Features

Shopping local in Limerick this Covid Christmas

by Ríona Gillespie. It’s no secret that businesses have taken a massive blow as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. All over Limerick and indeed across the country, shuttered shop fronts is an unfortunately common sight – many never to be opened again. However, the resilience of Irish businesses is ever-present. From click and collect services to home delivery, these businesses …


Politics

The US Election: Looking in from the Outside

I’m writing this article on Election Day, November 3rd. By the time you read this, the United States may be well in the middle of the ballot-counting process. Perhaps, a winner may have been announced. But, in all likelihood, the mood of elation (or devastation) that often accompanies election day as it dwindles into election night could be pushed out …


US Election Day

The US presidential election is coming closer each hour, with the recent polls being in favour of the Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden. However in 2016 the polls were overwhelmingly in favour of Clinton rather than Trump but due to the Electoral College, Trump had more votes. This election has also seen the mail in ballot voting method …

Will You STAND for Climate Migration?

By Erin McIvor Do you imagine communities leaving their homes and country to live somewhere else? Do you think of family farms becoming unsustainable due to climate change? Or does a town having to relocate 9 miles due to coastal erosion come to mind? Unsurprisingly, climate migration causes all the above examples and much more, affecting countless people each year. …

University of Limerick Movember Challenge exceeding total funds raised last year before the month begins

By An Focal Editor, 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 in Australia in 2003 but has since become a worldwide event. Movember UL is in its second year running and has already exceeded last year’s total fundraising. Last …

Final year cut short for students due to shock closure

By Shannon Sweeney Fourth- year undergraduate, postgraduate and international students’ express sadness over the closure of the University of Limerick (UL) during their final semester. For the past two weeks, students across the country have been studying from home while many international students have had to return to their home countries. Many students fear that the university will remain closed …