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Charity Week Diary through the Eyes and Ears of a First Year Student

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The week officially began on Sunday, and the first day of Charity Week was a blur for me. Being from Laois where there are only buses every couple of hours (which are never on time), I managed to arrive in U.L. at 8:30pm. The County Colours event in the stables began at 9:30pm. Of course, I had left all of my make-up in Limerick. Typical. After getting ready in less than half an hour and throwing on a very old Laois jersey, I made my way to The Stables with my friends. The place was packed with students wearing their various home-county colours. I was amused that there were a few people the...

Charity Week – A Sober Account

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So I was sober for Charity Week. I’m always sober. In fact, I’ve never been drunk. Yes, I’m a pioneer. Not often you meet a pioneer in college I know. I’m a rare species. But Charity Week for me was the same as it was for you… believe it or not. I went out 4/5 nights, that’s not bad eh? I struggled to get out of bed for class the next morning, just like the rest of you. I wasn’t even hung-over, that’s a bit embarrassing! I do think hangovers are contagious or else the Coke gets the better of me every time. Anyway, I am only a second year but I can safely say this h...

The OPC: A semester of new heights, shenanigans and your typical levels of craic!

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The OPC considers itself its own toughest critic. The standard set by each committee year in year out far exceeds the expectations of even its members and this year has been no exception. With a record number of members for the semester, ground breaking trips and brand new events, both the present and the future look good for our daring and wonderful club. An extremely successful recruitment drive led to the OPC growing to over 650 members, more than the club has reached in the previous few years. The momentum of this achievement was carried through to our Glendalough trip where over 100 me...

Society in the Spotlight: UL Tea Appreciation Society

Do you love tea? Are you passionate about all types of tea, the intricacies of brewing, all possible combinations and permutations? Then tea appreciation society is for you! For aspiring tea masters and or those who just want to relax with a cuppa at the end of a hard day's study, we invite you to come join and try something new. Nobody can be bad at drinking tea. Tea Society is a place to talk about anything and everything. There are so many wonderful varieties to experiment with. UL Tea Appreciation Society is only two years old, but is on its way to becoming a firm favourite for UL stude...

A History of Queerbashing in Limerick

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Queerbash has been Limerick’s biggest LGBTQ night out for almost a decade, bringing the straight and queer community together each year. Queerbash all began in 2004 when Paddy McHugh (RIP), the then President of Out in UL Society, decided to take the words Queer and Bash and make it into something positive for the gay community. At the time, it was also a response to strong violence against the queer community. The first Queerbash event took place on the third of March 2004 in Limerick’s Trinity Rooms. The name was shocking, as was the celebration itself. Queerbash 5 featured a...

“In a way, we are kind of like a family” Out in UL Win Big at the GALAs

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University of Limerick’s “Out in UL” society has won the award for Best LGBT Student Society at the GALAS which took place in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel on Friday, March 6. The GALAS were created in 2009 by GCN and The National Lesbian and Gay Federation (NLGF) to honour those who work towards a better future for LGBT people in Ireland. Secretary of the Out in UL committee Colin Doherty was delighted to be a part of the celebrations: “The GALAS are a really prestigious awards ceremony and it was an honour to be nominated, so when we found out we won we were in a state of shoc...

Animal Welfare Society Get Tails Wagging With Upcoming Fundraiser

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Animal Welfare is on of UL’s newest societies and we aim to create a positive attitude towards animals and promote the proper care of all animals. This semester the society has aimed to tackle the equine crisis in Limerick. It is no surprise for anyone who attends University in the Limerick area that mistreatment of horses has sadly become a common thing to witness. Whether they are being left tethered to a small patch of land with no access to water or food or being forced to race using ill-fitting tack on busy city roads that cause them great pain to gallop on. We will be holding fund...

A Year With Racing & Motorsport

(L-R): Adrian McGowan, Cathal O’Donnell, Daniel Stapleton, Diarmaid Toomey, Josh Sherry)

So far, this year has been a great one for the lads and ladies of UL Racing and Motorsport. From our first international trip, to our participation in Inter varsities, to increased membership, the society has gone from strength to strength. This academic year has been a great one for us here in ULRM. We kicked off the year with a fantastic turn out and sign up at the Semester 1 Recruitment Drive. Interest was certainly peaked at the Rec Drive, with our Forza competition and a display from our friends at NKC. New members were eager to get involved and it wasn’t long before we had our fi...

Apps You Need To Know About!

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We all waste our days snapping our friends selfies with too many chins on SnapChat or using cheesy chat up lines on Tinder, but it's time to get productive and download a few lifesaving apps. 1. Snapseed For those of us who like to give their photo a bit of filter before uploading to Facebook or Instagram, this app is perfect for you. Unlike some of the many photo editing apps out there, Snapseed contains more than basic filters. The app has extensive options for changing the format of your photo along with a wide range of filters and adjustment settings. 2. My Fitness Pal This app...

My Mental Health – An Inside View Of UL’s Counselling Service

 “My family was falling apart, I felt totally alone, isolated and scared of absolutely everything. It is an achievement for me to be able to sit through a lecture now without having a total panic attack” “If your body was unwell you would go to a doctor, wouldn’t you? So why shouldn’t we do the same for our mind?” Mental health is a big issue in UL, as well as the rest of Ireland. It is something people really don’t like facing up to or admitting that they need help or support. Thing is, everyone needs it at some point! With the type of world we live in, how cou...