New SFI medal to be presented annually to US-based Irish scientist

Posted in Governance and administration on March 19th, 2013 by steve

“Details of a new medal to honour a distinguished Irish scientist living and working in the United States were announced today in Washington by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) St Patrick’s Day Medal will be presented annually …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 19 MArch]

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Students who get drunk and riot are just following an ancient stereotype

Posted in Life on March 19th, 2013 by steve

“It is a sorry reflection on how we handle St Patrick’s Day that when it’s over, we’re always relieved if we haven’t made complete fools of ourselves once again …” (more)

[Independent, 19 March]

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Zero tolerance to street drinking this weekend

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2013 by steve

“Gardaí in Galway have pledged to implement a ‘zero tolerance’ policy against street drinking throughout the city as they prepare for what is normally the busiest event of the year for public order offences on St Patrick’s Day …” (more)

[Ciaran Tierney, Galway City Tribune, 15 March]

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Queen’s should tackle alcohol abuse by students

Posted in Legal issues on December 12th, 2012 by steve

“Amendments to the licensing laws to help curb drink promotions and serious anti-social behaviour are to be welcomed. Belfast City Council’s proposal to have an alcohol-free St Patrick’s Day festival (News, November 27) is also to be commended …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 12 December]

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Holyland policing on St Patrick’s Day exceeded £100K

Posted in Governance and administration on April 26th, 2012 by steve

“The cost of policing the Holyland area of Belfast over the St Patrick’s Day weekend this year exceeded £100,000. The total cost of policing the area on 15, 16 and 17 March came to £109,244. It does not include costs incurred by the council or the universities …” (more)

[BBC News, 26 April]

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Police ‘content’ with St Patrick’s in Holyland

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 18th, 2012 by steve

“The PSNI has said they were ‘content’ with events in south Belfast’s Holyland area on St Patrick’s Day. Police officers, alongside officials from the city Council, the University of Ulster and Queen’s had been patrolling the area since Thursday …” (more)

[BBC News, 18 March]

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Slave trader or saint? Doubt over Patrick’s origins

Posted in Research on March 17th, 2012 by steve

“… The classic telling of St Patrick’s life suggests he was abducted from western Britain in his adolescence and forced to work unpaid. But a new study by Cambridge University dismisses this as ‘fiction’ and argues the saint fled to Ireland deliberately to avoid becoming a Roman tax collector and took up a job as a slave trader instead …” (more)

[Stephen Cummings, Independent, 17 March]

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St Patrick’s Day: The Most Irish Colleges

Posted in Life on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“It’s time to drop green food coloring in your drink, listen to Dropkick Murphys, and head to the nearest parade. You guessed it – it’s almost St Patrick’s Day! Just over half of Americans are planning to celebrate St Paddy’s Day this Saturday, and college students are no exception …” (more)

[Huffington Post, 16 March]

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Eight arrested in Holyland unrest

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 16th, 2012 by steve

“Eight people were arrested overnight in the Holyland area of Belfast for a range of anti-social behaviour. Police officers and representatives of the University of Ulster and Queen’s were in the area from Thursday evening …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 March]

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Queen’s gives students long weekend to avoid repeat of last year’s lost weekend

Posted in Legal issues on March 14th, 2012 by steve

“Queen’s University in Belfast has said it is ‘working closely’ with statutory agencies to ensure St Patrick’s Day revelries pass off peacefully this year. Recent years have seen large-scale disturbances and anti-social behaviour on March 17th …” (more)

[Una Bradley, Irish Times, 14 March]

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Ulster VC and Student President Issue Warning To Students Over St Patrick’s Day Behaviour

Posted in Legal issues on March 13th, 2012 by steve

“The University of Ulster and the University of Ulster Students’ Union have issued a hard-hitting letter to students warning them of the consequences of anti-social behaviour over the St Patrick’s Day period. The letter (copy below) is signed by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard Barnett and Overall Student President Claire Flanagan …” (more)

[University of Ulster News Release, 13 March]

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Campaign to end ‘drink-fuelled mess’ on March 17th

Posted in Governance and administration on March 12th, 2012 by steve

“A Galway city councillor says he has won support for efforts to avoid the ‘drink-fuelled mess’ that the city has become on St Patrick’s Day in recent years …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 12 March]

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University urges drink retailers to call time on booze deals for students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2012 by steve

“The University of Ulster has called on retail drink outlets not to target cheap drinks promotions at students over the St Patrick’s Day period …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 10 March]

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Queen’s University Belfast’s ‘softly approach’ to St Patrick’s Day blasted by University of Ulster

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2012 by steve

“A row has erupted between Northern Ireland’s two main universities over how to stop student riots engulfing the Holylands area of Belfast on St Patrick’s Day. The University of Ulster has accused Queen’s University of encouraging a ‘four-day party’ by giving its students two extra days off to mark March 17 this year …” (more)

[Lesley-Ann McKeown, Belfast Telegraph, 29 February]

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UL founding president Ed Walsh named as Limerick’s grand marshal for Paddy’s Day parade

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2012 by steve

“Dr Ed Walsh has been announced as the Grand Marshal for the 2012 Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade. Dr Walsh, a Freeman of the City and the founding president of the University of Limerick (UL) was unveiled at the St Patrick’s Festival launch …” (more)

[Alan Owens, Limerick Leader, 29 February]

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Belfast students get St Patrick’s expulsion warning

Posted in Legal issues on February 23rd, 2012 by steve

“The University of Ulster has warned students who get involved in trouble on St Patrick’s Day they will be expelled. The university has recorded a video message which will be sent to all students ahead of St Patrick’s Day …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 February]

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