Sports

Rugby World Cup 2019: What the hell just happened? Japan stun Ireland

Japan 19-12 Ireland Ireland continued their Rugby World Cup (RWC) campaign with a game against Japan, but with Ireland being Ireland, veered off-script. Ireland were viewed as favourites, being second in the world, but the Japanese were not to be underestimated. Ireland started off strongly, with Garry Ringrose notably giving the Japanese defence early nightmares. Japan started off well also, …


Arts & Culture, News

Culture Shock: Frank McCourt Museum to close at end of October amid financial costs

Limerick’s Arts community has been dealt a blow with the news the Frank McCourt Museum is to close its doors on October 30th. The museum, located on Harstonge Street, was established in 2011 by the artist Una Heaton. It offered walking tours of Limerick inspired by McCourt’s upbringing, which was brought to international prominence in the 1990s with the seminal …


Dave Mahedy: A look back at the UL sporting director’s life in sport

(Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the print edition of An Focal in March 2019.) By: Ronan Coughlan You can always rely on a Taxi driver for a good story.  I tell the driver that I am headed to the Arena to interview the UL Director of Sport.  “Who, Mahedy?” he replies.  “The very man I tell him”.  To …

Investigating the following behind Jordan Peterson

By: Aislinn Kelly Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson has amassed a cult following by threading through controversies- from dismissing gender quotas to fighting a pronoun bill. Many see his popularity as a rally against progression, with anti-feminists and alt-right using him as a credible source to back their damaging ideals. “I don’t really regard myself as a political figure,” Peterson claimed, …

Pitch Perfect: Maguire’s Fields open

By: Mike Finnerty Maguire’s Fields have officially opened at the University of Limerick. The pitches, which were voted for in a student referendum in 2016, consists of 4 full-length football pitches, 2 GAA pitches, 1 grassed pitch, 3 “ball walls” and is complemented by a “golden mile” running and walking track. Alan Ward, manager of the 50 metre swimming pool …

Environmental art exhibition in Limerick

Limerick School of Art & Design graduates Jackie McGrath and Zoe-Mae Stevens will be putting on an environmental art exhibition on the 26th-29th of September in Limerick City. The exhibition, titled Conscientia, aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the seas, as well as the problem of Landfill in Ireland. Both artists have worked with communities in the Limerick …

2019 Rugby World Cup: England brush aside Tonga in dour affair

England 35 – 3 Tonga England started their Rugby World Cup (RWC) campaign with a game against Tonga. As heavy favourites, England were expected to blow the Tongans away. A moment of silence was held before the game for Akilisi Pohiva, the Tongan Prime Minister who recently passed away. Tonga then performed their Sipi Tau, possibly bearing extra importance for …

2019 Rugby World Cup: Italy out of blocks against spirited Namibia

Italy 47 – 22 Namibia Italy and Namibia started off their Rugby World Cup (RWC) campaigns looking to get the better of each other in a tight affair. Namibia got off to a fine start in the fifth minute when an Italian lineout didn’t go to plan and the Namibians took full advantage of it. Scrum half Damian Stevens finished …

2019 Rugby World Cup: Ireland romp home against shell-shocked Scots

Ireland 27 – Scotland 3 Ireland and Scotland faced off in a possibly very pivotal game in each of their Rugby World Cup (RWC) campaigns this Sunday morning. A possibly pivotal game, as previously mentioned, this game was highly anticipated by many and a lot was expected from both sides. The game started off very energetically with Stuart Hogg providing …