Back to the Grind

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

So, we made it through the first week back! I hope you are all settling back into college life after the holiday season. Personally, I’m delighted to be back after a month’s holiday and I am feeling very well rested and ready for action with my course.

For those of you who are not necessarily feeling the transition back to college after the exams, please feel free to contact anyone here at The Hub in Áras Mac Léinn. We are more than happy to advise you on the services available to you both on and off campus.

2018 marks a very exciting year for the newly established WELL Crew (Wellness, Entertainment, Leisure & Lifestyle). Just a few exciting upcoming events/programmes to mention are Operation Transformation, Mystery Meal Challenge and Lip-sync Battles. Everyone is welcome to take part in all of these events or please come to visit us even if you would like to be a spectator and spur the amazing participants on.

Just a reminder that The Kitchen is open to all students at the following times:

Monday – Friday 8.30am-10am

Monday – Thursday 12pm- 6pm

Friday 12pm – 5pm

Saturday 12pm- 6pm

Sunday 3pm – 7pm

The Kitchen is bookable by all students outside of these hours by visiting the following website:

The Community Connector, Niall, is back this semester as well. He hosts TGI Fridays at The Hub every week between 5pm- 8pm, and Global Lounge every Saturday in The Hub from 12pm-3pm. These are friendly environments where students can come and watch movies or play board games, and always involve free nibbles and tea. Niall works with students in an easy-going, non-directive way to support them and make new social connections.

If you have any questions big or small regarding anything on or off campus, please feel free to pop into The Hub where myself or any of the members of the WELL Crew will be happy to assist. I look forward to seeing you all over the semester.

Mise le meas,








JJ’s Top Tips for Kitchen Cleanliness

One of the number one comments I hear when people enter the Kitchen in the HUB is “wow, it’s so clean”. The second most common comment is “this kitchen is so great, I love the free tea”.

The new student kitchen has now been open for nearly two months and every day there are new people discovering its potential. The kitchen is YOUR kitchen, a space where you can let your gastronomical imagination run wild. However, the kitchen is also a common area shared by many and requires respect from all of its users. This is why I have created my top 10 tips for Kitchen Cleanliness. These small acts will keep the kitchen clean and tidy and will go a long way to showing respect for the space.

JJ’s Top 10 Tips for Kitchen Cleanlines

  1. Wash your dishes with hot soapy water, dry them and put them away so that they are clean for others to use
  2. Rinse the sponges when you are done so bacteria doesn’t grow.
  3. Use the provided sponge cloth to wipe the counter; NOT the drying towel
  4. Use baking paper/ parchment on baking trays to reduce clean up
  5. Throw away your tea bags, empty sugar packets and stir sticks in the bin
  6. Use kitchen roll and surface spray if you if have a spill
  7. Use the microwave cover to prevent splatter, if it happens, use the surface spray and wipe right away to avoid food sticking
  8. Keep your personal belongings off the countertops so that there is space for everyone and so that germs don’t spread to the counters.
  9. Wipe out the oven when you are done, if there are crumbs or spills. This prevents burnt food from sticking and won’t affect the taste of other’s cooking
  10. Use the kitchen to get creativve with food and try healthy new recipes but remember that this is a shared space, it’s your kitchen, so we all have to work together to keep it clean and tidy!  




Megan’s Top Activities for Week 10

Hey y’all! Megan here. This is my first blog post ever, and I am excited about it! I’ve been in The Hub this afternoon (Sunday) and I’m impressed with the amount of students who have come to the kitchen to get a cup of tea or cook their dinner. It’s great to see it being used and I hope you’ll tell your friends about the kitchen and how fun it is to hang out in The Hub.

We’re starting a weekly blog highlighting different events around campus, and I was picked to go first. I had some time to check out the weekly calendar and I’ve selected my top 4 events of the week (but please don’t hesitate to check out the full calendar).

Monday, 6th November
Final Stand – Up Comedy Gig – This event combines two of my favorite activities: laughing and eating free pizza. It’s almost like the Comedy Society knows me. Weird.

Tuesday, 7th November (Tuesday is where it’s at! There are many more events on today… have a look).
Ceilli Night – This event hosted by the International Students Society in The Crane Bar sounds like great craic (am I using that right?) I love a good trad session but I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve been in Ireland for over a year and still have not learned any Irish dance moves (singing along to Toto’s “Africa” doesn’t count as a dance move, right?) This is a great opportunity to meet new people and get in on some Irish culture.

Wednesday, 8th November (Let’s hear it for hump day, what what!)
DIY Student Bike Repair Workshop – I don’t know about you, but I love doing things myself. However, when it comes to my bike, I’m pretty hopeless (I’m not even great at riding my bike, if I’m being honest), so I was excited to see this workshop hosted by the Bike Gang Soc. Maybe I can finally learn how to fix a flat.

Friday, 10th November
TGIF! – Join Niall, the Community Connector in The Hub from 5-8 to celebrate the end of the week with games, snacks and other entertainment. This is a new event, so don’t miss your chance to have some fun and provide us with your input.

Global Lounge will be an honorary mention this week. Niall is in The Hub every Saturday from 12-3pm with loads of free snacks and tea. It’s a great way to meet new people and get some socializing in.

I’ll be in The Hub a few times this week. Please don’t hesitate to come up and say hello! I hope to see some friendly faces. Don’t forget to like our page on Facebook to keep up to date with all the happenings. That’s it for me this week. I hope you enjoyed it!