7 Most Bingeable Netlix Shows – By Luke Hanley

1. Stranger Things
This is my pick for the “horror” series, this series isn’t terribly frightening but one of the
genres listed is horror so technically yes, this is horror. At this stage, everyone has
heard of Stranger things and its reputation is thoroughly deserved. It is one of the most
successful series that Netflix has ever produced and it is without a doubt one of the
most binge-able.
Stranger things is a sci-fi series about the adventures of a group of kids as they
encounter some supernatural events in their small town. This series is set in the 1980s
which gives it a nostalgia factor and pop culture are a constant feature of this
marvellous series. This is by far my favourite series on Netflix at the moment and I have
definitely binged this series once or twice.
->Binge-ability: 5/5 Couch Potatoes.
2. Rick and Morty
This is my choice for an “easy watching”. Rick and Morty is an animated series about a
teenage boy and his genius-like, dimension travelling grandfather. They both go on
ludicrous adventures to different planets and dimensions. This series is very easy to
watch and to binge as while watching this, you don’t have to follow any long ludicrous
plot. They are just very easy, 20 minute episodes.
The best feature of this series is probably the
comedy. The jokes in this series are very witty and can be very sarcastic at times and
this suits quite a lot of peoples senses of humour. This series has a bad reputation
because of a bit of a toxic fanbase but the series itself is well worth watching. Overall
this is a very binge-worthy series.
->Binge-ability: 4/5 Intergalactic Couch Potatoes.
3. The Final Table
I have chosen this entry for the “Foodie” series. The Final Table is a cooking
competition where different teams of chefs make signature dishes from a variety of
different countries in order to become the best chef and win the grand prize. The vast
difference in methods of cooking and the types of food being made keeps this series
very interesting.
The format of this competition is very different from the normal MasterChef type
show. This show has a theme country for each episode and are given an ingredient to
cook with which means that all of the chefs have to cook food that is out of their comfort
zone. This makes it even more interesting and definitely makes it a binge-able series.
->Binge-ability: 3.5/5 Boiled Couch Potatoes.
4. After Life
After Life is my choice for the series that is motivational. This series, created by Ricky
Gervais, follows the main protagonist as he battles with depression after losing his wife
to cancer. This series was created by Gervais to highlight his own battle with depression
and how to overcome depression. This series includes plenty of dark humour which
allows Gervais to give his own spin on battling depression.
This series is very motivational because, despite Gervais’ characters suicidal
thoughts and commentary, he is still kept going by various facets of his life like different
people and his dog. This series can definitely be a bit heavy to watch so it might not be
the easiest binge of your life but it is definitely a series well worth watching.
->Binge-ability: 4/5 Sad Couch Potatoes.
5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
For the category of “Sitcom”, I chose Brooklyn Nine-Nine. This is a comedic series
which follows all of the shenanigans that happen in New Yorks 99th police precinct. This
series boasts a stellar cast who play a very diverse range of characters that all bring a
different aspect to the show. The different personalities and traits of each different
character compliment this show to make it one of the best sitcoms today.
This series is one of the most binge-able shows there is, with a runtime of
20 minutes per episode and plot lines that very rarely drag. You may find yourself going
to watch some Netflix in the evening, then you start this and suddenly its 4 am and
you’re halfway through season 3. Once you start this series, it is very hard to stop.
->Binge-ability: 4.5/5 Deep-fried Couch Potatoes.
6. Peaky Blinders
I have picked Peaky Blinders for the “Drama” section of this list. Peaky Blinders is a
period drama that follows a Birmingham gang who are setting up their own betting shop
and need to fend off the other gangs in Birmingham and elsewhere. This is another
show with an unbelievable cast with the likes of Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy.
This series is so binge-able because of the
connections that are quickly made with characters and this series also boasts some of
the best cliff-hangers that I have ever seen. This series has an almost cult-like following
and it is clear to see why as the acting is second to none and the plot always keeps you
->Binge-ability: 5/5 Gangster Couch Potatoes.
7. Love, Death and Robots
This show was my pick for the “a bit freaky but I kinda like it” category. This series is
sort of an animated version of Black Mirror. The reason I chose this over Black Mirror is
because the majority of the episodes are far shorter which makes it far more binge-able
in my opinion.each episode is also animated a different way so that it’s almost like a
collection of short films and this makes it even more intriguing to watch.
This is definitely a strange show and its not for everyone but the absurdity of
some of the plots and just the freakishness of the episodes make this series almost
impossible to drag yourself away from. It is definitely one of the easiest to binge shows
that I have ever seen.
->Binge-ability: 5/5 Cyborg Couch Potatoes.

7 Times to Savour in First Year


College is a time of firsts, and things you have never experienced before will, for better or worse, change you as a person. In the whirlwind time that is first year it can be easy to just float along and let some great times pass by, but it makes sense to try and make the most of them. They say it’s the little things that count and as you look back on your first year you will think the same. The things you remember fondly, laugh about and cringe at will remind you of the exciting time that is first year, so you should do all you can to savour these moments while you can.


1. Moving In

Daunting – a good word to describe the move away from home. Driving up to a new house or apartment in a cramped parent’s car it is easy to think of all the worst possibilities; not getting on with housemates, messy kitchens, cold nights without your dog. The best thing to do is accept the first few minutes might be awkward as you work out what is going on, then you can start being yourself.


Remembering that everyone is doing the same thing, starting fresh in a new place, can go a long way to help any nerves. The people you move in with could be some of your best friends for your time in UL and these first few nights are memorable, as you get used to being free to do what you want. It is worth remembering as you hit the hay on your first night that while a new place can seem scary, it also means an opportunity to be yourself and an adventure ahead.


2. First Visit to the Stables


Say “Stables” to any student in UL and it means one thing. Craic. Some of the best days and nights of your college career will be spent in here. The first time will be wild enough, probably involving UV paint or some sort of county jersey, but it’s important to get your bearings early. Little tricks like knowing what time it fills up at on busy Wednesdays and the best route to take to get served quicker are vital to making the most of a night in the Stables. These come with experience, but for the first couple of times it’s good enough to just take in the sights and sounds, safe in the knowledge you’ll be getting fairly used to the place over your 4 years.


3. Travelling Home


After a long week of going to all your lectures and studying, a trip home is a welcome thought. Nothing quite compares to the moment you land on your bed at home like a starfish and think of nothing but how you could stay there forever. If it wasn’t for the home cooked dinner waiting for you, you probably would. Little things like washing being done, dinners made and heat might not be fully appreciated until you have lived away from home so make sure you make the most of these luxuries when you get the chance. Soon enough you will be back to choosing between another pint or having sauce with your pasta for the week.


4. Surviving Exams

Exams are like death and taxes, inevitable. In first year you have a certain amount of leeway due to the fact that, for most courses, your QCA only really counts from second year. You still have to pass though, so exams bring with them all the stresses of lost student IDs, struggling to find seats in the library and severe procrastination. As important as making sure you do your best in exams is appreciating when they are over. The hard work you put in before a test means that once you hand up your script you don’t have to perform a post-mortem and you are free to concentrate on celebrating, whatever way you choose, in peace.


5. First Sight of Sun


Around March time when the first proper bit of prolonged sun breaks through the clouds the campus is transformed. The grass outside the library is full of students eating 99s and a smug feeling is in the air as the people inside the library are turned into entertainment. Most of the people sitting on the grass have given up on lectures or assignments that have to be done, but there is a way to get the best of both worlds. As painful as it might sound, getting up early and doing some work before the sun is in peak form saves a lot of hassle. It’s vital to enjoy the sun while it’s there, god knows we don’t get too much of it, and making plans to get work out of the way can take weight off your shoulders and make those ice-creams guilt free.


6. Charity Week

Charity Week is the most enjoyable week of the college year. It’s like seeing a squirrel outside a classroom window, the ultimate distraction trying to drag you away from college. There might be a few late nights, groggy morning lectures and labs spent watching the clock, but going to college can be justification for going mad after it. The best way to enjoy the madness is to embrace it, whether that’s messy sing-alongs to the Vengaboys in the Stables or running through campus in the nip (almost). Making sure you are up to date with your modules before this week helps you to make the most of it, because even though week 6 is all fun, next comes week 7, and with it the looming presence of the end of year exams.


7. Race Day


Arguably the best day of the year, the races give everyone a chance to get all polished up, pretend to know a thing or two about betting and do a good bit of horsing around. You don’t want to miss out on race day, so just buy a ticket when they go on sale. That way you can avoid the stress of worrying about getting one, not to mention the con artists and extortionate second-hand prices. When it comes to the actual day of the races, it’s really every person for themselves so eat a good breakfast, get a clear run of the day and hope for the best. The real achievement is if you can make it back with any of the money you went with.


Eoin O'Sullivan

7 Recommended Reads

1. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Attwood

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, like dissenters, she will be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. However, even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit and astute perception.


2. Dear Life – Alice Munro

Dear Life - Alice Munro

Alice Munro captures the essence of life in her brilliant new collection of stories. Moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories in Dear Life build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be.


3. I am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes

I Am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes

Pilgrim is the codename for a man who does not exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation.

However, that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. In addition, it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where he finds the body of a woman face down in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, and her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder – and Pilgrim wrote the book.

What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to deserted ruins on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace, and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush, in search of the faceless man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God.


4. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys

Salt To The Sea - Ruta Sepetys

It is early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land. Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stories. Fans of The Book Thief or Helen Dunmore’s The Siege will be very absorbed.

This inspirational novel is based on a true story from the Second World War. When the German ship the Wilhelm Gustloff sunk in port in early 1945, it had over 9,000 civilian refugees, including children, on board. Nearly all drowned. Ruta Sepetys, acclaimed author of Between Shades of Grey, brilliantly imagines their story.


5. Managing Oneself – Peter F. Drucker

Managing Oneself - Peter F. Drucker

Peter Drucker is widely regarded as the father of modern management, offering penetrating insights into business that still resonate today. However, Drucker also offers deep wisdom on how to manage our personal lives and how to become leaders that are more effective. In these two classic articles from Harvard Business Review, Drucker reveals the keys to becoming your own chief executive officer as well as a better leader of others. “Managing Oneself” identifies the probing questions you need to ask to gain the insights essential for taking charge of your career.


6. Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

Exit West - Mohsin Hamid

An extraordinary story of love and hope from the bestselling, Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Nadia and Saeed are two ordinary young people, attempting to do an extraordinary thing – to fall in love – in a world turned upside down. Theirs will be a love story but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow, of a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it.

Civil war has come to the city that Nadia and Saeed call home. Before long they will need to leave their motherland behind – when the streets are no longer useable and the unknown is safer than the known. They will join the great outpouring of people fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world.


7. What We Cannot Know – Marcus du Sautoy

What We Cannot Know by Marcus Du Sautoy

Britain’s most famous mathematician takes us to the edge of knowledge to show us what we cannot know.

Is the universe infinite?

Do we know what happened before the Big Bang?

Where is human consciousness located in the brain?

In addition, are there more undiscovered particles out there, beyond the Higgs boson?

In the modern world, science is king: weekly headlines proclaim the latest scientific breakthroughs and numerous mathematical problems, once indecipherable, have now been solved. Are there limits to what we can discover about our physical universe?

In this very personal journey to the edges of knowledge, Marcus du Sautoy investigates how leading experts in fields from quantum physics and cosmology, to sensory perception and neuroscience, have articulated the current lie of the land. In doing so, he travels to the very boundaries of understanding, questioning contradictory stories and consulting innovative data.

Is it possible that we will one day know everything? Alternatively, are there fields of research that will always lie beyond the bounds of human comprehension? If so, how do we cope with living in a universe where there are things that will forever transcend our understanding?

In What We Cannot Know, Marcus du Sautoy leads us on a thought-provoking expedition to the furthest reaches of modern science. Prepare to be taken to the edge of knowledge to find out if there is anything, we truly cannot know.


Magnificent 7 – Top albums for college listening


Your days and nights at college or university will undoubtedly be ones of new experiences and challenges. For many of you it will be a time of change, experimentation and new found independence. Individual songs (and indeed whole albums) will inevitably form part of your college soundscape over the next few years. Researchers have long examined the emotional bonds we form with specific songs and the importance of fan relationships with bands and individual performers.

This year’s suggested listening combines the old and the new. Ranging from new releases from Damien Dempsey, The XX and Laura Marling. It also features Savages’ second album ‘Adore Life’ and the award-winning Rusangano Family. I have included the 40th Anniversary Edition of first ever Irish punk album ‘TV Tubeheart’ by The Radiators from Space. Top of the list is ‘New Facts Emerge’ – the 32nd album released by the mighty Manchester band The Fall. Happy Listening!


1.  Damien Dempsey – Soulsun 

Damien Dempsey - Soulsun

Now a bona fide “national treasure”, Damien Dempsey consistently makes albums that challenge and inspire. The follow-up to last year’s 1916-inspired collection No Force On Earth is a collection of duets with top notch female vocalists (or as the singer eloquently puts it, “The Mighty Celtic Warrior High Queens”). Recorded in London with long-time producer John Reynolds, it is vintage Dempsey in terms of the songwriting approach, with the odd experimental sonic flourish.

Wistful, pastoral and suitably mellow, ‘Beside The Sea’ is a duet with – of all people – Dido. It’s a blissfully laid-back affair, with the two voices blending beautifully. Even better is ‘Big Big Love’, performed with another Dublin vocal powerhouse, Imelda May. A Stax/Motown style nunber, it’s the standout moment on Soulsun. Elsewhere, the title track is a characteristically epic tune; while the incendiary rocker ‘Pretty Bird Tree’ – sung with Pauline Scanlon – has echoes of Tom Joad-era Springsteen.

An inveterate social justice campaigner, Dempsey has long explored the lives of the marginalised and down-trodden, an approach he continues on this record.
Over a splashy keyboard riff, ‘Soft Rain’ finds Dempsey embarking on a lyrical trip around Dublin: he eventually arrives at “old Marlborough Street”, where he encounters “The big gang with the rotten teeth/ who will spend their days in a haze/ hunting powders and potions.” It’s a powerful exploration of the problems of the inner city – a subject dear to Dempsey’s heart. Overall, Soulsun is one of the singer’s strongest outings yet – and could significantly swell his already sizeable fanbase.


2. Laura Marling – Semper Femina

Laura Marling - Super Femina

Laura Marling has used conversations surrounding her sixth album, Semper Femina, to disavow music of “innocent creativity”—the kind that’s “not pointed, not political,” she says. It’s an intuitive concept that sounds relatively novel coming from this folk songwriter. In the late 2000s, Marling emerged from London’s Communion scene, a coterie of authenticity fetishists who wore wounded hearts on tweed-jacket sleeves. Marling was herself embroiled in “innocent creativity,” but she released masterpieces of the form. Her identity evolved from romantic pragmatist to underdog sage to mystic troubadour; her voice became distant and supercilious, baring just enough soul to reassure you one was there. Radical honesty is now common among young songwriters, but Marling can harbor guilt, fear, arrogance, deceit, or triumph in a bottomless deadpan. It’s easy to invest in her evasion.

Semper Femina—Latin for “Always a woman,” and taken from Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid—is no revolutionary screed. But the album’s characters, who are all given female pronouns, tiptoe outside Marling’s world of heartbreak and personal redemption. There are signs of a broader project at play. With lyrics about “warning signs” that we’re conditioned to “ignore diligently,” “Next Time” appears to preach a maternal fondness for Mother Earth: “I can no longer close my eyes/While the world around me dies/At the hands/Of folks/Like me,” she trills. While her composure hasn’t wavered since 2010’s I Speak Because I Can, there’s something new in songs like “Next Time” and “Don’t Pass Me By.” Both remind me, in their reserve and understated melancholy, of mid-career Elliott Smith—a chaotic and vulnerable individual anchored by a preternatural understanding of melody, using compassion to navigate horror.


3. Rusangano Family – Let the Dead Bury the Dead

Rusangano Family - Let the Dead Bury the Dead

An album where questions about identity, equality and diversity loom large, Let The Dead Bury The Dead is an album which feels more 2016 than other Irish release around at present. Members of immigrant families from Zimbabwe and Togo respectively, God Knows and Murli trade lines, yarns and stories about what it’s like to arrive in a new land and feel out of place.

More pertinently, they also deal with the identity crisis of feeling just as out of place in the traditional settings of their family home because of trying to fit in and adjust to new surroundings.

As producer, Lillis has found a sweet spot where the funk of the sounds and the samples is perfectly calibrated for the heft of what the MCs have to say. On Kierkegaard, Love In A Time Of War and Surviving the Times, God Knows and Murli deliver beautifully turned out rhymes about the personal and the universal. Their flow is razor-sharp, the words hitting the spot again and again. As state of the nation addresses go about the state of this particular nation after the wreaths have been laid and the speeches made, it’s quite a belter.


4. Savages – Adore Life

Savages - Adore Life

Adore Life arrives, audibly the work of a band making efforts to outrun their initial influences and trying to find a path beyond a debut that seemed so fully formed – image, sound and manifesto all neatly worked out – that it was hard to imagine how they might develop it further without tumbling into self-parody. The guitars are still serrated, but Adore Life feels looser and slightly more relaxed than its predecessor. The listener feels a little less like every song is being screamed at them, an inch and a half away from their face. The mood is, well, moodier. The lyrics are less ascetic, immersed as they mostly are in the vagaries of love and relationships. “Hit me, hit me with your hands,” ran Silence Yourself’s austere paean to sadomasochism.

Adore Life’s closing Mechanics deals with the same subject in more elevated terms: “When I take a man to sleep over, pain and pleasure will touch my hand and I will hold what is untold.” There’s even the occasional splash of dry humour, a commodity in pretty scarce supply on Silence Yourself. Above a musical backdrop in which a jagged bassline suddenly, thrillingly, shifts into something informed by warp-speed hardcore punk, TIWYG’s lyrical hook is a parody of Radiohead’s Karma Police, a song about enervated, eye-rolling despair, its defeated “tsk-typical” mood the opposite to the galvanising one Savages clearly want to conjure. The sound of I Need Something New suggests they’re going to have to run a bit faster if they’re going to escape the shock-haired shadow of Siouxsie, but the lyric is genuinely funny, depicting the singer so bored while in the throes of sexual congress that a draught from an unclosed door feels like a diverting novelty.


5. The Fall – New Facts Emerge

The Fall - New Facts Emerge

The Fall is a band that exists without precedent. For 40 years, they have remained the chief creative output for the mercurial and often combative vocalist/songwriter Mark E. Smith, and in that time, the Fall have fulfilled the promise of the post-punk movement that they emerged from. The project continues to move forward with an almost cavalier disregard for their past accomplishments. A look at recent setlists from the band’s live performances show that, in spite of a rich and varied discography, the oldest original material that Smith and the current incarnation of the Fall will deign to play are songs from their 2007 album Reformation Post TLC.

With the band’s contemporaries like Peter Hook and the Buzzcocks content to while away their careers reliving former glories, the Fall’s indifference to the sound that made them known is almost admirable. But it does put the band’s recent material—like their new album, New Facts Emerge—at something of a disadvantage, because anyone discovering the Fall through this or other recent releases might rightfully wonder what all the fuss is about.

What truth remains in John Peel’s oft-repeated comment about his favorite band (“They are always different; they are always the same”) is Smith’s love of sound. Not just the noise that a great rock group can make, but the possibilities available in the recording process. As co-producer of Emerge (with Melling), he gets especially playful, sending the last few seconds of “Victoria Train Station Massacre” into reverse and muffling the entirety of “O! ZZTRRK Man” with his voice stuck in the recesses of the song. It’s those little touches and turns, and Smith’s larger unpredictability, that keep this album from becoming another average entry into the catalog of a respected legacy act.


6. The Radiators from Space – TV Tube Heart

The Radiators from Space - TV Tubeheart

The Radiators From Space were the first punk rock band from Ireland, influencing many of those who followed including the Undertones and the Boomtown Rats, and are often cited by U2 as an inspiration. They were also one of the earliest of the class of ’77 punk rock bands. This, their first album, is full-on protest punk, with angry guitars and biting lyrics. At the time Rolling Stone magazine recognised them as “outdistancing most of the competition”. The original 13-track album is turned into a 33-track epic. Of the 33 only the album plus three non-album single sides have been available on CD before. The two alternate versions have only ever been available on an Irish cassette compilation. The 15 previously unissued recordings comprise ten ‘live in the studio’ sides made on the first day of recording and five very live tracks from the band’s debut London show at the Vortex Club. All are mastered from new high res transfers. The band never really broke up. Philip Chevron went on to join the Pogues, but there were frequent reunions and three further studio albums over the years.


7. The XX – I See You

The XX - I See You

Pregnant with potential meanings, the title of the xx’s immersive third album gradually reveals itself over the course of 10 new songs. It is not accusative – “I see you, stealing that guitar sound” – but more in keeping with the ongoing themes of this minimal, intimate band; more consolatory. “I see you”, this album says, “as you are.”

Prefaced by a series of more outgoing tracks, I See You has been touted as the xx’s least insular album thus far. If Jamie Smith’s solo outing of 2015, In Colour, constituted a successful experiment with shades beyond the minimal monochrome that originally defined the band, then I See You finds them a little gaudier of palette. Using samples for the first time, they have tweaked their sound in myriad ways, while still retaining the sense of proximity within spaciousness for which they are famous. You could say it was more commercial, if the mainstream hadn’t been biting the xx’s style relentlessly. (“Justin Bieber is doing tropical house,” noted Smith in a recent interview.)

The first song opens with a Caribbean horn fanfare, the shock of which will have you running to the track-listing to see if you haven’t accidentally hit play on a different band. Sinuous and garagey, Dangerous sounds like it could have come from Smith’s solo outing, and finds singers Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft sharing lines such as “I couldn’t care less/ If they call us reckless.”

The three-way relationships that sustain the band were sorely tested over the course of recording. Sims, in particular, has stepped back from partying as a result. (“Does the night chase me?” he wonders on Replica).

Located at the heart of the album, Performance finds Madley Croft “putting on a show” and “playing hide and seek” while Smith’s scything keyboard violin sound etches zigzags above her head. The album closer, a gospelly piano-led duet called Test Me, is more abrupt. A ghostly analogue curlicue tracks a sonar bloop. “You look”, murmurs Madley Croft, “but you never see.”





7 key foods to have in your cupboard to maintain a semi-normal lifestyle


1. Rice / Pasta / Potatoes (Carbohydrates)

These are actually super simple to cook, which means you do not have to live off takeaways or pot noodles for the duration of your 4 years in college, and they are versatile in the sense that you can join these carbohydrates with a variation of meats and vegetabless!


2. Chicken / Fish / Eggs (Protein)

Foods like chicken, fish and eggs are not only three of the most versatile foods ever, they are super healthy and manageable also! These can quickly crossover from lunch snacks, to a dinner with your carbs from above!


3. Cereal

Maybe in your new chapter in life you will become aware that breakfast is an important meal, and though you really might not be in the mood for it first thing in the morning, you will be thankful for it come at 11 or 12 o’clock after a couple of classes with scarce breaks!


4. Fruits

These make up an ideal snack for on the go. Not only are fruits so healthy, and make you feel a little bit better about yourself, they also contain fibre which fills you for longer than a chocolate bar!


5. Frozen Vegetables

From broccoli and cauliflower to mixed frozen peppers the choice is so broad! Not only are you getting one of your 5 a day with a side of veg on your plate during your dinner, but these are very cheap in Aldi and Lidl, last ages and frozen veg is so easy to manage. The bonus is that there is rarely any waste unlike with fresh vegetables.


6. Tea / Coffee

It is no secret that the typical student day is filled with mountains and mountains of coffee, it is a necessity. Make sure to have a big jar of coffee in your cupboard, readily available for those nights you will be up until all hours banging out that 2000 word assignment that is due for 9am the next morning. Or for those mornings you really feel like you will never tear yourself away from bed after that mad night out. Coffee can be one of your best friends!


7. Milk

A necessity! Though some people may like their coffee super strong, there is still the need of milk for your cereals in the morning!

7 Tips for Freshers

1. Join Clubs and Societies!

This is even more important for those students coming to UL alone. Joining clubs is the single best way to meet like-minded people and make friends in university. UL has some of the best clubs and societies in the country and it is a sure fire way to meet great people and make some really good friends!


2. Register for Modules, Quickly!

Ok so not very exciting…but better than paying a 200 euro fine! If you are not sure how, ask a friend or call into the students union or library for some help.


3. Visit the library!

You may also not think this one is very exciting, but at least go for the good WiFi! Trust me though, you will definitely need to be familiar with the library, and you do not want to arrive for the first time on week 12 when it is a war zone. The library staff are great and can help you do lots of things like find the books that you need (duh), help with essays and referencing and just general tips that can enhance your time at UL.


4. Go to Class

If you do nothing else, just attend lectures and tutorials, the temptation to skip is high, but the payoff for attending is higher. Attending scheduled lectures and tutorials gives you the best chance at succeeding academically. It is very easy to fall behind and become overwhelmed after missing a few classes, so try your best to take full advantage of the resources provided!


5. Get some exercise

So you are about to start living on your own…that means no more healthy home cooked dinners and you are going to have to survive on your own. That does not mean cheap pizzas and noodles! Join a club (see part one) that you enjoy and get some exercise, even better, visit the gym/pool. UL has some of the best sporting facilities in Ireland, so use them!


6. Find Yourself

Ok I know that this is cheesy, I do. But you have just started a new chapter in life, for most of you, far from home and you have a chance to discover lots of things about yourself. What drives you in life? What makes you happy? For most this is the first real experience of freedom so it is very important to use the extra time and freedom to discover who you want to be in life.


7. Have Fun!

Try to follow these tips, but do not forget to have fun! You are just starting some of the best years of your life and that is especially true for first years! Make lots of new friends, do what makes you happy and take full advantage of this year which will undoubtedly be one of the best of your life so far!

7 Advisors UL Should Hire

Wrapping up “Meet Your Advisor” week here at the HUB. Hopefully you met your advisor and they are class, if you need more info. on the system read “who is your advisor and what do they do?”.

However, while we aren’t saying there is anything wrong with UL’s current advisors, if they wanted to bring in a few more as super subs, we have some suggestions.


1. Michael D. Higgins

Firstly, how cool would it be to to have him at our games to celebrate every time we score?


Born in Limerick, a politician, poet, sociologist, author and broadcaster. He was SU President & a Lecturer in UCG, and was a Visiting Professor at Southern Illinois University. SO, we think he would have plenty of advice for his advisees.

However, if he thinks doing his job is more important than coming to UL we would settle for Michael Tea Higgins. So cute!

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2. Dumbledore

“Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts UL! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”

He would say loads of wise things and he is #BeardGoals, what’s not to love? He could advise you on really important academic matters, such as, if you should hit snooze on your alarm one more time …


UL is basically Hogwarts without the magic anyways, he would fit right in. Any spells he had up his sleeve for insuring you pass your exams would be sound too.


3. Elsa

“They never replied to me on Tinder”

“They had no chicken rolls left in Spar, I feel personally victimised”

“I have a 4-6 p.m. tutorial on a Friday, I feel personally victimised”

We know what your advisor Elsa would say …


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4. Bridget Jones

While we imagine having her as the advisor for the aspiring journos in UL, she is also simply the perfect Lady to advise us all on the best type of relationship to be in:

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5. Flan Costello?

If you haven’t met him yet then WARNING, he is likely to charge a fiver or a “flan” when you do.

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When they were going to rename one of the bridges in Limerick after JFK there was a campaign to get the City Council to reconsider & name it after FLAN. We are joking, you can read the newspaper article here. We are certain he would advise us all very well on many matters.



Move over Michael D. we have someone even smaller and older.

Advise you, he will.

“Hey Yoda, I was thinking of posting my third Instagram selfie of the day, do you think that’s too much or…”

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7. Beyoncé

Imagine! No seriously, her as an advisor … imagine!

“Hey Bey, I was thinking of checking in with my ex just to see how they…”


“Hey Bey, I have five 9 a.m. starts can I just…”


“Hey Bey, so he liked this other girl’s Insta pic but apparently they are just…”


Who would you like to see as an adviser in UL??

Let us know via the numerous social media platforms we have.



Top Seven Life Hacks For Making Friends In UL

1. Snapchat Celeb

Send everyone you are friends with on snapchat all the snaps that you post to your story. They will appreciate you thinking of them and will look forward to seeing them the second time on your story because they are top quality content. Instantly you will become Snapchat famous to the level of a Kardashian.


When you become Snapchat famous, give us a shout out though, we want to share that limelight.

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2. I know, I’m Just So … 

Random! In case people don’t pick up on the fact that with you as a friend they will never know what’s coming next … constantly remind them how random you are. The more you say it, the more people will like you.



3. I’m Totally Going To …

Fail! This is a genius plan that incidentally, will not fail to make you friends.

Part 1: Tell everyone incessantly before every single exam, test and assignment how you have done no study or work and how you are totally going to fail.

Part 2: Actually be doing loads of work on the sly.

Part 3: Get all A’s.

Part 4: Your friends/classmates will be delighted for you at this amazing achievement. They will look up to and give a round of applause … possibly  a standing ovation actually.



4. Let Them Know You’ve Exceeded Their Every Experience In Life …

Whenever someone is telling you a story about something in their life, don’t really listen. Just be waiting for an opportunity to interrupt and tell them your story, which is much better. They shifted 2 people last night? You shifted 20! They only slept 3 hours last night? You only slept 3 hours in the last 2 weeks! They went to Tenerife in The Canary Islands for the summer? You went to Elevenerife!

They will realise that as you’ve exceeded all of their life experiences you are obviously the person they need as their friend to elevate them up to your level (which they will never reach, you will always be one better).



5. Get Your Housemates To Love You …

If they leave a room for even a second to go to the bathroom for example, go in and turn absolutely everything off, even the houses wifi. They will admire your energy saving ways.

Eat their Ben and Jerrys from the freezer. They will realise that you care about their nutritional health more then your own, and thank you for taking the bullet for them.

Leave little notes all over the place. They will admire how considerate you are to take the time to provide them with directions and feedback.

Never take out the bins or do the dishes. They will realise that such jobs are beyond you, and admire how important you are.



6. Get Your Neighbours To Love You …

Play music late at night really loudly. They will think “wow, what a party animal, the lord of the sesh, how I wish I could be more like them”.



7. Always Talk In The Cinema…

On the screen there might be an epic blockbuster that took 100’s of millions and years to make, but you start talking over it. Everyone will realise that what you have to say is so much better than Warner Bro’s latest realise, they probably ask if they can pay 8 quid to watch TV in your living room while you talk over because they’ll enjoy it so much.



Disclaimer: This is not good advice. Don’t play music loud at night then say we told you to when you get in trouble. This is sarcasm. You probably got that as you read each one it reminded you of that person who does these things. If you can’t think of anyone you know that does them … it’s probably you that does them. Stop please, that way you might make some friends.

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7 Things UL Students Have Definitely Googled

So, the slogan on our t-shirts says “Forget Google, Ask Us”. Some silly UL students probably don’t ask us and use the lesser known search option called Google. Here are some things we are certain some UL student has googled at some point.



While its official name is ‘Plassey House’ the first building in all of UL is often referred to as ‘The White House’ and as you can see from the picture it is clearly wonderful vanilla pearl shade.





We would say keep an eye on our social media accounts. We got your back on this one.




Juno what, we do not know the answer to this.



It’s like your school uniform if you are a “lad” you have to wear it. But if you are just a male, then you are grand.




Well, there was in week 1, when we had goose in the HUB. Frankly we think it is an outrage that we weren’t allowed keep him full time.





Probably, but, ya know… you’d have lived a good life.




Haven’t a clue lads. What did google say?