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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, …


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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 …

“Alcohol and Drugs Kill People- They Almost Killed Me”

THERE’S no denying it; Ireland has a serious problem with mental health.   This problem manifests itself in many ways, but one of the most common appears to be addiction and substance abuse.   In 2015, 224 people died by overdose in Ireland with a reported 8,791 people admitted to Accident and Emergency for self-inflicted harm. According to the most …

Top Ten Tiny Things Everyone can do in the name of Self-Care

‘Self-Care’ is one of the simplest things we can do to better our mental health every day. With mental health week in full swing, here are some small things that can be added to your life to get your head in a good space.       Get Organised The world is messy enough, don’t let your life be. Take 5 minutes out …

Veggie Ventures: The Old Fire Station

The Old Firestation Restaurant 35 Thomas Street A vegetarian & vegan restaurant located on 35 Thomas Street. The IrelandBeforeYouDie blog rated them the #1 vegan eaterie outside of Dublin. They do breakfast, lunch and sweet treats. Nicole / Warm Haloumi Sandwich (€10) & Rum and Coconut Cake (€3.90) Went vegetarian four years ago for environmental reasons, partial to trying the …