Editor 2012-10-01

Bus Eireann city bus services to the University have been affected following sweeping changes to the bus network. The amendments, which were implemented on Sunday, 16 September, see many routes across Limerick being either removed or amalgamated. The route number 308/308A, which was often referred to affectionately as “The 308”, has been removed. UL has […]

Editor 2012-10-01

It is amusing to observe the novelty with which they progress about their business; notebooks in hand, keen to find the Jonathan Swift before it disappears. Then you have the undulating precision in which every syllable their lecturer utters is noted, creating notes which will later be reviewed in the fine surrounds of our warm […]

Editor 2012-07-16

I’m not a fan of Christian literature. In fact, I have disassociated myself entirely with Christianity for various reasons best left for another time. While I have always been tolerant of religion in general, operating under the principles of ‘I’ll respect your beliefs while you respect mine (or lack thereof)’, today’s find leaves me quite […]

Editor 2012-05-24

They say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. Max Payne 3 proves that may well be the case, but the old mutt is still worth your attention. Innovation is put on the backburner in favour of an old school run and gun game, made prettier with new school technology. Now based in Brazil, an […]

Editor 2012-05-21

The Hunger Games phenomenon came from nowhere. The film is a must see, the books dominate shop windows and actress Jennifer Lawrence is everywhere, pointing her bow and arrow at the world, demanding we fall in love with the trilogy. Team Edward and Team Jacob were forgotten, Peeta and Gale were the new heartthrobs dominating […]

Editor 2012-05-10

In the weeks leading up to my trip, I had heard about all the dangers of going to Mexico for Spring Break. American students were warned to stay clear of the Mexican borders due to the dangers surrounding the ongoing Drug War, and to “never go off the beaten track”. Although we were flying to […]

Editor 2012-05-10

The countdown to crown the world’s best paper plane pilots is now on. After proving themselves against the best in their county, the world’s finest will be looking to up the ante in Salzburg in a quest for the coveted title and perhaps a new world record. The chosen few charged with the honour of […]

Editor 2012-05-10

A Brit-pop bubble blew its way to Lancashire’s premier seaside resort, Blackpool at the end of April last. The grand setting of The Empress Ballroom became the home to BBC’s somewhat cultish following:  a crowd which seemed largely unsuited to Blackpool’s encircling amusement arcades. E-numbered youngsters and middle-aged Merlot suppers alike were offered the potential […]

Editor 2012-04-27

IN ISSUE 11 of An Focal I wrote about Steig Larrson’s posthumous success with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Having been wildly compelled to read that book at an unnecessarily fast pace, the logical thing to do would be make haste and rampantly read the remaining two books, The Girl who Played with Fire […]

Editor 2012-04-27

Declan Mills ELLEN Johnson Sirleaf, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and current President of Liberia, joined Tony Blair (in his capacity as head of the African Governance Initiative) to give a joint interview to the Guardian newspaper on 19 March. During the interview, Sirleaf defended her country’s laws criminalising homosexuality and refused to consider scrapping […]