Dublin and I

Seomra Spraoi! See my previous post for more information.

April 4, 2012

Unfortunately my camera’s memory was full so I only got a short fragment of their performance, but this is just an attempt to show you why I love this place called Seomra Spraoi, where I often go for very good (vegan) food, meeting nice new people, and occassionally, live music.

I don’t know the girl’s name, but the guy is Eli Wirtschafter, a pretty cool student/musician from California who is currently studying at Trinity for just one semester. I thought their voices and instruments combined very well, and I hope they’ll perform at Seomra more often.

This week was Rainbow Week at UCD, which means a number of events were organised to raise awareness about issues that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people have to deal with, and promote acceptance, and protest about the fact that these people do not have equal rights (compared to other people) by law.
To protest against the law which illegalises same-sex marriages in Ireland, the LGBT society organised a Pride March, which means we all walked from the Student Centre towards the UCD lake with rainbow flags, shouting “What do we want? Equal rights! When do we want it? Now!” and then held 3 mock gay weddings. This means we went through a little ceremony where three same-sex couples were “married”. It was a lot of fun, see the pictures and video below :)

This week was Rainbow Week at UCD, which means a number of events were organised to raise awareness about issues that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people have to deal with, and promote acceptance, and protest about the fact that these people do not have equal rights (compared to other people) by law.

To protest against the law which illegalises same-sex marriages in Ireland, the LGBT society organised a Pride March, which means we all walked from the Student Centre towards the UCD lake with rainbow flags, shouting “What do we want? Equal rights! When do we want it? Now!” and then held 3 mock gay weddings. This means we went through a little ceremony where three same-sex couples were “married”. It was a lot of fun, see the pictures and video below :)

Part of the wedding ceremony. Three couples at the same time, that must be a record!

Another happy ending :3

And then the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, came to give a talk here at UCD. I know very little about Irish politics, but this seemed like a good opportunity for me to learn a little more about it. It was actually quite inspiring! He talked of hope, and our abilities as individuals to make a change.
The most exciting part, however, was when a former student of his (probably from his time as a lecturer at University College Galway) stood up in the audience and (quite loudly) asked why Mr Higgins did not go back to being a university teacher, as this would the best way to get to his message across to people and make a real change (in his eyes), rather than being in politics. Mr Higgins thanked him and replied that the student was a much better speaker than he himself would ever be.

And then the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, came to give a talk here at UCD. I know very little about Irish politics, but this seemed like a good opportunity for me to learn a little more about it. It was actually quite inspiring! He talked of hope, and our abilities as individuals to make a change.

The most exciting part, however, was when a former student of his (probably from his time as a lecturer at University College Galway) stood up in the audience and (quite loudly) asked why Mr Higgins did not go back to being a university teacher, as this would the best way to get to his message across to people and make a real change (in his eyes), rather than being in politics. Mr Higgins thanked him and replied that the student was a much better speaker than he himself would ever be.

A little fragment of the President’s talk.

Big Day Out celebrations (the day after St Patrick’s Day), at Merrion Square.

More St Patrick’s Day Parade.