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Deborah Ryan’s Christmas Ham (hang) Fritters

Deborah Ryan’s Christmas Ham (hang) Fritters


Just 1 per cent of Traveller children progress to third-level education compared with more than half of the wider community, latest figures show. The finding is contained in a review of the Government’s plan to boost numbers of marginalised groups in the higher-education system. Carl O’Brien reports.

An early-morning alarm followed by a coffee, some study and an exam will sound like a familiar enough experience for many a third-level student. Add some festive music and a sprinkling of talented media students and all of a sudden you have the makings of a short film. Read more here.

John Steinbeck, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, died 50 years ago today. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Ten years before that he paid a visit to Ireland to trace his ancestral roots. Brian Maye reports.

The Student Digestive: Deborah Ryan’s Christmas Ham (hang) Fritters. Read more here.

Dublin Film Critics’ Circle has, somewhat unexpectedly, named Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born as the best film of 2018. The fourth version of that Hollywood warhorse was very well reviewed but is notably more mainstream than most of the other films the circle has listed, writes Donald Clarke.

A senior UCD academic has been appointed president of the Technological University Dublin. The new institution - due to be formally established in January from the merger of Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown - will be the country’s biggest third level institution with 28,000 students. Carl O’Brien reports.

The first in a series of world-class academic appointments aimed at capitalising on Brexit and uncertainty in the US is to be announced on Wednesday. Read more here.

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