Solar Energy in Ireland: is it the way to go?

16 May 2022  Ireland’s first large scale solar farm opened in Wicklow just two weeks ago and is projected to be able to save up to 4,800 tonnes of carbon emissions. The Millvale solar farm can generate 8 megawatts of power and is already connected our national electricity grid – but how does solar energy […]

Culture column: reflections on eco-poetry

29 April 2022  At COP26 I was handed a booklet with a bright yellow cover and the title “Future Anterior – COP(oety)26.” It was a little collection of eco-poetry, collected by the University of Warwick’s Centre for Ecopoetics.  On one of the many train rides between Glasgow and Edinburgh, I pulled it out and read […]

Culture column: First Reformed

31 March 2022 For this installment of our culture column, we’ve changed the format ever so slightly.  Our editor Kayle Crosson and our regular contributor Chloé ten Brink discuss the 2017 film First Reformed – and their conversation has been edited for length and clarity.  Quick thing before we get going – there are spoilers […]

Culture Column: How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

“Is the government a rock, a thing with neither brain nor heart?” These are the desperate words of a father rallying himself to go plead in the fictional African capital Bézam against a government bent on profit and extracting oil. Thula, his daughter and soon-to-be political activist and the rest of the village know it […]

Opinion: “I am hugely disappointed about the Salthill Cycle Lane decision”

17 February 2022 On Monday, Galway City Council revoked plans for a trial cycleway along Salthill Promenade. Let’s start with some background. The €1 million investment was scrapped following the introduction of Standing Order 32 and was co-signed by 13 councillors from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour, and Independents. The cycleway originally received an 8-8 […]