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Top 10 YouTubers

By Gearóid McCarthy   What better way to pass excessive free time over the Christmas break than by catching up with the lives of the internet’s most revered vloggers? YouTubers are quickly rising to the pinnacle of modern pop culture, as their videos generate millions of views and their books become instant bestsellers. Vloggers have a wider sphere of public …


A successful semester: SU President’s update

  By Colin Clarke   Well lads, what’s the craic. That was some semester. It’s hard to believe it’s week 11 already. Get those dirty smelly Christmas jumpers ready because Christmas Daze is just around the corner. It’s been a long semester but an enjoyable one. We had a great Fresher’s Week, our inaugural “Wolves go to the dogs” race …

Rugby legend Paul O’Connell honoured with UL Doctorate

  By Cora Power and Marisa Kennedy   Paul O’Connell was “delighted but a little embarrassed” to be honoured with a  Doctorate of Science from the University of Limerick earlier this month.   For three years O’Connell studied Computer Engineering in UL and he said that not finishing his degree is one of his “biggest regrets”.   O’Connell is the …

Further survey needed for accurate reflection of drug use in UL

  By Seamus Toomey   The Clubs and Societies office held a survey last year. One of the many questions in this survey was “Do you use recreational drugs?”. The response by 781 students (approx. 92% of people surveyed) was 13.8% Yes and 86.2% No.   Perhaps it is as simple as the statistics are correct and UL doesn’t have …

Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week: Have you ever taken drugs?

  By Seamus Toomey   Recently An Focal spent a week conducting interviews with students in the University of Limerick, asking them about drugs and drug use. The idea was to gauge how students think about drugs and what are the experiences and opinions that exist among the student population. Because of this the questions are standardised and we did …

All about the adrenalin – UL Mountain Biking

  By Hatem Abnoun   Nobody understands the logic behind mountain biking – “Why would I risk a broken leg to ride a bike?!”, which is quite reasonable but those people have clearly never been on top of Ballyhoura Mountains overlooking the Shannon and Limerick, red-faced and gasping for air from the long trek up to the top, only to …