Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

An Focal’s First Take Club #1: Schindler’s List

By: James Roulston Mooney EDITORS PREAMBLE: In the first of a new series of articles on An Focal, writers will give their opinions and readings of classic films they’ve never seen before. An Focal writer James Roulston Mooney sat down to watch a great film he had never seen before. First up: The movie that finally won Spielberg his Oscar, …


Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

Fuinneamh Editorial: Wes Craven’s New Nightmare at 25; The post-modern horror masterpiece

Fewer directors have had as varied and storied a career arc as Wes Craven. The late great horror master passed away in 2015 and left behind a treasure trove of films that horror buffs know and love. Cutting his teeth in the 70s gritty horror scene with movies like The Last House On The Left and The Hills Have Eyes, …


Examining the legacy of Leonardo Da Vinci

This year marked five hundred years since the death of Leonardo Da Vinci, arguably one of the most unanimously commended artists of all time. He provides our first brush with art history, with the Mona Lisa ingrained in our collective conscious as an undisputed masterpiece. Among art lovers, there is a little more disparity around Da Vinci as many feel …

Joker review: Phoenix soars but film buckles under weight of what’s come before

One of my earliest memories of comics is reading the Dandy and Dennis the Menace. I vaguely remember the pages of Superman and maybe X-Men. In those crazy days, Saturday mornings were spent in front of the telly box watching loony toons, X-Men, and of course, James Bond Jr (this was the early 90’s, kids). Sometime later, I seem to …

The genius of Fleabag

Sweeping three Emmys, a sell-out Broadway show, and widespread critical acclaim, Fleabag has proved to be the most explosive television shows of 2019. Debuting on BBC Three (now an online service) in 2016, the show has become a phenomenon in only the way a British show can; being bloody brilliant and having only two seasons. With writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge securing …

Nicola review: Ambitious one-woman show deserves to be smash hit

You never know where you might find a hidden gem. The theater scene has been booming in recent years, and you can never predict where the next success might come from. As it turns out, the next big thing might be hiding in plain sight in Limerick. It was a three night run held in the record room at The …

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 …

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 …

An open letter to Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi: Please go away

By Rebekah Moore White male? Messy hair? Plays a guitar and sings songs that would depress a Prozac? Well, to quote Radiohead, Anyone Can Play Guitar, and in 2019, anyone can be a star, proving Andy Warhol’s theory right. Essentially every musician on the Irish charts in 2019 that you can think of comes under the affrementioned categories. The real …