home advantage and also taking into account the strong individual performances by members of their team throughout the year. Despite this Europe have every reason to be optimistic as a strong end to the year mainly from world no.1 Rory McIlroy would suggest they are peaking at the right time. The decisions and tactics employed by the captains have always played a key role in determining the outcome, such as how they pair up members of their teams. Historically, Europe has the stronger record in the paired events such as four balls and foursomes and the Americans tend to be stronger in the singles format. This was evident in the 2010 edition where Europe was almost overhauled on the final day having had a substantial lead. The role of the captain and where he picks his players to play cannot be underestimated, it is important that they appreciate players who are exceptional individuals don’t always perform in a team environment. Perhaps the greatest example of this is Tiger Woods who throughout his career more often than not has led qualifying for team USA, but has a horrible record in the tournament itself.

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By Jack Maher

Rory McIllroy during a break in play in the 94th PGA Championship, South Carolina, USA, last August

The example of Tiger Woods illustrates the mistakes American captains have made during his tenure in the Ryder Cup. Perhaps the greatest example of this poor management was the pairing of Woods and Phil Mickelson in 2004 despite the fact the openly disliked each other. Another tactic that will be at play at this year’s tournament will be Davis Love III exploiting the course at Medinah to suit the long hitters. Although altering the course is well within his rights as home captain it is not a rule previous captains have looked to take advantage. However, the widening of fairways and narrowing of rough that will take place should make for an entertaining contest with plenty of eagles and birdies. Although the 2012 edition has much to live up to, the history of the event and the quality of player on show should ensure a high quality and gripping contest in Chicago on the final weekend of September.


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Gillick considers future in DIT By Danielle Stephens Sports Editor Although this summer saw Ireland have its most successful Olympics since 1956, for one athlete, most of the focus was on his disappointment at failing to qualify for London 2012. DIT graduate David Gillick is one of Ireland’s most successful athletes, winning accolades such as being European Indoor Champion in both 2005 and 2007 or winning Ireland’s first gold in running for 75 years. The past two years however, have been a continuous string of set-backs ultimately leading to his absenteeism from this year’s London games. The 29-year-old explains that this forced him to re-evaluate his future and admits that he considered leaving the athletics track for good. Gillick got to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was ranked fifth in the world in 2009. Disappointed with not winning medals in 2010, he took the opportunity to train with a coach in America. It was during this time that he suffered from the first major injury of his career. The fallout was substantial. He missed the 2011 summer, consequently missing the chance of early qualification into the Olympics. Springtime saw him

suffer two injuries in 10 weeks and by April the runner accepted that he wasn’t going to London with the rest of the Irish contingent. Gillick was candid about the effect that this had on him. He had no control over what was happening and the blow sent him to “pretty low places”. After deciding that he wanted nothing more to do with athletics he jumped at the idea of retirement. “I wanted my life back, I wanted to go out on a Friday or a Saturday, not worry about what I was eating and just be a normal person.” He couldn’t go home and face the pity from his friends and family but he equally couldn’t stay in the camp where athletes around him had qualified. He escaped to his girlfriend’s parents’ house in Newcastle, where he was then contacted by RTÉ. When asked if he would join an athletics panel who would commentate over the games, Gillick had reservations. In the end, he explained how it was one of the best things that he could have done from a rehab point of view. “I wasn’t watching the Olympics by myself. I was informing people and being quite objective. It was a proactive step to feeling better and on top of that it passed the time.” It wasn’t long before the former DIT student was itching to get back to the sport. However, the events of the previous two years had made him look into other

DIT graduate David Gillick competing in the European Athletic Championships in 2010

possibilities for the future. With a degree in Supply Chain Management from DIT, Gillick knows that he can always build on that. He is contemplating going back to DIT and getting a masters degree. Although he doesn’t know what he would do his masters in, he believes that it’s good to have balance between sport and studies. Graduating in 2006, the athlete recounted how supportive the college was with him and his athletic career. For an athlete to participate in the World Student Games, it is up to them to fund their way there. Gilleck said that he was probably one of the only students to have their college pay for them to attend. He was awarded a sports scholarship by DIT, taking away the need for a part-time job. He knows that if he had needed to get a part-time job as well as balance training and studying, he would have been under serious pressure. He also acknowledges their flexibility in relation to his career. The World Indoor Championships clashed with his final exams. To accommodate this, DIT switched one of his exams, meaning his lecturer had to draw up another paper specifically for him.

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Sign up to clubs with DIT’s All-Ireland finalists By Niamh Foran

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Jane Dolan captained Meath to win the junior All Ireland in Camogie

DIT’s sports clubs and societies will be out in force this month recruiting new members for the upcoming year. Joining clubs and picking up a sport is not only a great way to keep fit and meet new people, but is also tonnes of fun. Here’s what’s coming up in the DIT sports clubs and societies: Any Ladies interested in joining the GAA Camogie team can head along to Larkin College on Monday September 24th. Competitive matches won’t be starting straight away so if you’re interested in going down to see if it’s for you, now’s the time. DIT’s GAA Dev Officer Darragh Biddlecombe explains the great things that have come out of DIT Camogie, ‘‘we want to give a big congratulations to former DIT

Biomedical Student Deirdre Codd who won her third All-Ireland Camogie medal with Wexford on Sunday.” At wing back, Codd a Sunday Game nominee for player of the match for Wexford in their win over Cork. DIT also congratulated current DIT Camogie selector Jane Dolan a Property Economics graduate. Jane captained Meath to the Junior All-Ireland title in their win over Down in Croke Park. Those interested in playing Camogie in DIT can contact Stephen on 085-7350777. Students interested in joining the DIT Ladies’ football Club are also starting back for the year and are should go to Larkin College on Wednesday September 26th. Biddlecombe is also encouraging Freshers to meet new people through the clubs: ‘‘We have a lot of things happening this month for Freshers and hopefully we’ll get a good

turnout. We are holding GAA County Gaelic Football 7’s in Grangegorman on Wednesday 26th September 2012 at 5pm. Just tog out in your county jersey, there will be a BBQ and prizes on throughout the day, all levels are welcome.” DIT Head of Sport Sinead McNulty also talks about the new exciting things happening in DIT Sport: ‘‘The playing field and ancillary developments at Broombridge was granted planning permission and the Kevin Street Gym refurbishment is close to being finished.” The Sport’s Scholarship Programme has also been reviewed and is now the DIT Athlete Support Programme. The presentation night is taking place in November. DIT Clubs and Societies week runs from Monday 24 September to Thursday 27 September.


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