Features, News, Sports

“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 …


Clubs&Socs, Health, News

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 …


“We direct our anger towards the company that is profiting from their imprisonment” – UL Students Protest Aramark

  UL students staged a boycott against Aramark restaurants and cafes on-campus this Wednesday in response to their operations in the direct provision system. Aramark Corporation, which supplies catering services to three Direct Provision centres, including centres UL students reside in, also runs seven restaurants and cafes in UL including cafes in the main building, in Kemmy Business School, PESS, …

Taking the Mick: McCarthy not the right man for job

TheSpice Girls are selling out arenas, Boyzone appearing on the Late Late show, there’s as many cranes as taxis in the capital and Mick McCarthy is the new Republic of Ireland manager.   You’d be forgiven for thinking you woke up in the 90s this morning, but I assure you it is still 2018.   Although, it does seem that …

UL Launches Campus Safety Information Campaign

UL, in conjunction with An Garda Siochana & UL Student Life, LITSU and LSADSU have launched a campus safety information campaign. The “Campus Watch Booklet” is part of ongoing collaborations to raise awareness and provide information on campus safety to students. The booklet, published in English, Irish, Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish, is aimed at encouraging students to be safe whilst …

“Disappointed but not surprised”

The actions of a barrister in the recent “Cork rape trial” has caused uproar across the country.   A seventeen-year-old girl was in court, facing her attacker when a defence lawyer referred to the underwear she was wearing on the night of her rape.   “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open …

The Five Potential Candidates to become the next Irish Manager

It’s official: Irish football is in crisis.   It’s Groundhog Day again, another bad result against a team we should be comfortably beating on paper has seen Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane walk from the job. Five years of aggressively mediocre football have finally come to an end. Let’s take a look at the five possible candidates to …

UL Alumni Honor Esteemed Graduates

UL Alumni honoured three esteemed graduates at the 13th Annual UL Alumni Awards Gala Dinner last Saturday.   This annual event celebrates the outstanding achievements of graduates of the University of Limerick.   Those honoured at the event include Business leader Niall Browne, renowned Academic Prof. Brigid Laffan and Social Entrepreneur Michael Kelly   UL President Dr Des Fitzgerald said: …

UL Recognized For Leading The Way On Gender Equality

The Action Plan, created by the Department of Education, aims to increase the percentage of women professors to 40 per cent by 2020.   Launching the report, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outlined that the government is hoping to create “a more effective and inclusive higher education sector”.   The plan also says “gender-specific” posts should be considered where they would …

UL Staff and Students Collect Thousands of Toiletries for Asylum Seekers

UL staff and students collected thousands of toiletries for those living in direct provision last week. A number of buildings around UL acted as drop-off points for the toiletries drive including UL Students Life centre, University Concert Hall, Irish World Academy and the Glucksman Library. Staff in the main building, the languages building, the health sciences building, the millstream building, …