Sports

UCD leave it late to capture the Harding Cup

A late goal from Conor Cannon against NUI Galway ensured University College Dublin retained the Harding Cup. The national competition, exclusively for first-year students, was held on the University of Limerick’s North Campus pitches on 7-9 February. UL bowed out of the tournament at the semi-final stage, losing to the eventual winners. In the first pair of quarter-finals NUIG breezed past UCC, while …


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UL’s senior camogie team are Ashbourne Cup champions

The University of Limerick’s senior camogie team finally ended Waterford Institute of Technology’s long reign as Ashbourne Cup champions, with only one point to spare after a hard-fought final at Queen’s University, Belfast. Cáit Devane was chief contributor for UL as they motored into a five-point lead in the first half. The Tipperary sharpshooter was in clinical form but Katie Power managed to escape …


UL Ladies Rugby looking to defend All-Ireland league and intervarsity titles

ON behalf of UL Ladies Rugby I would like to welcome our new head coach, Mike McCarthy and also wish Gillian Bourke, our departing coach, the best of luck in her future endeavors and many thanks for her years of hard work and dedication with the club. Gill will be taking to the field this weekend, representing the Irish Women’s Rugby team who play …

Five Big: Five Small with Prof. Don Barry

Welcome to the new and, hopefully improved, An Focal. This interview with Prof. Don Barry kicks off our new interview series with a well-known personality connected to the University. The premise is simple; we have a short interview during which we ask five ‘big’ serious questions, and five ‘small’ casual questions. Enjoy!     1. An issue that arises every …

Referendum on USI Membership Approaching?

STUDENT Council last week welcomed Union of Students Ireland (U.S.I.) president Joe O’Connor to their second meeting of the spring semester to advocate the case for University of Limerick Students’ Union re-joining the national student representative body. U.S.I. is the only recognised national body for students in Ireland. In the republic they have twenty-four members, the most notable absentees being …

Pay It Forward Limerick

PEOPLE do good things, always have always will, people help each other every day, this however is not news, at least not for mainstream media. Pay It Forward Limerick (PIFL) aims to put good deeds in the spotlight, give some encouragement to those who already fill their days with common decency and generosity and inspire random acts of kindness throughout. …

An Evening with Father Purcell – Fan Forum

ON 4 February, the Fan Forum Society kicked off the new semester with our SoUL Week event, and perhaps our most exciting to date – a group interview and Q&A session with acclaimed actor Ben Keaton, best known as the oblivious Father Austin Purcell in our favourite sitcom, Father Ted. A major setback occurred when our other guest, Rynagh O’Grady …

OPC Kilimanjaro-Elbrus Expedition 2014

THE University of Limerick Outdoor Pursuits Club is proud to announce its forthcoming expedition for the summer of 2014. Eight members will be attempting to climb two of the seven summits (highest mountains on each continent) over a three week long expedition. This will see the team first travel to Tanzania in Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, standing at 5895m. They will then immediately travel to …

Mountain Biking UL

LOOKING back after an excellent trip to the new Downhill trails at Rostrevor over the Christmas break, it’s been an action packed first half to the year for MBUL. The semester’s first dose of the adrenalin-fuelled weekend excitement was hosted once again by the Cooley and Mourne Mountains back in October. The large variation in trail types there meant there really was …

Kemmy Business School Ball 2014

This years Kemmy Business School Ball took place in the Strand Hotel and was a great success. We took some pictures of you lovely people and rounded up the best ones here. We hope you enjoyed the night and we’re looking forward to next year already!