Film&TV

An Focal’s First Take Club #3 – Vertigo

“Only one is a wanderer; two together are always going somewhere.” Vertigo is on most cinephiles bucket list, so I checked it out. To say I was glued to the screen for the first hour of its two-hour runtime would be an understatement. However, I felt the film lost its touch slightly in the second half, but not enough to …


Features, Health

How to handle homesickness in college

You worked your arse off, landed your dream degree, but now what? Now, the dream is over. You didn’t think it was possible, but somehow you seem a bit lost. Suddenly, you get nervous about meeting new people, started talking less and miss the comforts of back home. What do you do? Whether you’ve just experienced homesickness briefly or have …


UL offered to host Lyric FM as Limerick relocation controversy rumbles on

President of UL Dr. Des Fitzgerald wrote to RTÉ in an attempt to sustain LyricFM’s presence in Limerick by offering the campus as a more cost-efficient location. The news was first reported by the Limerick Leader this morning, The email was written in late September, as rumours began to swirl at the time that Lyric FM was being earmarked for …

Pep Lijnders vs Mikel Arteta: A tale of two assistants waiting in the wings

In the history of football, the footballing gods have tended to shine their light on teams that plan their managers ahead. The continuing of philosophy across the tenure of a manager is deemed as one of the riskiest decisions a club can make. Rarely taken due to the fact that managers often times refuse to relinquish their control of the …

How Ireland can qualify for Euro 2020

After a torrid Nations League campaign, Irish football was in crisis. Step up, Mick McCarthy. The former defender’s second reign in the Irish hot seat started better than he could have imagined. 10 points from a possible 12 had us all dreaming of summer 2020 at the European Championships. We could almost see the demand for campervans on the rise …

An Focal’s First Take Club #2: The Shining

“I’m sorry to differ with you sir, but you are the caretaker. You’ve always been the caretaker. I should know, sir – I’ve always been here” For Halloween this year, I decided to watch Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed horror The Shining. What better time to finally watch the cult classic than on Halloween, coincidentally also the day of the release of …

Student Race Day 2020: Third time’s a charm for debacle?

Limerick Student Race Day – a day for suits and dresses, consuming a large quantity of alcohol and placing bets on all the wrong horses.. if we ever get there that is. As probably most people who are reading this article are aware, tickets for Student Race Day 2020 initially went on sale on Thursday morning (7th November) at 12pm …

BREAKING: UL to host 2020 FIBA Men’s European Championships

Basketball Ireland has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2020 FIBA Men’s European Championship for Small Countries, and the tournament will be held at the University of Limerick. The announcement was made at the FIBA board meeting in Cologne today. The announcement comes off the back of the successful hosting of the Under 18 and Senior Women’s European Championships …

Fuinneamh Editorial: The Insider At 20: How Michael Mann’s Masterpiece Endured

How do you follow up a masterpiece like Heat? Easy. You make The Insider. Michael Mann has had one of the most storied arcs out of any Hollywood director. He revolutionised television with Miami Vice, invented the modern anti-hero archetype with Thief, gave the world the definitive Hannibal Lecter movie (sorry, Jonathan Demme!), and somehow made a cyber thriller starring …

Racism in football: A blight on the beautiful game

By: Joseph Saunders We all love football. That’s not up for debate. However the beautiful game has been tarnished over recent months by inhumane acts of racism from the stands at football matches worldwide. England beat Bulgaria by six goals to nil last month, but you wouldn’t hear much about the result as some of the players were subject to …