Arts & Culture, Film&TV, Fuinneamh, Health

SexEd documentary director discusses Ireland’s more liberal society, filmmaking process

SexEd is a documentary by filmmaker Tatiana Evonuk, and the director said the documentary she hopes the documentary “starts a conversation in the culture.” Speaking to An Focal, Tatiana describes the documentary as “a communal effort influenced heavily by deeply negative and ongoing social effects the Catholic Church and its doctrine continue to have on young people’s perception or level …


What is Movember?

This month, thousands of men around the world are growing their moustaches. Either Charlie Chaplin is slowly infiltrating the men’s fashion scene or there is a perfectly valid reason for this. Thankfully, the latter is true. We all know someone who has taken part in Movember but there’s little said about what Movember actually is. In the abyss of the …

How to handle homesickness in college

You worked your arse off, landed your dream degree, but now what? Now, the dream is over. You didn’t think it was possible, but somehow you seem a bit lost. Suddenly, you get nervous about meeting new people, started talking less and miss the comforts of back home. What do you do? Whether you’ve just experienced homesickness briefly or have …

Instagram remove likes: the pros and cons

With Ireland being one of the selected countries to participate in the removal of likes on Instagram, users across the island have been dealing with the change of no longer seeing the total number of hits each post receives. A spokesperson for the app’s mother company Facebook stated the new update was to allow users to share “authentically and comfortably” …

BREAKING: Possible Mumps outbreak at University of Limerick

A email sent to all students at the University of Limerick has warned of a mumps outbreak. “It appears there have been a number of confirmed cases of mumps this past week on campus,” the email read, which was delivered to UL students shortly before three o’clock this afternoon by the Student Health Centre. “It is important that any student …

UL Consent Workshops Shine Light On Grey Areas

Consent Workshops will be given during week three of tutorials across the Arts Humanities and Social Sciences Department. UL Student Union Welfare Officer, Serena Hare, aims to continue the initiative from last year where an estimated 1,000 students attended a consent workshop. Serena said UL are “way ahead of the game” in terms of rolling out the consent initiative university-wide. …

Limerick Mental Health Week launches

The University of Limerick, along with Limerick Suicide Watch, Samaritans, Mary I, Lit, Limerick City and County Council and Jigsaw among others, have joined forces to promote Limerick Mental Health week. Emer Casey, one of the organisers of Limerick Mental Health Week, said “it’s a difficult issue to broach, especially in light of what’s been happening in this city recently, …

Anytime Of The Month Campaign Gains Momentum

By Shannon Sweeney The “Anytime of the Month” initiative officially launched yesterday “in solidarity and support” with people experiencing period poverty. The campaign intends to help people find free sanitary products on campus when they can’t afford to buy them. The launch was held in the Common Room in the Student Life building at lunchtime on Monday. Founder Clodagh Guerin, …