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Halloween in Dublin!

This time last week Halloween was upon us, so we thought we would let our Ambassadors tell you how they spent theirs in Dublin (and what advice they would give to Trinity students for next year!)


butlersHi Everyone I’m Cindy an ambassador from the Global Room. I would have to say I’m a big fan of chocolate, and one of my favorite places to have chocolate or hot chocolate for this chilly weather is called “Butlers”. Butlers has a Halloween chocolate extravaganza event each year. Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in their scariest Halloween costumes, and are invited on a stroll around the chocolate museum. You can enjoy the aroma from the chocolate gallery as you can see Bulters’ Chocolate Factory. It’s a once in a lifetime chocolate experience!

– Cindy


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Dressing up for Halloween is a must. Stuck for costume money? I know a friend who painted a cardboard box from Lidl into a Box of Cornflakes and wore it (creative and cheap!) Attend one of the Halloween events organised by any of the societies that you’ve joined and you won’t only get the thrill of dressing up, you’ll be doing it together with your friends!

– Audrey Chew


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Since coming to college, my favorite event every year has, without a doubt, been QSoc’s Rocky Horror Screening which happens the week of Halloween. For the past two years we’ve held it in the Global Room (the most amazing venue for it on campus!) A 12 screen TV and multicolored lighting definitely added to the whole experience!

The organization that goes into putting on Rocky Horror was fairly complicated – from arranging for each member of the committee to be a different character (I was Rocky, finally a use for gold leggings) to sourcing about 6 pans worth of toast, playing cards, balloons, newspapers and confetti poppers. We were all so frantic by 7pm we very nearly forgot to bring the disc of the film itself!

The event itself was, as always, one of our best attended and many really committed to dressing up in character. I won’t spoil too many of the surprises for those of you who haven’t been to a screening yet, but it was a great night and I’m already excited for next year’s!

– Elaine


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If you are foreigner in Ireland  and want to get the brightest Halloween sensations and memories – the best place in Dublin on the evening is Temple Bar (the area on the South bank of the River Liffey, and the city’s cultural quarter). It has a lively nightlife, with locations including the Palace Bar, the Temple Bar Pub, Oliver St.John Gogarty’s and the Auld Dubliner.

– Anna


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In my experience, Hallowe’en Hype has grown exponentially.  While it was always on my list of favorite holidays, since moving to Dublin three years ago it has skyrocketed to the top.  It seems for the average person, enthusiasm ebbs and flows – childhood glee versus teenage disinterest (too cool to dress CRAZY up are we?)

One of the greatest things about college celebrations is that you cannot go over the top. In addition, Dublin is a city that commits to the cause with such dedication. It is completely acceptable to dress up every day of the week surrounding the 31st October. The real question is – which day and when will you partake in the ghoulish festivities at Hallowe’en?

My advice is to scope out what’s happening the week before – every club chooses its own Hallowe’en day, every society celebrates through its own characteristic medium.  Weigh up which appeals to you the most, and commit, commit, commit!

This year, I decided to sprint through the atmospheric combination of heavy rain in the old, cobbled front square to find refuge in the dimly lit chapel.  Waiting for me was a large projector of the silent 1925 version of “Phantom of the Opera”, complete with LIVE accompaniment on Trinity’s magnificent old organ by the extremely talented Rónán Murray.   It was a suitably chilling and atmospheric indulgence in the sinister celebration of Hallowe’en.

– Byrne Hacking, JS Theoretical Physics


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In South Korea (where I am from) Halloween is new and has only started being celebrated in recent years. It is fascinating to experience Halloween in Ireland and when I share my photos with my family and friends who are living in Korea they are quiet impressed by how people enjoy such an occasion. On Halloween I will usually meet up with Korean friends who are new to Ireland. This year we went to the city center, to meet others new to the excitement of Halloween. I don’t drink alcohol, but even sober there was a great atmosphere. Throughout the night we took pictures of eachother’s costumes, chatted and enjoyed eachother’s company.

– Sangyeob


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I spent the weekend of Halloween in Cavan with the Trinity Trampoline Club, training and socialising with other clubs around Ireland. After the first day of training we all enjoyed a few drinks and made amazing new friends. The second night of this trip was even better as a costume contest was on the cards. Alas, it was not my year to win it (I was Charizard!), as Tulisa just snagged top spot with an exploding Microphone (I swear I’m not bitter 😛 ). This was my second year in Cavan and it just keeps getting better with more interesting people to meet. I am already counting down the days to next year’s trip away.

– Sean

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Edinburgh and Back: A Tramps Tale

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Friday the 7th of February marked the start of our wondrous trip to the land of Edinburgh where the Trinity Trampoliners would compete at the Scottish Student Trampoline Open (SSTO). At about 2am Iain and I arose from our slumber with the stellar idea of making pancakes for the rest of our group, although it seemed like a great Idea at the time, we would have given our kingdoms for that extra hour of sleep we denied ourselves, needless to say, we were exhausted.

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However, our faithful sidekick, Owen came to our rescue and took over the pancake making duties. We stacked them as high as we could and stuffed them with as many blueberries and cherries as we could. It was a feast you would happily present to royalty!

When we arrived at the airport, It was agreed that myself and Ciaran would protect Owen and the bounty of pancakes he carried from the inevitable onslaught of tired and hungry Tramps (trampoliners). The pancakes were a success and marked the start of an epic journey that would bring us to the land of the Scots for some bouncing, some drinks and some socialising with clubs from around England, Ireland and Scotland.  The flight was too short for my liking; I would have loved to sneak in an extra hours nap before arriving in Edinburgh.

We all hopped on the bus and journeyed to Edinburgh, admiring the sights as we passed and even debating the sneaky stop off at Edinburgh Zoo. We decided against this as we had a long day ahead of us and we needed to get some rest before the evening training session and the following “social” session.

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Edinburgh has got to be the most beautiful city I have ever been to. The architecture and design is absolutely amazing. You could happily wander for hours, lose track of time and accomplish nothing, but it would still be worth every minute of the trek.  My only regret is that I did not get to climb Arthur’s seat again. I had climbed it on a previous trip to Scotland but would have treasured another chance to scale the mountain. One thing to note in Edinburgh, they love their hills. If you aren’t going up one hill, you are going down another. It is amazing exercise. . . If you’re into that sorta thing. I can’t give a list of what to visit as everything is just so fantastic, but visit as much as you can and take it all in. The scenery is amazing, the people are lovely and the history is incredible. The only thing I liked more than all of this was the price of everything! It was so chea. . . .affordable!

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After we hopped off the bus we made our way to the hostel as everyone was wrecked from a combination of a lack of sleep and the travel; It does take its toll on us. When we arrived at the hostel, we discovered our rooms were not ready and would not be ready until 1 (We arrived at 10am) Groups of us wandered the city. Some of us went for breakfast in this really nice café while others went to visit the Castle on the Rock, which is a must see for anyone travelling to Edinburgh. It is a phenomenal piece of architecture and an extreme feat of engineering.

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Definitely worth a look see. Admission is a bit pricey but you won’t regret it. After all this exploration it was time to return to our hostel and hibernate until training. I, unfortunately did not avail of this time to catch up on sleep. I went around to the shops to find my costume for the Tramp Social, which was themed “Super Tramp”. I inevitably ended up getting lost and couldn’t signal a taxi for the life of me, apparently I needed air traffic controller lights to get a taxi’s attention. Eventually I found the store and made it back safely to the hostel, hoping to get an hours sleep in before training, alas, this was not to be. I arrived in the door, checked in and lay down in my bed. No sooner did I have my eyes closed did the David’s rallying cry echo through the room “Ok, folks it’s time to wake up for training”

So begin the march to training. Everyone was clearly so excited to be there, and so energetic as well.

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We were training from 5-7:30, working tirelessly on our routines, concentrating on nothing but the trampoline and how we planned to conquer it on the day of competition. Well…. Maybe we were also thinking of the tramp social directly after training. Folks developing costume ideas last minute, trying to find out where we are going and most importantly, we were trying to get to know the others from the different colleges that were attending SSTO.

We had eight trampolines out, a Double move trampoline and crash mats for sleeping. Each trampoline was attended by a mix of folks from different colleges; there was no need to keep routines a secret during warm up. We all tried to help each other, matted each other and just had fun in general during training. It was like one big trampy family.

Bring on the Tramp social! Costumes galore; from Cian managing to make an amazing last minute costume (typical), Morgane going all out as Storm from the X-men and Danny actually goes as one of the Super Tramps from the 70’s.

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We enjoyed a few drinks in the hostel before moving out to the club where we were joined by the other clubs competing at SSTO, it was a full house. The drinks flowed and fun was had by all.

We were all shocked to hear that the clubs stayed open until 4am. So shocked that Danny and Aideen didn’t believe us. They just weren’t ready for such epic news. We all made the rounds chatting to folks in other clubs that we had known previously or meeting new people and making friends there and then. One thing that can be said about tramps is that we are a very sociable people. These are the friendliest bunch of people I have had the pleasure of meeting, no matter what college they are from. You can walk up to anyone of them and strike up a conversation and be best buddies within an hour.  Unfortunately, I was running on fumes by Midnight, as I didn’t get my nap earlier in the day so I had to excuse myself from the festivities, knowing full well it would work out for the best for Saturday night.

Competition day! Everyone was up at the crack of Aideen’s whip for their trampoline flights. Most of us weren’t due to compete until 11am or 2pm, but we all went at 9 to support our team mates, such is the comradery of the Trampoline club.

Everyone showed up with smiling faces and ready to face the day. The excitement was setting in for everyone and we were all ready to compete at our designated levels.

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We had competitors in almost every level of the competition and every one of us gave it our best. In our heads, we all hoped we medalled or at least placed well,  but we were happy to be there, to represent our club and our college in SSTO, and I feel we have done the Trinity name and the Trampoline club name proud and conducted ourselves with dignity throughout the whole trip and competition, one might even say we added some of our own flair and grace to the trip.

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SSTO was filled with solid competitors at all levels from all over England, Scotland and Ireland. Some even competes on an elite International level.

I messed up my first routine, so was convinced to do something to surprise the judges. Myself and Danny decided that it was necessary to do a Crash Dive to front drop at the start of my routine. This had the desire effect and the look of horror on the judges faces cannot be fully described in words, but I will say it was probably one of the funniest things I have seen in a while.

This was definitely an experience to remember for all of us and not one we will forget any time soon. It will also prepare us for our upcoming colours completion against UCD and for ISTO which is in April and is being held in Belfast.

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We had our final Tramp social on Saturday night as a way of saying well done and you guys were awesome. It was a chance for us to blow off some steam before heading back home on Sunday evening.

The Dreaded Sunday morning where we just wished we could all sleep until the end of time. We all got up early to head to the fun events such as Synchro, DMT and Two trick. Needless to say, some of us were a bit. . . Exhausted from the last 2 days. We had entries in the first 3 levels of the 2 trick events which was amazingly fun.

Recovery was on the agenda for most on that Sunday though.

The Synchro event was incredible. We had multiple teams entered in different categories and they all looked amazing.

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Big congratulations to Paul and Ciaran and David and Paul who medalled in synchro, Silver and bronze respectively. It was an amazing showing.

This was probably one of the best rips I have ever taken and It was an experience I will never forget. I would like to thank the committee for organising it so well and an honourable mention to David O’Driscoll and Aideen Ni Choileain for organising everything for us and making this a trip for the ages.  Hon the Tramps!

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–John

Bouncing into clubs & societies

During the first week of term, over 200 clubs, societies and publications set up tables in Front Square to recruit new members. Take a look: 

Being a student in Trinity,I am quite lucky to be able to join the approximately 200 clubs and societies in college. Each society and club has its own attraction and its own identity. I have joined an array of different groups during my time here in Trinity,and by the time I am done, I will probably have joined a lot more. One thing they all have in common, is that the moment you join,from the first event you attend right through to the last, you are made feel welcome and like a true part of the society. To talk about every society and club I am involved in would take aeons, so I will concentrate on giving a thorough look on the one currently in favour. This Club has made life in Trinity so enjoyable that I don’t see myself leaving the club,even after graduation.

The Club I’m talking about is the Trampoline Club. From the moment I joined,I felt like a real part of the club, from being trained by the Club’s amazing coaches, to drinking with the fantastic members and committee. I am extremely happy to belong to a Club with such dedication to making its members as happy as they can be here in Trinity. If you wish to compete at a very high level for the College,or if you wish to just learn how to bounce for the fun of it, they offer both of these levels and everything in between.

As far as the Social aspect of the Club,it is the closest group of people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Everyone looks out for everyone, no exceptions. The events that are organised are so much fun,before it is over, you are already wondering when the next event will take place,and fortunately,we never have long to wait. There is always something going on, from competitions, training weekends in Cavan, Fancy Dress, Pyjama bouncing and night time socializing.

As I said, this is just one of many clubs in Trinity,each with their own take on college life. Finding the right society or club to fit into isn’t a hard task. The hard part is only picking a few to fully immerse yourself in. If I could give any advice, it would be to join as many as you can in first year and use the process of elimination to find your favourite.

–Student Ambassador, John Murray