Art Club, Arts & Culture, Fuinneamh

An Focal Art Club #5 -Jean-Michel Basquiat

“I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is.” Remembered for a strikingly short, meteoric career, Jean Michel Basquiat is the embodiment of a troubled genius. Having overcome poverty to lead an anti-establishment art movement inspired by the New York graffiti scene, Basquiat continues to send shock …


Art Club, Arts & Culture, Fuinneamh

An Focal Art Club #4- Yayoi Kusama

At 89 years old, few artists have made a larger impact on the contemporary art world than Yayoi Kusama. From spurring Pop Art to defining Minimalism, the iconic polka dot artist has an impressive body of work that explores mental illness, consumerism and the psyche. Hailed as one of the most important living Japanese artists today, Yayoi Kusama has achieved …


An Focal Art Club #3- Egon Schiele

Tortured, emaciated figures lost in thought in a dizzying space, melting backgrounds and skin resembling decay. Retaining the same shock factor a century on, the troubling works of Egon Schiele continues to intrigue art lovers. In a short life, he became a pioneer of the Expressionist movement while making strides through shocking, bold and sexual works. Tension, anxiety and sexuality …

Coco’s Law Commences to Mark Safer Internet Day

The Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill was officially launched yesterday (February 9th) to mark Safer Internet Day. The law has created two new offences to criminalise non-consensual distribution of intimate images. The first offence addresses the distribution or publication of intimate images without consent and with the intent to cause harm which can lead to an unlimited fine …

On Campus Covid-19 Tests Now Available to UL Students

The University of Limerick is now holding Covid-Testing on campus due to an increased level of transmission in the Castletroy area. The dominant UK Covid-19 variant has been cited as placing a high risk of transmission in the student community. UL has paired with the HSE, An Garda Síochána  and Public Health Mid-West to provide this protective measure for students. “In the …

An Focal Art Club #2- Faith Ringgold

In 1968, a black artist launched her first solo exhibition American People. The display quickly became a talking point for its unflinching depictions of racial tensions. #20: Die depicts the riots of 1967. Crimson blood splatters contorted, helpless figures with their haunted saucer eyes spelling pain, both animalistic and terrified. The men and women wear business clothes, making the business …

An Focal Art Club #1- Grayson Perry

Welcome to the first piece of a new series for Funnieamh!This series aims to provide a crash course in various influential figures from the art world throughout the semester. Art can provide a valuable form of both escapism and inspiration during this isolated time and the hope of the series is a featured artist may start a reader on a …

An Post Irish Book Awards Winners Announced

by Aislinn Kelly The acclaimed novel follows the return of a missing woman to rural Tipperary and is a passionate exploration of a family’s dynamic set in Ryan’s native county in the 1970s.  The win was announced as part of the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020 which took place on Wednesday 25th November.  For the first time, the awards …

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 …