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Science Boost For University As Multi-Million Investment Announced For UL

By: Mike Finnerty One hundred thirty-nine students will soon be training and learning at a state-of-the-art €13.6 million building dubbed “The Centre for Research Training” at the University of Limerick. News of the investment came on Tuesday, at an event at the University, with Heather Humphreys TD Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, …


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Student Life Host Election Hustings Ahead Of Thursday Vote

By Shannon Sweeney The Jean Monet theatre hosted the Student Union election hustings last night. The event, chaired by Declan Mills, was an opportunity for students find out about the candidates for the Student Life offices before voting day. Welfare candidate Serena Hare says it’s important for students to use their vote. “Whoever you vote for, it’s your choice but …


Why Steven Spielberg Is Wrong About Netflix

By: Mike Finnerty In my editorial in last month’s print issue of  An Focal, I (in an uncharacteristic bout of film snobbery) boldly proclaimed that Roma would win Best Picture at the Oscars. Of course, we all know how that turned out, Green Book accidentally won instead.  But for some, Roma even being mentioned in the Oscar conversation was a …

The Woman In The Window By A.J. Finn – Book Review

By: Meghan Mceniry Brosnan Following the recent scrutiny of author Dan Mallory (Pen-name A.J. Finn) and the upcoming film starring Amy Adams, The Woman In The Window seems ripe for a review. It was, after all, the biggest selling fiction title of 2018. Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman, lives alone in New York City, trapped in her home with bottles …

An Interview With Speed Skater Ryan McAnuff

“I want the next generation of kids to be able to represent their country.” By Ivan Smyth   Ryan McAnuff is not your average medical student. He was born in Canada but is speed skating for Ireland while combining running a business and trying to become a doctor.   The Toronto born medical student has represented Ireland in short track …

Limerick City Gallery Of Art Poster Exhibit – A High-Brow Day Out

By Jessica Doyle Graphics, text, and colour. Posters are pieces of art from the every day – and they’ve got a job to do. Not only do they disseminate information – but they can also amuse, attract and challenge us – a function more readily associated with highbrow arts. A rich and varied collection of posters from all across Europe …

Charity Week Riverside Littering Condemned By Rubberbandits

Photo via Twitter user @AwkwardAveen This year’s Charity Week festivities have gone off relatively smoothly, with no major incidents reported thus far. However the fine weather this week has brought about an abundance of littering in and around campus. The issue was brought to wider, mainstream attention this Wednesday evening. The famed @Rubberbandits Twitter account tweeted a photo that has …

UL End Eleven-Year Wait For Harding Cup Success

By: Ivan Smyth University of Limerick 2-0 University College Cork After a wait of more than ten years, University of Limerick claimed the Irish Universities Harding Cup title. Ed O’Dwyer and Adam Foley goals helped UL win the top freshers trophy and beat Munster rivals UCC. O’Dwyer, who was named Player of the Tournament, scored minutes before the break with …

The Academy Is…. Analysing Green Book’s Shock Best Picture Win

By: Mike Finnerty It was Roma’s to lose. The critical favourite, the glass ceiling to be broken by foreign language films, a beloved auteur returning home to make a domestic drama, and it loses the biggest prize of them all to Driving Miss Daisy 2. The Academy never disclose how many votes are cast in each category nor who came …