The Footbridge connecting the NUI North & South Campus
Many students cross this foot bridge every day. It is the best connection between the old South Campus and the newer North Campus. It is shown here in a relatively rare setting — snow.
A view of the Pope John Paul II Memorial and the (soon to be old) facade of the NUIM Library.
Bird's eye view of the construction site for the new library extension on the NUI Maynooth south campus.
The view as you cross over the footbridge from the North Campus onto the South Campus, having just pa...
The little known (and quite small) amphitheatre on the NUI Maynooth North Campus. It can only be used...
The pedestrian crossing outside NUI Maynooth Campus at twilight.
Here's another shot from the NUI Maynooth North Campus, this time between the John Hume building and ...
My first pole panorama. It shows the western end of Maynooth and the Kilcock road.
Every spring it's the same pretty picture around here — Daffodils all over the place :-)
Here's a somewhat more artistic panorama, illustrating the concept of "Payload". That is, my (6 month...
One of Maynooth's almost hidden gems is the College Chapel. Everytime I bring people here, they are a...
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.