Electric Picnic, Úsáid na Gaeilge, Poldark and Mahalia

News, views and opinions from Student Hub contributors and Irish Times writers

Join us for a site tour of the 2019 Electric Picnic and check out some of the new festival features such as Freetown, Spike Island and The Cabaret. Video: Bryan O’Brien


Electric Picnic festival hacks: How to save battery, choose a campsite, get some sleep - You have chosen to camp in a field for three days, limiting your access to showers and restricting yourself to one meal a day – probably a mustard-and-ketchup-covered corn dog. Read more here.

State to invest nearly €100m in five third-level building projects - The State is to contribute almost €100 million towards five higher-education building projects that look set to provide 14,000 additional places for third-level students. Read more here.

Úsáid na Gaeilge i measc mic léinn - tacaíocht riachtanach: Is minic i ‘saol na Gaeilge’ nach smaoinítear ar na foghlaimeoirí nó ar na daoine atá ag filleadh ar an teanga tar éis cúpla bliain. Bíonn sé deacair orthu siúd nach mbíonn ag staidéir ar an nGaeilge ar an tríú leibhéal a gcuid Gaeilge a choinneáil ar an gcaighdeán a bhí acu ar scoil. Read more.

“Take your shirt off!” I shout at the screen. I know it’s not dignified but I’m watching the last-ever episode of Poldark and I’ve become a fan of the Hiberno-Cornishman over the years. We’re all Poldorks now. Read more here.

With an early September release, British singer Mahalia’s debut album misses the cut-off point for the Twitter meme Hot Girl Summer, borne from Megan Thee Stallion’s song of the same name, but she’s just in time Cool Girl Autumn with her totally joyous and effortlessly slick collection of R&B and neo-soul infused songs. Read more here.

On Tuesday, a report published by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) – and funded by the HSE – claimed that one third of students are experiencing “extremely severe levels of anxiety”. Read more here.