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UL President salutes Climate Action marches

University of Limerick President Dr. Des Fitzgerald has hailed those involved in today’s Climate Action marches on campus, and within Limerick itself. In an email to all staff and students this afternoon, Dr. Fitzgerald said he “admires and support the students across the world and on our campus, in our city and across the region that are taking part in …


Sports

Japan Versus Russia: 2019 Rugby World Cup begins with convincing win for hosts

By: James Roulston Mooney Japan 30 – Russia 10 The 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) kicked off today with the opening match-up of hosts Japan taking on Russia in Pool A. A lot of tries were expected in this game, with Japan being thought of as clear favourites. Not a lot was considered of Russia after their heavy defeats at …


The Only Way Is Cup: Why reusable cups are the way forward

Have you, like me, ever been guilty of ordering a to-go coffee in a rush while your thoughts cut to your filthy reusable cup sitting beside the sink in your kitchen covered in the dregs of yesterday’s flat-white? In a perfect world, we would all have our reusable cup with us when we needed it. It would always be pristine …

An open letter to Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi: Please go away

By Rebekah Moore White male? Messy hair? Plays a guitar and sings songs that would depress a Prozac? Well, to quote Radiohead, Anyone Can Play Guitar, and in 2019, anyone can be a star, proving Andy Warhol’s theory right. Essentially every musician on the Irish charts in 2019 that you can think of comes under the affrementioned categories. The real …

Why it’s time to pay attention to women’s sport

By: Siadbh Redmond The rise of interest in women sports in the past few years has increased tenfold, but why? As a society bombarded with match reports, TV coverage, and upcoming fixtures of Men’s sports, how has the smaller, less promoted games played by women been able to compete for attention. 2018 can be thought Irelands most successful year to …

Five Kinds Of People Who Post In UL Freshers Groups

Group chats can be absolutely head-wrecking. A great philosopher once told An Focal “College life is being invited to join 14 different group chats and muting them all.”  Imagine the scenes if you were in a group with over 6,000 people, then you voluntarily joined another four identical groups because you were that desperate for a Race Day ticket. Sadly …

Greg O’Shea hired by 2FM: Making a mockery of journalism

Previously on Love Island… Local Limerick lad and UL graduate lands national broadcasting position following a mere twelve days of reality TV stardom. Why am I not surprised? For those of you who may have been living under a rock for the past few months, or who have been totally captivated by the omnishambles of Brexit, let me bring you …

2019 Rugby World Cup Preview: Is it Ireland’s time?

By: Anthony Geoghegan Ireland’s Mental Fortitude FOR the first time since the Rugby World Cup’s inception in 1987, Ireland enters this year’s tournament as number one in the World Rugby rankings, following their back to back victories against current Six Nations winners Wales. Despite the achievement, it was only three weeks ago Joe Schmidt’s men were rinsed by a highly …

Why an actor’s politics are irrelevant to playing a historical figure

Few celebrities have maintained an aura of likeability better or longer than Gillian Anderson. Seeing Anderson pop up in something – be it Hannibal, American Gods or more recently, Sex Education – is an assurance that you’re going to see something worthy of your time, if only because Anderson has made it clear over the years that she’s only going …

BREAKING: Student Life condemn alleged racial abuse incident

University of Limerick Student Life have launched an investigation into an alleged racial abuse by a group of young men this week. A student was alleged to have been racially by a group on campus on Thursday evening at 9pm. The student in question has made contact with the University’s student support co-coordinator, and Student Life have implored anyone with …