NUIG to go potty for Harry as wizard convention comes west

Posted in Life on January 23rd, 2014 by steve

“NUI Galway will host Ireland’s only Harry Potter Convention when PotterFest Galway takes place from January 31 to February 2 in the university’s Bailey Allen Hall …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 23 January]

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Trinity’s Horrible Histories

Posted in Life on November 1st, 2013 by steve

“Whether you’re new to campus and want an excuse to go exploring or need to top up the booze fund by setting up fake Trinity tours, Rachel Lavin explores five of Trinity’s spookiest attractions to visit during this Halloween season …” (more)

[Trinity News, 1 November]

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Meara Kills Hogwarts Dream

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

“DITSU’s Ents Officer Will Meara has shattered hopes that DIT might be transformed into Hogwarts for RAG week next spring …” (more)

[Stephen Bourke, The Edition, 10 November]

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Plans to turn DIT into Hogwarts for RAG Week

Posted in Life on October 25th, 2012 by steve

“Hogwarts is to arrive at DIT in time for Rag Week – or at least that is what the rumours would have you believe. This year’s RAG week is planned for next February, and the rumour mill is already churning out every suggestion for the theme …” (more)

[Rachael O’Brien, The Edition, 25 October]

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Queer wizards, Freud and BDSM: Harry Potter in UL

Posted in Research on July 25th, 2012 by steve

“… Ireland’s first ever conference on Harry Potter had come, Magic is Might, had begun. They came from Canada, the United States, South Africa, Norway, the UK and possibly even Diagon Alley, judging by the ties and shirts in house colours, the distinctly magical jewellery (Was that a Golden Snitch bracelet?) and the range of opinions on house-elves …” (more)

[Darragh Roche, An Focal, 25 July]

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In praise of Potter: Abbot of Glenstal lauds Harry at UL conference

Posted in Research on July 25th, 2012 by steve

“The Abbot of Glenstal Mark Patrick Hederman, a self-confessed avid Harry Potter fan, has labelled the prodigiously successful series of books ‘the most influential writing in the history of the planet’ …” (more)

[Alan Owens, Limerick Leader, 25 July]

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Limerick conference pays homage to magic Harry Potter phenomenon

Posted in Research on July 25th, 2012 by steve

“Wizards, muggles and established academics joined forces at the University of Limerick yesterday where JK Rowling fans from around the world gathered to discuss the cultural impact of the Harry Potter phenomenon …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 25 July]

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UL turns into mini-Hogwarts for Harry Potter series

Posted in Research on July 24th, 2012 by steve

“The University of Limerick turned into a mini Hogwarts this week, as academics from around the globe flew in to discuss the cultural impact of the Harry Potter series …” (more)

[Anne Sheridan, Limerick Leader, 24 July]

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Anyone for Quidditch? Harry Potter game kicks off at Oxford

Posted in Life on January 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Huddled together in the chill January wind, the players listened as a PPE fresher in a black cape read the rules of the game: a Quaffle through a hoop would score 10 points, capturing the Snitch would yield a bountiful 30, and under no circumstances was there to be any ‘grabbing of broomsticks’ …” (more)

[Lizzy Davies, Guardian, 23 January]

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