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 …


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 …


“Leave Weenz Alone,” Says Local Rap-Scallion

By Paul Saunders It’s been an eventful week for the students of UL but one man, in particular, has been just as busy. Local musician Keith ‘Weenz’ Ryan has been in the headlines for the past few weeks as the students of UL were advised not to invite the rapper into their homes. Weenz has been the centre of attention …


“They Took The Bloody Wheels”

By Paul Saunders Twenty-eight bicycles were stolen from the University of Limerick campus last year. This averages to approximately one bike stolen every academic week in 2016. Bike security has become a major issue among students on campus, with many students dissatisfied with the security services. Tariq El Masri, had his bike secured outside the Students Union when it was …


Student Protest Greets Enda Kenny As He Visits UL

By Paul Saunders Over one hundred UL students turned out to protest against third level fees as Enda Kenny launched the €86 million Bernal Institute. The protesters were comprised of students from a variety of the universities societies such as Out in UL, Sinn Féin society, Social Democrats and many students who joined the protest as it marched across the …


Students Warned Over Stolen Laptops

By Paul Saunders Students are advised to be on high alert as numerous laptops have been stolen from the library in recent weeks. Last week, two Apple MacBooks worth over €2000 each were stolen when students left their belongings unattended for a few short minutes. The majority of students leave their belongings unattended in the library during long study sessions …


UL Students Decide Early Who Should Be The Next US President

By Paul Saunders The University of Limerick (UL) might be the first place in the world to break the news on who will be the next president of the United States. The UL student newspaper – An Focal – polled the campus on who they thought should be next. Their three choices were Republican nominee Donald Trump, Democratic nominee Hillary …