UL’s fundraising queen: Jennifer Purcell

  By Seamus Toomey   From the President’s Volunteer Award to suicide prevention work and Darkness Into Light, this third year journalist has a dedication to charity work unrivaled by many her age. Now on work placement at the Limerick Leader, working alongside other current and former UL journalism students, Jennifer Purcell talks to An Focal about her work and …

UL cycles against suicide

  By Ciara Corcoran   A number of UL organisations recently collaborated to organise a week of events to mark World Suicide Prevention Week. The Cycle Against Suicide initiative was the brainchild of entrepreneur Jim Breen to help raise awareness of mental health in Ireland and direct people in need to the supports available for suicide prevention across the country. …

Its all about changing your lifestyle: Gary McGowan chats to An Focal

  By Seamus Toomey   Gary McGowan is a second year studying Physiotherapy in UL. He’s also an advocate of healthy living and a fan of the sport of bodybuilding. Invested in the subculture of the fitness world including powerlifting, bodybuilding and various other sports and trends, Gary has developed some strong opinions and acquired a substantial amount of knowledge …

Tindermania

  By Laura-Ashley Ní Shuilléabháin   Tinder is one of those golden age things that you either love or you hate. Like anything else it has its upsides and its downfalls. Tinder can be a bit of banter but there’s a very thin line between being creepy or cute and seeming charming or desperate.   On the off chance that …

Erasmus Diary

  By Sally Gorman   By the time you guys are reading this I will be living it up in Manchester. Yes my Erasmus has come around, very quickly may I add and I am now officially a student of The University of Salford.   The last couple of months have been hectic. I’ve been booking flights, finding the right …