(Luca Crone (Chairperson))
"Well done to Sneha and Ash and Krishna and Hilary who came joint first this week. It seems upgrading your partner works well! Unfortunately Áine and Gráinne appear to have lost their grove and have slipped down the table in recent weeks, well done to all who played!"
(Rory Cassidy (PRO))
"DCU sports scholars Aoife Lynch and Sophie Becker were in action for Ireland at the World Athletics Relays in Chorzow, Poland last weekend.Aoife was part of the 4x100m and 4x200m teams, while Sophie was part of the mixed 4x400m squad and joined Aoife on the 4x200m team.The 4x200m relay took place on Sunday night, with the DCU girls being joined by Sarah Quinn (St. Colman’s South Mayo AC) and Kate Doherty (DSD AC). Aoife ran a great first leg (24.48s), passing the baton to Kate Doherty. When the baton was passed to Sophie who was running the anchor leg, she began to gain ground on her Polish counterpart who was in the lead. Unfortunately, the Polish athlete held on to take victory, with Sophie running a split of 23.82s to bring the team home in 2nd, setting a phenomenal new National Record in the process of 1.35.93!Bearing in mind it was both athletes season opener it certainly bodes well for the summer ahead. Its worth noting also that it was Aoife’s first senior international appearance, undoubtedly the first of many to come. Both Aoife and Sophie were part of our 4x200m team at the last IUAA Indoors in Athlone in Feb 2020. Aoife was a reserve on the 4x100m team which finished 10th overall, missing out on a place in Tokyo by only 0.3s, however they did qualify for the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon next year.Sophie was also a reserve in the Mixed 4x400m, rested due to a recent injury. The team finished 7th overall to qualify for the Olympics after finishing 3rd in their heat in a new National Record of 3.16.34. Chris O’Donnell, Phil Healy, Sharlene Mawdsley and Thomas Barr made up the quartet, with Andrew Mellon replacing Barr in the final.Congratulations Aoife and Sophie from all of us in DCU AC. You did yourselves, your families, college, clubs, and communities proud! by Rory Cassidy (DCU AC PRO) "
(Luca Crone (Chairperson))
"Well done to Mollie and Sheila who won this week's tournament being the only pair to bid and make slam on the final board(a nice +15 IMPs)! Well done also to our two newcomers this week(Alex and Alex) who respectably took 4th! Hope everyone enjoyed and see you all next week:)"
(Annelieke Mooij (Chairperson))
"Are minority language speakers impacted when to comes to accessing their right to a fair trial? How are they treated by the justice system? What laws protect their human rights? PhD candidate Gearóidín McEvoy explains her research in this area, specifically concerning Irish and Irish Sign Language speakers."
(Luca Crone (Chairperson))
"Well done to Sneha and Aishwarya who won our weekly BBO tournament. They seem to have been able to maintain their place in the leaderboard for the past few weeks. Krishna and David have also gained some momentum recently moving up the table. Well done to all who played!"
(Emma Smullen (Vice Chairperson))
"HeadstARTs EGM!It’s that time of year again!!! We will be hosting our AGM on TUESDAY the 13th at 6 pm!! We have all committee positions up for grabs! - Chairperson- Vice-chairperson - Secretary - Treasurer - Public relations officer If you would like to get more involved next year and any of these positions interest you, all you have to do is prepare a little paragraph on why you think you would be a good fit for the position, come along on the night and let us know!!Check our social media pages for more informationCan't wait to see you there! "
(Leslie Thornton (Secretary))
"We would like to congratulate all our contestants last night who all ended the night with a new partner. By popular vote the top three couples were as follows;Ben and CanaanCaitlin and RoryThomas and MeganEach of these wonderful couples received wonderful prizes which they may use towards a date night. Don't worry the other couples received a free pizza for their participation.Who knows we may all end up invited to their weddings in the future. "
(Fay Martin (Chairperson))
"Hello world!I am beyond excited to announce what the Poetry society has been working on for the last academic year! I am speaking of course about our upcoming festival - Dawn. It's a week long celebration of poetry in all its forms. Every day next week there will be events that you can attend. Some of the events we have include workshops, readings, open mics, and a very special concert by Dublin singer-songwriter Sam Copley! There are 4 events that you need to pay for. HOWEVER: DCU poetry society are not making any money from the ticket sales. All the ticket money is being donated to the charity Fighting Words. You can register for all the events here: https://dcusu.ticketsolve.com/showsI hope to see you there!-Fay."
(Ryan McQuillan (PRO))
"Well, its finally time, we will be hosting our AGM on Discord this year. All positions are up for grabs in an AGM, with no prior experience necessary for roles other than Chairperson. So if you think you've got what it takes simply step up to the plate, explain why you should be chosen and we'll have an anonymous vote. ?As a reminder positions include: Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, PR Officer, Events Officer, Equipment Officer, Head DM, Two Ordinary Member roles For more information about any of these roles, simply message our page.? So, interested in shaping the D&D Soc Committee for the next year? Stay tuned on Tuesday the 20th, we'll be patiently waiting on Discord when the time comes and reminding folks on Social Media and in emails. Best of luck to anyone who decides to run !?"
(Pauric Leech (Chairperson))
"Another year comes and goes, and this rather strange one has offered our society a lot of interesting challenges and opportunities, we're looking forward to electing our new committee via Zoom this Wedneday - March 31st - at 6pm! Come along and run for or elect one of our many committee roles and help make next years Spanish Society great!AGM Meeting LinkPositions up for grabs -ChairpersonSecretaryPublic Relations OfficerTreasurerEvents Officer2 Ordinary Members1st Year RepresentativeHasta Pronto!-Pauric Leech, Spanish Society Chairperson 2020/21"
(Jessica Gill (Chairperson))
"In week 10, our Homelessness Awareness Week will be kicking off! Some fantastic events have been organised in collaboration with SVP societies in UCC, UCD & Maynooth University. On Tuesday 23rd there is a discussion on LGBTQ+ Homelessness and on Thursday 25th there will be a panel discussion on homelessness with Hazel Chu, Threshold, Eoin Ó Broin & Rebecca Moynihan. Keep an eye on our clubs&socs page and socials for more updates!"
(Cathy Brennan (Chairperson))
"Enjoy free, informative and optimistic events hosted by DCU’s Neurodivergent Society. To be neurodivergent is to think differently. “Neurodivergent” encompasses all people who have experienced mental illnesses, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders and more. Everyone is welcome to attend our free series of events, designed to engage people of all levels of familiarity with neurodivergence. On Monday at 6 pm, the Introduction will address common questions about what constitutes neurodivergence, followed by a live Q&A. Tuesday will see Enda Murphy providing expert insight into how to navigate mental health challenges as a neurodivergent person. Joan McDonald will also be sharing her perspective of being diagnosed later in life and creating a group, 500 strong, of Irish autistic adults. Facilitating these crucial conversations around disclosure, diagnosis, and mental health fosters greater empathy for those of us who can feel isolated from society. Having a place where you can be authentic with peers is critical to all people; this is especially true for neurodivergent people who may struggle with feeling like an “other”.Wednesday aims to show there is no one face of neurodivergence; anyone can be neurodivergent.Neurodivergent is a brilliantly broad, inclusive word; in keeping with this, we will challenge common misconceptions that neurodivergence (especially autism) is a boy’s club. Brains work independently from skin colour, gender, sexuality and age. We will be holding panel discussions on keeping the movement intersectional; we leave no one behind. Christa Holmans (Neurodivergent Rebel,) Lydia X. Z. Brown, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and Sharon daVanport will discuss race, gender and sexuality and their implications for neurodivergent people. On Thursday, Steve Silberman will be discussing neurodivergent creativity with our founder, Lao?ín Brennan. For the past year and a half, DCU's Neurodivergent Society has hosted creative expression workshops facilitated by Fighting Words. At 7, we will launch our creative collection online.Our Annual General Meeting, where we elect our committee for 2021/22, will be on Friday. Our final event is a movie screening of Soul (2020). "
(Aoife McGrath (Chairperson))
"Connection - Fotosoc's first published magazine is now available for order on our website dcu-fotosoc-store.myshopify.com and soon to be available in certain book stores around Ireland with all proceeds going to Jigsaw Youth Mental Health Charity. The zine includes work from our own fotogang as well as some talented poetry soc members. Big shout out to Peter O'Neill from the college view for covering an article on connection which you can read here. We are so excited for all of you to get your hands on this to see the work we've put into it. Many thanks to DCU Alumni for sponsoring this project !!"
(Annelieke Mooij (Chairperson))
"Are you stuck writing your thesis? Or need to finish a paper or article but just can't seem to focus? Join the peer-driven writer's retreat on the 14th of April to get your focus on. This retreat is organized as part of the IPRC Research Week conference and will take place from 10:00-12:00 UTC+1. Register via https://comsys.io/c/iprc-research-week/ for free to get the virtual location."
(Marta Cesarini (Chairperson))
"Hi everyone, we hope you’re all excited for the Intersociety Quiz organised by @science_and_health_dcu in partnership with @galstem.dcu, @dcuneurosoc and @sparc_dcu this Friday the 26th of February at 7:00pm via zoom! Remember, this is a science-based quiz, with physics, chemistry, biology and maths and neuroscience rounds so get your STEM hats on!This is a team quiz, so you can sign up alongside your friends following the link below (5 per team)- there are plenty of amazing prizes to be won so don’t miss out! Not only are there prizes up for grabs, but the top 4 teams will all qualify for an inter-university quiz with other universities from around Ireland!Don’t fret if you don’t have a team to sign up with - as we can form teams from any individuals that sign up using the link. It’s not too late to sign your teams up ?Sign up here! : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DnWXvTQ5yfyJjy4GBzGoXLMPdSXhf28f3KEdVqc7hps/viewform?ts=602c1daa&gxids=7628&edit_requested=trueSwipe to see the quiz regulations! Don’t worry, this is all fun and games so if you’d like to take part just for the fun of it please do! ?Join us this friday for a bit of craic using this zoom link: https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/j/97541425214?pwd=d1VvdVpWdUcvSHNXa20rcFVpV29FUT09"
(Annelieke Mooij (Chairperson))
"Hey everyone,If you want to join the DCU Marchaton but don't have a fun team yet - the Dublin Law and Politics Review is joining as a team! Only 2 places left for those wanting to join in the walking :)For those who have missed the email on marchaton here is the info below:Welcome to Marchathon 2021 – the all-Ireland Step Challenge !! This year, Sustainability DCU together with DCU Healthy and DCU Sports and Wellbeing have organised an engaging and exciting set of weekly challenges to motivate and encourage you to get those walking shoes on! Each week you and your team will be eligible to win prizes in both the internal DCU and overarching NTA challenges.For 4 weeks from Monday 1st March to Friday 28th March, Staff and Students from campuses all over the country will be aiming to get moving this March. Everyone is welcome to get involved.To take part you need to :1. Get into a team of 3 – 6 people2. Sign up online at www.activetravellogger.ie (If you have participated before you can just login or if this is your first time you will need to register your details with your DCU email address)a) Team captain: choose a team name and set your team up on the Active Travel Loggerb) Team members: sign up online at Active Travel Logger, find a team and join it.Here is a quick video guide to help youc) We will be running some team creation session’s in the last week in Feb - so don’t worry if you can’t fill your team we can help identify suitable membersd) If you sign up by 19th Feb then you will be in the hat for a small prize from the NTA.3. Step Counter — any step counter will work - you can download an app (e.g. Free Smarter Travel Step Counter), buy a pedometer, use a Fit Bit, or other step tracking device - you will need to log your steps on the www.activetravellogger.ie before 14.00 on the Monday of each week – if you can’t logon for any reason your captain can also log your steps for you.4. From 1st March to 28th March get walking where possible, try lunchtime walks, try walking meetings….aiming to increase your steps throughout the challenge and log your steps each week.5. Have Fun !Here is a link to the Participants Guide.There are lots more prizes to be won throughout the challenge so keep an eye on your emails.If you have any questions please contact me at or you can email the experts at email@example.com. Please note due to high volumes it may take up to 48 hours to respond to queries sent to this email address. Kind regards from the Sustainable Healthy Sporty Team !!!!!"
(Paul Byrne (Head of Athletics))
"DCU students Nadia Power, Sophie Becker and Andrew Coscoran have been selected for the Irish Athletics Team competing in the upcoming European Indoor Athletics Championship in Torun, Poland, March 5-7. Power, a final year MINT (Marketing, Innovation and Technology) student has enjoyed a fantastic indoor season so far and will be aiming for a place in this year’s 800 metres Indoor final after a string of personal bests and national record performances at the recent World Athletics Indoor Tour. The Dublin City Harrier club woman has posted a 2:00.98 finish this season and is ranked 7th in Europe, 10th in the world and is currently inside the World Athletics Quota ranking system for Olympic Qualification. Andrew Coscoran ran a lifetime best over 1500m at the World Indoor Tour meeting in Lievin in France this month; finishing fifth in a world class field. The final year Education and Training Student ran 3:37.20 which placed him fifth on the Irish all-time list behind Marcus O’Sullivan and Eamon Coughlan. The Dubliner is also inside the quota for Olympic qualification.Sophie Becker is also in superb form breaking her own personal best at the recent Athletics Ireland Elite Micro meeting on February 21st. She clocked 53.20 in the 400 metres and is currently the third fastest Irishwoman over this distance indoors. The Wexford athlete is the current National women’s 400m indoors and outdoors champion. Paul Byrne, Head of Athletics at DCU said, "I'm delighted for Nadia, Andrew and Sophie on their selections for European Indoors next week. All the hard work and dedication over the difficult number of months is coming to fruition. All three are sport scholarship athletes combining their academic and athletics ambitions to the highest levels. It has given everyone in DCU and DCU Athletics Club a huge boost to see them qualify and everyone is looking forward to watching them in action next week."James Galvin, Director of DCU Sports and Wellbeing commented, "I want to congratulate Nadia, Sophie and Andrew on their wonderful accomplishment of qualifying for the forthcoming European Indoor Athletics Championships. We know the commitment to hard work and long hours, largely unseen, that is required to achieve their athletic goals. We are especially proud of the academic success of these DCU student-athletes and they are to be commended for their ambition and achievements.A special mention to DCU Athletics coaches Joe Ryan and Daniel Kilgallon who coach athletes Cian McPhillips (800m), John Fitzsimons (800m) and Israel Olatunde (60m) who will also compete in Torun. DCU alumnus Paul Robinson (1500m) was also selected on the team. Pictured (l-r) Becker, Coscoran and Power in action"
(Leslie Thornton (Secretary))
"Join Rob Lauder to discuss the forgotten history around LGBT. He will be joined with the following people:Margaret Watts who will be giving a personal view on the impact of the self-imposed Hollywood morality code, (the Hays code) on the entertainment industry, and its impact on freedom of expression and the representation of members of the LGBT+ community, on and off the screen; Bioarchaeologist Tom Booth talking about how looking at aDNA and archaeology sites is creating an open space for new interpretations of LGBT+ history Representatives from the National Trust will talk about its 2017 Prejudice and Pride programming, lessons learned, its successes and what comes next.The link to this amazing event is as followshttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrate-our-lgbt-history-tickets-136415595719?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1"
(Luke Morrissey (VP for Marketing))
"ELSA DCU is hosting our Pathways from Law event on Wednesday the 24th of February @ 6:30pm. We are hosting a panel discussion about the possible uses for your law degree. If you wish to join this event you can join ELSA DCU through the link in our Instagram bio."
(Rachel Kenny (Chairperson))
"Hey guys, Volunteer Overseas Chairperson, Rachel Kenny, is doing 50km paddling in a kayak during the month of March to raise money for education programs for people in direct provision and also refugees living in Iraq. We have previously done an event with SCOOP Foundation where they spoke about the Generation Change program along with their other important projects on both a national and international level. All donations are greatly appreciated as we know it has been a very touch year for everyone. Link it donate is also provided on the poster, https://generationchange.ie/campaigns/rachel-kenny/ We will keep you update on how the fundraiser is going as we progress through the Month of March. We would love if you could support in any way that you can and keep up with Rachels progress in her training and preparation before the event kicks off on 1st of March. Wishing you all the best, Volunteers Overseas Committee "
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