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Is there a future for Print Media?

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The Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) figures released in August for newspaper sales in Ireland show an alarming decrease across all main Irish newspaper, with many predicting the inevitable demise of the newspaper industry itself. Even our An Focal has seen better days. It's now accepted that if a business is not online, you might as well write the businesses death certificate. The online world is all some of us know now. It's now accepted that if a business is not online, you might as well write the businesses death certificate. The online world is all some of us know now. Globall...

Limerick Graffiti Artists “No Banksy” Says Leddin

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A Limerick city Councillor has claimed graffiti artists in the city are “no Banksy” as concerns about illegal graffiti grow. Independent councillor Kathleen Leddin made the statement after Labour councillor Joe Leddin said he wished to “name and shame” the graffiti vandals last week. Cllr Leddin said he would ask members of Garda Síochána for their names and will then want to name and shame them, but did not mention how. This comes as more than 40 fines of €150 euro have been issued in Limerick this year in relation to illegal graffiti. The former Mayor said the damage done t...

Former US President Visits UL For Scholarship Event

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Former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton visited the University of Limerick as a guest of honour last weekend to award the JP McManus All-Ireland scholarship to 125 students. In his speech, Mr. Clinton spoke about the importance of scholarships, stating that in his lifetime he had received three, which enabled him to study at famed colleges such as Oxford and Yale. It is believed that Mr. Clinton received a six figure sum for attending the awards, with the sum in question largely thought to be in the region of $250,000 but Mr. McManus and his representatives have re...

Kick off with UL Tae Kwon Do Club

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The UL Taekwondo Club has been hard at it over the last semester. This semester’s weekend away trip took place in Galway. Following on from hosting NUI Galway taekwondo club in UL for an interclub training session the previous year, NUI Galway Taekwondo aptly returned the favour. Four cars of UL Taekwondo’s club members left early on a sunny Saturday morning from UL’s campus and arrived in Galway a short time later. A tough training ensued in the state of the art Kingfisher sports club located on NUI Galway’s campus. Training began with quite intensive cardio followed by static and ...

Unbeaten & A Date With Destiny Versus NUIG

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In what has been an interesting season so far for the UL Soccer Club, it is the men’s senior team for whom league glory seems most likely. Currently unbeaten, the men’s team now face NUI Galway, also unbeaten, in the final league game of the season. The season started with an away trip to GMIT. After going one down in the first half, UL showed great fight and character in the second half. The equaliser came in the 58th minute when, after a scramble in the box, the ball fell to Stephen Devane five yards out with his back to goal. He calmly squared it up for Kevin Tattan who buried it...

Charlie Bird To Debate with UL Students on Thursday

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UL Debating Union and UL Development Society will jointly host a debate on Humanitarian Intervention in the Jonathan Swift Theatre (B1023) on Thursday, 11 October at 7.30pm. Former RTE war correspondent Charlie Bird is just one of the guest speakers attending. He has reported on both Gulf Wars and the Rwandan genocide, among other conflicts. “This House Would Intervene” is the motion to be discussed, the debate will focus on the legitimacy of interventions in foreign conflict. Each speaker will be given seven minutes to speak, and the floor will then open to Q&A from the audienc...

Library cracks down on noisy readers

2B Library cracks down on noisy readers

A new noise management system has been put into place in the University’s library. This implementation came about as a result of the library’s third LibQual survey, where over 2,000 students issued concerns about the level of noise. As a result of the survey, certain areas of the Glucksman Library have been zoned, by colours, to distinguish the different levels of sound that is and is not permitted. As well as this additional change, the UL Library will trial a student noise monitor, who will patrol the building’s busy hours; between 4pm and 7pm. As before, the library’s securit...

UL affected in city bus changes

2A UL affected in city bus changes

Bus Eireann city bus services to the University have been affected following sweeping changes to the bus network. The amendments, which were implemented on Sunday, 16 September, see many routes across Limerick being either removed or amalgamated. The route number 308/308A, which was often referred to affectionately as “The 308”, has been removed. UL has now become part of route 304, which will now operate from Ballycummin and Raheen to the city, with buses continuing to UL via William Street and the regular route via Childers Road. This is positive for those who may wish to co...

The Big Fella Returns Home

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After 90 years in hiding, Michael Collins this summer surfaced to go on his now famous State side tour. With the pressure of celebrity taking its toll, the six-foot Corkman has returned home. An Focal caught up with Mick and UL companion John Grace to find out about their adventures. With the original Collins long gone, the substitute is an impressive six-foot cardboard cut-out, who accompanied John and friends across the US while on J1. Of course, for a man who once carried a £10,000 price on his head, travel isn’t always the easiest. Ditching the bicycle and heading for the airp...

Paint that damn placard!

Over this year’s Orientation Week thousands of students have passed through the doors of our Students’ Union building and those students have all been given relatively the same message from our sabbatical officers and Orientation guides. A message of pro-activism, a message that this is your Students’ Union, that the Students’ Union is here for your voice to be heard. All of these statements can be said to be true, but to what extent? For many, and let’s be honest here, Orientation Week will be the last time that they will step through the doors of the Students’ Union in any signif...