Health, News, Politics

Iraq War Casts Psychological Shadow For UL Masters Student

For many, the Iraq war seems million of miles away. For others,it rages on in their memories.By Kate Devaney It was a normal September day. The summer was ending, the children were going back to school. Some people still lay in bed, their day yet to start. For others, their life would end and the day’s date would forever be …


UL Student Life Launches ‘Wellness Wednesday’

UL student Life, the Student Welfare Officer, and Staff have teamed up to host the Wellness Wednesday events over the next couple of weeks. The student representative body’s newest initiative will run for six weeks until Wednesday, March 6th and is free to students and staff alike. The events are aimed to promote wellbeing, and positive health behaviours on campus …

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 …

MedSoc help Run-Up much needed funds for Limerick Suicide Watch

On the 17th of November, two societies from the Graduate Entry Medical School came together to organise a 5K Fun Run in aid of Limerick Suicide Watch. UL MedSoc teamed up with UL GIVE to create this event on the final day of MedWeek 2018. The focus of MedWeek this year was mental health and well-being, which made Limerick Suicide Watch …

Men’s Health Week: Toxic masculinity, testicular cancer awareness, education on steroids and more

Men’s Health Week concluded last week after an abundance of campaigns and events from ULSL to highlight the issues in health that predominantly affect men. The week kicked off with former soccer player and men’s mental health advocate, Richie Sadlier, who delivered a talk to UL students on the toxic effects of masculinity. In his recent interview with An Focal, …

Dr Vicky Phelan and Family to Light Up Limerick For Christmas

UL alumnus and recipient of a UL honorary Doctorate, Dr Vicky Phelan, will switch on Limerick’s Christmas lights this year. Dr Phelan and her family have been selected as the guests of honour for this year’s Light Up Limerick festival. The festival begins on Sunday 18 November with the annual switching-on of the city’s Christmas lights marking the start of …

“I found that being a man became fulfilling when I did not have to solve all my problems on my own”

Richie Sadlier sits in an empty lecture hall and reflects on his soccer career. It was one of unfulfilled potential but he has let go of the regret that threatened self-destruction.   The talented striker was forced to retire at age 24 due to a recurring hip injury.   At the time, he was playing for Millwall F.C. and had previously …