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Penneys is officially open again. It feels like a decade has passed since we stepped foot inside every Irish gals favourite shop, but the countdown is officially over. Hundreds queued up outside Penneys this morning and we don't blame them.

We've been longing for a fresh pair of Disney pyjamas, a five-pack of knickers and some bobby pins for far too long.

If, like us, you've yet to brave the queues then let us re-jog your memory, here are 10 things that always happen every time we go on a Penneys shopping spree.

1. You skip down the road super excited about the prospect of buying at least ten new things


2. You eye up a fab new dress but you spot someone else has their eye on it too…

3. You pick up the pace and grab it as soon as you can – WE WIN!

4. Everything is SO CHEAP!

5. The crowds are starting to get to you now…

6. You trip over a shoe lying idle in the jumper section and begin to think your shopping trip is over

7. You go to pay and realise you spent way more money than you meant too…

8. You’re on the bus home and realise you forgot to get the Penneys essentials like hair bobbins, bobby clips and socks…damn.

9. Nevertheless, the joy you feel when you get home and lay out your new items cannot be matched

10. You try on everything you bought and put on a fashion show for your extremely jealous sisters



So, IT Tallaght might not be known for its massive lecture halls or state of the art facilities, but what it lacks it size it makes up for in character.  

Whether it's impromptu drinks in the Metro, or the fun and frolics of Fresher's Week, there are some things that will stick in the mind of graduates long after they've walked through those revolving doors one last time. 

The library was cramped, the internet connection was pretty much non-existent and the canteen was overpriced, but hey, it was ours. 

Here's just a few things we won't forget any time soon. 

1. Getting pretty sick of people making the TIT joke

"Oh, so where do you go to college?" 

"IT Tallaght" 

"So you go to *pause*… TIT?"

"LOL never heard that one before. Have you ever thought of going into stand-up comedy?" 

2. Feeling sorry for the poor souls whose mates dared them to take part in the Fresher's Week games

It's all fun and games until someone ends up permanently damaging their taste buds after taking part in the chicken wing challenge… 

Someone get these lads a glass of milk! 

3. Heading to the Metro during long breaks 

Long breaks, short breaks – or anytime at all really. 

Not to mention Messy Mondays… 

In fact, we won't even go there. 

4. Getting stuck holding the library door open

Deciding to pop in and have a look for that book you're too broke to actually buy, only to get caught up in a mass exodus of students who have has enough study for today. 

And nary a 'thank you' between them. 

5. Speaking of doors, WHO thought a revolving entrance was a good idea? 

"Should I go now or should I wait for the next one?"

The side door was always a safer bet. 

6. Saving your coffee stamps for a Venti Starbucks

The caramel latté is all the more satisfying after you've suffered through a full week of lukewarm filter coffee. 

7. The length of the ATM queue on grant day

One cash machine between 4,000 students wasn't exactly the greatest idea was it? 

8. The distinct lack of colour printers

All that effort you put into making your graphs look fab, and for what? – to print it in black and white? 

I don't think so. 

9. Don't even get us started on those bloody ramps 

It doesn't matter how slow you're going – that coffee in your cup holder is still going to spill everywhere. 


10. Missing the bus to the exam hall  

"Oh, there it goes."

"See you in August, repeats!" 

Oh, and one more thing while we have you! Don't forget that you can catch up on all your favourite shows for free for a month right here, so sign up now!



Camping is so much fun, seriously! If you have never done it, it should definitely be on your to do list. Yes, at times it can be cold and more than likely it will rain but there is something about sleeping out under the stars.

Checklist time:

Sleeping bag
Do not, we repeat do not, attempt to go camping without one. No matter how much you may hate sleeping in them a giant duvet won’t keep you warm.

Well, if you forget this, you should probably either head home now or brace yourself for the elements!

Lots of spare batteries
The last thing you want is for the batteries in your torch to die – it can get pretty dark out there.

Unless you plan on making fire Bear Grylls style we suggest you bring a lighter.

First aid kit
No doubt there will be a few mishaps, so make sure you pop a first aid kit into your bag.

Insect repellent
You will need this – don’t attempt to think you won’t.

Camping stove and kettle
Because your craving for tea won’t disappear because you are roughing it.

Baby wipes
There won’t be a shower for miles so this may be your only way to clean yourself.

See above. You don’t want people to think of you as the smelly one, do you?

Dry shampoo
Even though you are in the wild it doesn’t mean you have to let your appearance go.