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Why college is secondary school’s hipper, cooler older brother

Why college is secondary school’s hipper, cooler older brother By: Ivan Smyth The transition from secondary school to college is a daunting one, but once a student settles in, they quickly cop all the advantages that college life has to offer. Here are some of the many reasons why college is better than secondary school. Freedom The number one reason …


Limerick Students Discuss Experiences With Racism

By: Enya McIntyre Spike Lee’s latest film Blackkklansman, has thrust the issue of racism back into media’s spotlight. The film is in contention at this month’s Academy Awards, and the Brooklyn filmmaker’s film has ignited a debate surrounding racism in contemporary society.   Limerick School of Art and Design student Farouk Alao and Zoha Khan, student at the University of …

An Focal Erasmus Diary – Things You’ll Miss From Prague – Prague V Limerick

Things You’ll Miss from Prague – Prague v Limerick By: Chloe O’Keefe I’m back in UL, after a whole year of being off campus from my cooperative placement for the first half of 2018, and my Erasmus+ placement in Prague, in the Czech Republic, for the second half of the year. Prague was amazing. I’m forever going to remember the …

Give Us The Night Campaign Gains Traction

By: Nicky Anderson ‘We need to recognise nightlife’s contribution to the culture of this Island’ – Senator Fintan Warfield to the Seanad,  24 January, 2019. Give us the Night (GUTN) is an independent volunteer group of professionals within the music industry, who are campaigning to bring about a change to the licensing laws in Ireland, with particular regard to nightclubs. …

Mental Health Pointers

While UL provides a variety of opportunities and enriching classes, college can also be stressful. Living independently and balancing college work can make sleeping enough and socializing difficult. Many students experience mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, especially during exam time and assignment time. College is complicated but managing your mental health doesn’t need to be. As another …

Erasmus – Picking Your College Is Only Half The Battle

When the fall semester began in 2018, many Erasmus students found it difficult to find suitable modules. The students had already picked out a set of modules when they applied for Erasmus the previous term, and so thought that the process was done when arriving, but many of the modules had limited spaces or were canceled. For many students, it …

Looking at the Oscar snubs for 2019

The Oscar nominations have just been released, and in a shocking turn of events, being a deeply average movie with one incredible lead performance is enough to get a Best Picture nomination. We Will Shock You: Bohemian Rhapsody getting a nomination outside of Rami Malek’s performance has shocked many   The Oscars never give the people what they truly want …

“I think this really is the only place that you’re going to meet the real Katie Taylor.”

“KATIE” director Ross Whitaker spoke to An Focal ahead of its screening at UCH.   The award-winning documentary about one of Ireland’s favourite sportspeople Katie Taylor will be screened on Monday December 3rd at University Concert Hall.   Directed by Ross Whitaker (Anthony Foley: Munsterman, Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story,), KATIE follows champion boxer Katie Taylor as she attempts to …