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PSU always there to help students

  By Seán McKillen   Hi everyone, This is my last An Focal article as PSU President. This year has absolutely flown by. It has been a hectic, challenging and rewarding experience for me personally. I have enjoyed taking on the challenge of this role, and hope that I have done it the justice that


Limerick students Walk and Talk 2016

  By Ciara Corcoran   Back in September I was approached by Alison Dervan, Mary I SU Vice President, about linking with LIT to do a positive mental health event together. As Limerick has such an alarming suicide rate and a high student population this was seen as an opportunity to tackle the issue of


Piano Keys

  By Jean Anne Powell   Pounding on keys clank clank clank small chubby fingers scattering crumbs along spruce   Small fingers find beat, find sound, find rhythm dum, tadum, dum swollen hearts and filled ears at such vibrations   That can’t be music, it goes beyond all of that it’s more profound than that


The Pilgrimage

By Stephen O’Riordan   Erin, a teenage girl full of life and spirit, lived in small village and had many friends. One day her teacher cast a wicked spell on her for he was an evil wizard in secret. Erin kept the curse to herself because she was so frightened of him. Weeks passed. The


Fresher’s Diary: End of the year

  By Kiera Thornton   Well, this is it, my last fresher’s diary ever. This is the last edition of An Focal for the academic year so first year is pretty much over. It almost feels surreal to look back over my other fresher’s diaries over the course of this semester, because the time really


Gníomhachtai an Cumann Gaelach

  Bhí Pilates as Gaeilge againn an tseachtain seo chaite leis an gClub Surfála. Bhí an teagascóir Jason ag baint úsáide as a cuid cúpla focail chun an rang a chur i láthair. Bhí fíor chraic againn mar bhí an cuid is mó don rang mar scoláirí idirnaisiúnta agus d’fhoghlaim siad cúpla focail Gaeilge cosúil


Post samhraidh le Gaeilge?

  Le Fay Langley   An bhfuil tú ag lorg post samhraidh le Gaeilge nó chun do chuid Gaeilge a fheabhsú? An bhfuil suim agatsa sa cheoil, spórt agus rince gaelach? An bhfuil tú go maith le déagóirí? Má tá, is é an post is fearr duitse an tsamhraidh seo ná post mar cheannaire i

Clubs & Socs

Alba gu Bràth: Tea Soc visits Scotland

  By Rachel West and Aaron Young   On the 18th of March, 12 very excited members of UL’s best society met each other in Dublin Airport. We had all gathered to do something very special; to take Scotland by storm. Months of planning had gone in to putting together the Tea Appreciation society’s first


Life of a vegetarian

  By Eilís Walsh   For most, turning vegetarian is a way of life that you choose. Some have to adapt to this diet due to a medical condition, but for the purpose of this post I’m going to talk to someone who chose this way of life. Based on talking to a wide variety


Is fearr sláinte ná na táinte

Le Fay Langley   An fíor an seanfhocal thuas luaite? An bhfuil muid mar sochaí ag déanamh ár seacht ndícheall chun é seo a chur in iúl do dhaoine agus ach go háirithe in san córas oideachas ó Naoinán Bheaga? An bhfuil seirbhisí is cuí ar fáil do dhaoine atá ag fulaingt go dian nó


Mind Your Mental Health 12: Summer

  By Aisling O’Connor   Many people find their mental health suffers over summer. This may be due feeling a lack of focus in one’s life, due to strained relationships at home, or feeling isolated in a locality. To be honest, there are a ton of reasons as to why some people find the holidays


One Facebook post is all it takes

  By Tomás Heneghan   It’s the end of the road. Last August I saw an announcement pop up on my Facebook newsfeed from the Students’ Union. The Union was again looking for a new An Focal Editor. This one would be different to the years preceding it however. The position being offered was an


Sacrifices necessary in the race to the top

  By Gavin Spillane   Kieran Elliot, a 21-year-old runner from Sligo, operates on a tight schedule every week with little to no time for anything outside training and college.   This is indicative of the sacrifices he has had to make over the years in order to be where he is. As many can

Clubs & Socs

ULRM: And across the line

  By Paul Jordan   It’s been a great year for UL Racing & Motorsport. It started way back in September at the recruitment drive when we got our biggest ever membership. We had our first trip to Nutt’s Corner shortly before intervarsities took place which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who went. Speaking of