An Focal Wins Smedia’s People’s Choice Award

By Evie Kearney An Focal has won the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Student Media (Smedia) Awards. The award was presented to Editor Paul Saunders at a ceremony in the Aviva Stadium last night. An Focal was nominated in the popular category alongside UCC Express, UCD’s University Observer, DIT’s The Edition, UCC’s Motley Magazine and TCD’s Tn2 Magazine. It …


JCB Plough Through Competition to Take Three Sabbatical Offices

By Evie Kearney The joint ticket of ‘JCB’ has successfully been elected to all three sabbatical positions for 2017/18. The team of Jack Shelly, Roberta Harrington and Conor Hussey will assume the offices of President, DP Welfare and VP Academic respectively at the end of May. Following the eliminations and vote transfers of RON, Christian Tan, and Aoife O’Brien; 4th …


Horgan, Harrington and Hussey Top An Focal Opinion Poll

By Evie Kearney An Focal ran an online poll to attempt to determine the results of the Students’ Union Sabbatical Officers election. The poll received 894 votes in total and the results were as follows:   President: Lorna Horgan – 41% Jack Shelly – 31% Christopher Denis Collins – 15% Oisin Taylor Blakely – 8% Seán Fitzgerald – 5%   …


ERB Votes Not to Disqualify Lorna Horgan from Presidential Race

By Evie Kearney & Paul Saunders The Students’ Union Electoral and Referenda Board (ERB) have voted not to disqualify presidential candidate Lorna Horgan following nine hours of deliberation today. The ERB were investigating a complaint made against Ms Horgan following posts on her social media accounts on Tuesday night. Ms Horgan was found to have published blatant defamation on social …


UL Students Shortlisted for Smedia Awards

By Evie Kearney An Focal has been shortlisted in six categories at this year’s Student Media Awards (Smedias). University of Limerick publications received eighteen mentions in total, comprising of submissions from An Focal, ULFM, individual students, and Journalism@UL project Limerick Voice. An Focal Editor Paul Saunders was shortlisted for both Editor of the Year and Journalist of the Year while …


Five Places to Eat on Campus (In No Particular Order)

By Evie Kearney   1. Stables No one has any idea what goes in to Stables cajun mayo but rumour has it the ingredients list includes sunshine and happiness. via GIPHY 2. Subway Who doesn’t love an old reliable? At €4 for a sub and drink, all you have to worry about is the lunch hour queues. We recommend the …


Budget 2017: A Student Guide

By Evie Kearney Budget 2017 was announced today by Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Mr Noonan announced €500 million of tax cuts a €195 million increase in tax revenue. While there was nothing particularly surprising about this year’s budget, third-level students will be affected in some sectors. Here are the main points to take away from Budget 2017 as a student: …