Back to Maynooth

Posted in Life on March 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“So here I am back in Maynooth. The University re-opened on Monday after being closed from Wednesday last week owing to the extremely bad weather. I’m told the snow was several feet deep and the town was virtually cut off until the weekend. There is still some snow lying here and there, but …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 March]

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“unfair”? Making up for lost class time

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“This morning it is reported in the Irish Independent that the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) have said that it would be ‘very unfair’ to shorten Easter holidays to make up for days lost due to bad weather. This might sound like a little bit of moaning to those in the private sector, but the statement comes just two weeks before the Easter holidays, and no doubt teachers as well as students and their parents will have plans in place for the two week break …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 7 March]

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Trinity’s Storm Communication Leaves a Lot To Be Desired

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In any year, it would be atypical for the College to close its doors to everyone except residents for a day due to weather. But this academic year has seen Trinity reluctantly shut down for a cumulative five or so days. After October’s unorthodox tropical storm Ophelia shook the country and left Trinity stumped at how to react – staying silent about arrangements until the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, announced a blanket closure of all education institutions …” (more)

[University Times, 4 March]

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Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Where possible schools, colleges of further education and third level institutions will re-open on Monday. However, decisions will be made by schools, colleges of further education and third level institutions on an individual basis depending on the circumstances and conditions in their area …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 March]

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Trinity’s Campus Prepares for the Worst

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In a half-empty campus, as the remaining residents stayed in bed, Trinity’s Estates and Facilities team was out this morning ensuring College stays safe during the oncoming storm. With the country preparing for what many predict to be the worst snowstorm in decades, the Estates and Facilities team were this morning busy making paths, salting doorsteps and ensuring campus remains hospitable …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 1 March]

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Snowbound academics are better academics

Posted in Life on March 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Like most people in Ireland, I am working at home today. We got quite a dump of snow in the last two days, and there is no question of going anywhere until the roads clear. Worse, our college closed quite abruptly …” (more)

[Antimatter, 2 March]


Nursing Students Criticise Trinity, Amid Placement Confusion

Posted in Governance and administration on March 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Nursing students have accused Trinity of abandoning them today and ignoring the impact the snowy weather would have on students attending placement. With Trinity remaining resolutely open this morning, even as other colleges closed their doors, nursing students on placement were left unsure what to expect …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 28 February]

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Snow means no classes #sneachta

Posted in Teaching on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the whole country shutting down and joking about bread for sale on Donedeal, it was inevitable that NCI would close too because of the bad weather. Many of our students travel long distances to College and it would have been unfair to expect them to attend lectures. Classes for Thursday and Friday are also cancelled. Interestingly, online classes are cancelled too …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 28 February]

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Statement from the Department of Education and Skills

Posted in Governance and administration on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Given the disruption to transport and the safety risks arising, most particularly in relation to the ability to get home safely before blizzard like conditions hit Munster and Leinster, all schools, third level institutions, colleges and centres of further education in red areas will be closed tomorrow and Friday …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 28 February]

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Maynooth in the Snow

Posted in Life on February 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been very little snow in Cardiff (so far) but there have been heavy falls in Maynooth. The above picture was tweeted by Maynooth University this morning, along with an announcement that the campus is closed today (and probably until Friday …” (more)

[In the Dark, 28 February]

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School tours and exams could be cut to make up for snow days

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2011 by steve

“The country’s secondary schools may be forced to cut the number of days assigned for end-of-year exams – in order to make up for the days lost to the cold weather earlier this month …” (more)

[, 29 January]

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Stuck at the airport: that in-between time again

Posted in Life on December 24th, 2010 by steve

“I’m still hoping to get back to Ireland for Christmas Day, but it’s now midday on Christmas Eve and I haven’t made it any further than Boston airport. The problem is, as everybody knows, many European airports like Dublin and Heathrow are experiencing large snowfalls and freezing conditions this week …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Antimatter, 24 December]

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Seasonal message

Posted in Life on December 24th, 2010 by steve

“People of Ireland:1)Clear snow from car roofs 2)Turn on headlights 3)Slow the eff down 4)Let someone out of junctions! It’s Xmas! Pls RT!” (tweet)

[Jane Travers, Twitter, 23 December]

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A day working from home

Posted in Life on December 23rd, 2010 by steve

8.00 am Resolve that today is the day I will seriously engage with referee comments on a paper. Best to go in to office at work, where there are no distractions right now. Get up and don tights, vests, jumper, warm trousers, boots, cardigan, gloves and quilted Canadian coat with hood. Look more like Michelin Man than usual …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 23 December]

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Snow @ NUIM

Posted in Life on December 21st, 2010 by steve

“NUI Maynooth is now closed due to the snow and will reopen on 4th January. If you are stuck here due to the weather, or living on Campus …” (more)

[NUI Maynooth Study Abroad, Facebook, 21 December]

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Snow @ UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2010 by steve

“Tuesday 21st December: URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT – All examinations scheduled for 6.00pm on Tuesday 21st December and all exam sessions on Wednesday 22nd December postponed …” (more)

[UCD News, 21 December]

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Whoops! Video of Limerick students on the slide proves a huge YouTube hit

Posted in Life on December 10th, 2010 by steve

“A Youtube video featuring students falling on a frozen path near the University of Limerick is proving to be an internet sensation. Almost 170,000 people have already viewed the three minute video which was posted on the popular website last Saturday evening …” (more)

[David Hurley, Limerick Leader, 10 December]

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Some Pictures Around UL

Posted in Life on December 10th, 2010 by steve

“I do hate the cold, but one good thing to come out of this recent snap is that there are some incredibly picturesque scenes. I am trying my hardest to procrastinate so here are a few pics I took around UL …” (more)

[, 10 December]

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CIT campuses closes due to ice

Posted in Governance and administration, Life on December 3rd, 2010 by steve

“CIT closes as icy conditions continue. CIT’s campus was closed for a number of hours early this afternoon due to the inclement weather conditions …” (more)

[Cork Student News, 3 December]

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Schools, colleges forced to close

Posted in Life on December 2nd, 2010 by steve

“The worsening weather wreaked more havoc on the education system yesterday as primary and secondary schools and a number of third-level colleges were forced to close. UCD, DCU and Dublin Institute of Technology all shut down yesterday and are not expected to re-open until at least lunchtime today …” (more)

[Independent, 2 December]