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Movember UL raise three times more than last year

by Chloe O’Keeffe Movember is an annual fundraising event which takes place during the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health. The event was first set up by a group of friends in Australia, 2003 but has since become a worldwide event. In it’s second year running, as of Saturday 28 November at 17.07 the Are UL? Movember …


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The Legacy of The Boomtown Rats

For music to retain the same punchy relevance almost half a decade on, more credit is due to The Boomtown Rats. Following the most hectic year for the band since their reunion in 2013, the turn of the decade saw the group release a long-awaited album. Frontman Bob Geldof even released a book containing lyrics and fragments from the band’s …


Letters of Love: Craft Society Links With Limerick Nursing Home as part of Nationwide Pen-Pal Project

The Craft Society have devised their own way of combatting isolation felt my residents of Ireland’s nursing homes, one of the worst effected community’s from the Covid Pandemic. The Pen Pal Project is an incentive by Irish business-owner Stacey Fiat, with the aim to pair Irish nursing home residents with a Pen Pal volunteer. Ireland’s nursing homes were badly hit …

Gavin Coombes: Munster Rugby and The ‘West Cork Mafia’

West Cork back-rower Gavin Coombes is hot off his back-to-back man of the match performances against Ospreys and Glasgow respectively. The number 8 has been in terrific try-scoring form for Munster, scoring a hat-trick in the Ospreys game.  Coming from Bandon Grammar Secondary School, Gavin said there was a huge jump between school’s rugby and the Munster academy. “I went …

The Housing Disaster: Analysing Our Generation’s Defining Crisis

by Chloe O’Keefe – Editor at An Focal; Conor Capplis – Senior Reporter at The College Tribune; Paddy Henry – Editor at Student Independent News; Conor Brummell – News Editor at Student Independent News; Maeve McTaggert – News Editor at University Express Elisha Carey – Features Editor at University Express. Edited by Fiona Keeley – Editor at University Express. We are living in …

Taken IV: Takeaway Pints

by Cian Dalton. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly was forced to withdraw his memo banning takeaway pints earlier this week after failing to garner enough support from Cabinet. Following videos surfacing online of large numbers and groups drinking takeaway pints on South William Street in Dublin, the Government acted swiftly and moved to ban takeaway pints altogether. The Health Minister was …

A Day in the Life: Student Nurses during the Pandemic

12-hour shifts, no pay. We are accustomed to hearing about the ongoing struggle faced by student nurses on placement in Ireland and the injustice done by the government to leave them very little financial support. This year, however, is bringing even greater strife, and that is the Covid-19 pandemic. Young men and women we see as our peers, close-friends and …

Coronavirus Vaccines: Here’s what we know

by Aoife O’Sullivan Early in the week American pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced that they had successfully manufactured a vaccine that was 90% effective in Stage 3 of the vaccine testing process. A week later, Moderna, another American company announced that they had developed a vaccine that is almost 95% effective, without needing to be stored at the extremely low temperatures …

Is Irish Rugby Leaning Too Heavily on Leinster’s Players?

With a new international competition deemed the “Autumn Nations Cup” taking place, is Andy Farrell’s squad relying too much on Leinster players, rather than picking up-and-coming athletes from the other three provinces? The cup will include England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Fiji and Georgia. It is split into two pools of four countries, with Ireland being pooled into Group …

The Millennial Obsession: Fast Fashion, Thrifting and Environmentalism

by Ciara Mannion “OMG! I just bought this top from Pennies for only €2. I just couldn’t pass it up. I only saw it on sale recently. I am in love!!  #blessed # bargain #thankshunpennies” It is clear that millennial’s general obsession with fast fashion has risen to extraordinary measures in the last decade, to such an extent that it …