World Aids Day 2010 at NUI Maynooth - Beautifully lit Iontas building
One of NUI Maynooth's contributions to the World AIDS Day: The new Iontas building beautifully lit in red together with two red ribbons.
A panorama taken at the beginning of the Snooker Exhibition on 22 November 2010 organised by the NUIM...
Here's another shot from the NUI Maynooth North Campus, this time between the John Hume building and ...
Every spring it's the same pretty picture around here — Daffodils all over the place :-)
A quick, handheld test pano shot with iPhone 4s + cheap "DC71" fisheye (13 EUR). Shot with almostDSLR...
The little known (and quite small) amphitheatre on the NUI Maynooth North Campus. It can only be used...
Here's a team photo of the current squad of the NUI Maynooth Volleyball Club.
The NUI Maynooth North Campus
A view of the most modern on-campus accommodations here at NUIM — the River Apartments. You can also ...
Some more student residences right here on the NUI Maynooth North Campus — the Village Apartments.
Many students cross this foot bridge every day. It is the best connection between the old South Campu...
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.