Fashion, Features, Fuinneamh

The Lasting Influence of Coco Chanel

The two interlocking C’s, a definition of enduring fashion which has outlived both its founder and creative directors- most notably Karl Larger field who passed in 2019. The brains behind the Parisian stronghold was once an unassuming orphan, acquiring her sewing skills under the instruction of nuns. Critics cite this adverse beginning in life an inspiration to the artist- with …


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UL FM Win Big: Clubs and Socs Award Winners Announced

Student Life has announced its annual award winners on an virtual ceremony held on  Friday 9th April.   This year, the awards took place virtually the form of a YouTube video.  The Club and Society of the Year went to UL FM, beating competition from nominees  Economics and Investments and Enactus UL.  “We are over the moon to have been announced …


Acts of Desperation Review- A Striking, Compulsive Read

This hotly anticipated debut from the Waterford-born Megan Nolan is a self-assured anti-romance, detailing an obsessive relationship’s collapse.  This self-exploration starts in Dublin in 2012 and chapters are aided with from the more mature narrator reflecting from Athens Greece seven years later,  punctuating accounts of self-destructive narrative with maturity and insight.  An art critic Ciaran becomes the subject of the …

“I’m more interested in people painting as a means of enhancing their life” In Conversation with Artist Jim Furlong

Limerick is a flourishing artistic hub, with many creatives inspired by the city due to its vibrant residencies and an internationally renowned art college. Artist and educator Jim Furlong takes inspiration from the city. A resident of James Street Studios, the painter often sketches from life to produce his critically acclaimed work. He continues to produce art in his studio, …

An Focal Art Club #7- Harry Clarke

Hailed as one of the greatest stained glass artists of all time, Harry Clarke contributed in establishing Ireland’s unique artistic voice during the early years of the Free State. With vivid lively faces rooted in the revival of Gothic stained glass imagery, Harry Clarke is remembered as one of Ireland’s greatest artists and mastered both drawing and glass in his …

Opinion: College Court Drama Exposes Deeper Problems For Third Level Students

College Court was brought to national attention last night. Equipped with fireworks, a butchered rendition of Come On Eileen and shameless public stories, Irish Twitter descended into chaos.  For most UL students, social media was where we watched the antics unfold. Most of us haven’t set foot on campus since March and have spent the last year grappling with online …

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 …

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 …