Little Green Cars to play free gig in UCD

UCD Students’ Union (UCDSU) has tonight announced that Irish band Little Green Cars will perform a free gig for students in Astra Hall on 29 October.

Last Thursday the University Observer announced that UCDSU was to hold a ‘Secret Gig’ on campus with tickets being solely available through the UCD ENTS app. The event will be a free seated concert with students having to secure tickets through the app from 8pm tonight (Sunday).

Speaking about securing Little Green Cars as the event’s headline act, UCDSU Entertainment and Event Manager, Paul Kilgallon described it as ‘a real coup’ for UCD to have them for this free intimate gig.

On the band, who has garnered critical acclaim and a number one album, Kilgallon says ‘Little Green Cars are one of the best Irish acts around at the moment. They’ve been around for a few years now knocking the socks off of everyone who has seen them live.’

UCDSU President Feargal Hynes shares this belief saying ‘Little Green Cars are a great band and really demonstrate that the Irish music scene is thriving at the moment. We’re delighted to have them on board for this intimate, seated only gig.’

Hynes also states that this announcement proves that UCDSU are striving to have a wider choice in entertainment on campus for students. He says ‘From the Academic and Cascada at the Freshers Ball to the Comedy Festival with Des Bishop and Bernard O’Shea we really want to have something for everyone.’

UCDSU Announces Secret Gig on Campus

UCD Student’s Union (UCDSU) has today announced that it will be holding a secret gig on campus on Wednesday 29th October.

The free event will utilise UCD Ent’s app, found on both IOS and Android, that was launched at the start of the year. Tickets to the event will be available exclusively through the app, with patrons having to show they have redeemed the ticket on the night.

The event, to be held in Astra hall, will see a performance from an act that’s debut album went to number one. Speaking exclusively to the University Observer, UCDSU Enterainment and Event Manager, Paul Kilgallon said ‘We are delighted to have this chart topping act on board for a gig on the 29th of October.’

The act will remain a secret until Sunday with Kilgallon explaining ‘All will be revealed this Sunday at 6pm! Tickets will be available exclusively through the UCD Ents app from Sunday onwards.’

UCDSU President, Feargal Hynes also expressed his delight in the announcement saying ‘We always strive for diversity in the talent we bring to UCD and we believe we are doing just that with this act. I’m personally a huge fan of this act and really excited to hear the act live in UCD.,

This announcement brings the newest reward available to students who have downloaded the UCD ENT’s app. The app, which was a manifesto promise from Hynes, was launched to allow students to redeem offers and vouchers from a range of companies and also to buy tickets for UCD ENTS events throughout the year in a simple and quick manner.

UCD Comedy Festival lineup announced

The lineup for the UCD Comedy Festival has been announced by UCD Ents. The festival, which take place from November 4th – 6th in Astra Hall, is headlined by Des Bishop, Karl Spain, and Bernard O’Shea. Des Bishop, who is performing on the opening night of the festival, will be performing a homecoming show after spending a year in China. The Wednesday night lineup includes some of Dublin’s most notable up-and-coming comedians, including Al Porter, Marcus O’Laoire and Ryan Cullen.

Tickets are on sale now, with three day passes available only from the UCD Ents app. See below for the full lineup:

Des Bishop
Special guest

Al Porter (Vicar St, Electric Picnic)
Pat McDonnell (Vicar St, Father Ted)
Ryan Cullen (winner Capital Comedy Club New Comedy Award 2013)
Marcus O’Laoire (Vicar St, UCD Fashion Show)

Bernard O’Shea (Republic of Telly)
Karl Spain (The Panel)

UCD Students Will Not Participate in National Rally

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are holding a national rally for education on 8th October (today) to highlight the group’s pre-budget submission, ahead of Budget 2015 which will be announced on Tuesday 14th October.

On the significance of this rally and the group’s pre-budget submission USI President, Laura Harmon told the University Observer ‘This is the first national pre-budget demonstration in three years.’ This march also marks the first time the USI has had organisation such as SIPTU, IFUT and the TUI supporting its cause and joining them on the march.

Harmon explains that the rally will ‘highlight our pre-budget aims to protect student supports and our belief that education is a public good.’ The rally itself will also be used to highlight the positive contributions that students have to make to society as a whole.

Ahead of the rally, set to take place this Wednesday, the USI sent UCDSU an invitation to take part in the rally alongside them, despite the fact UCD voted to leave the USI last year. The referendum held in UCD last February saw 64.5% of voters vote in favour of ending UCDSU’s membership of the USI.

Explaining the reason behind inviting non-affiliated students Harmon says ‘I felt as a measure of good will to non-affiliated students, it would be good to extend an invitation. I brought a motion to our national meeting and it passed so I issued the invite. Many non-affiliates will be joining us on the day.’

This point was elaborated on by UCDSU President, Feargal Hynes, in a statement to the University Observer in which he said ‘The invitation came as part of talks between Laura and myself earlier in the year and it was agreed that where there was an event where we shared the same end goal, that we would consider working together on it.’

However following a meeting of the UCDSU Executives last week, the decision was made not to take part in the rally. Hynes explains that he brought the invitation to the group and ‘ we voted not to participate and to focus on our aim at the start of the year to build our presence on campus and to concentrate on re-engaging students in Belfield.’ He added that UCDSU will be working alongside USI in the upcoming Marriage Equality Referendum.

The rally, which will see students from around the country marching from the Garden of Remembrance to Molesworth Street, opposite the Houses of the Oireachtas, has taken on a distinctively creative theme this year. The event will see preformances by Temper-Mental Miss Elayneous and breakout Irish band, The Original Rude Boys. Commenting on the creative direction the rally has taken and the presence of The Original Rude Boys at the event Harmon says ‘They were students themselves in NCI and they believe in the messages of our campaign. We have a taken a more creative approach to the campaign this year and it’s great to have such talented artists in board.’

In the groups pre-budget supmission it has lobbied public representatives on the protection of the student maintenance grant and also the Back to Education allowance.It also highlights the decrease in the Student Assistance Fund and the student accommodation issue as areas of concern. ‘We are also calling for the return of the €25million to overall HEI funding that was withheld in Budget 2013 and 2014’ explains Harmon who will be meeting with Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan, again the day after the Budget.

UCD School of Social Justice to host graduate conference

This Saturday sees the UCD School of Social Justice welcome graduates and guests from across Ireland, for their graduate conference “Challenging Injustice in Ireland: Learning from the Past, Actions for the Future”. The conference will consist of 40 graduates, presenting their research on a variety of themes relating to injustice in Ireland over the years and where they believe it is going to. The conference will consist of a mixture of short and long speeches varying from 5 to 15 minutes in length and a panel discussion.

The topics include, but are not limited to; gender, education, politics development, equality and women’s studies. Guests include Minister of State for Equality, New Communities and Culture Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, Professor Peadar Kirby, Professor Emeritus, International Politics and Public Policy at the University of Limerick, journalist and commentator Vincent Browne, Cathleen O’Neill of the Kilbarrack Community Development Project, Professor Kathleen Lynch of the UCD School of Social Justice, and Professor Emeritus of the UCD School of Social Justice John Baker.

Students, staff and visitors are all welcome to attend and are invited to register prior to the event. The conference, which is free to attend, will be held in the Fitzgerald Chamber this Saturday, 4th October 10 am to 4.30 pm.