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Finding the comfort in discomfort; former UL student Dora Gola on her new single

by Chloe O’Keeffe “I never even considered anything else; it was always music.” Former UL Voice and Dance student Dora Gola always knew her path in life was music, and the various lockdowns over the past 12 months has helped her reignite this passion. “I always feel bad talking about it, but Covid was a blessing for me,” she remarked. …


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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 …


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 …

Ireland is rife with sexual assault; and we need to talk about it

by Ellie McCarthy. Trigger Warning: sexual assault I have a friend who is afraid to go to her local shop because her attacker works there. I have a friend that is scared to go back to college because her attacker goes there. I have a friend who moved schools because of what happened her. I have a friend who was …

UL Student Rian Bailey Finds Success With Lockdown Podcast

Rian Bailey, a 21-year-old journalism and new media UL student from Sligo, has recently set up a podcast titled “Ball Talk”. The show includes a wide variety of guest speakers from the sporting world who all bring their knowledge of different sports to create a variety of topics spoken about on the podcast.  Rian always wanted to start up a …

The Unsettling Truth behind Framing Britney Spears

Britney Spears is THE childhood icon to anyone born in the 90s. And for those of us who were too young to fully understand her catastrophic downfall in 2007, Framing Britney Spears is an at times horrifying reminder of the media culture of the day that revelled in tearing her down. Much of the documentary is also dedicated to explaining …

“We have to lose the sax solo!”- The Making of My Lovely Horse

On a Good Friday 1996, in a house on Kerry’s road in Limerick, a group were gathered to view an episode of comedy that is now enshrined in the Irish psyche. My father was part of that group as they previewed what many view as the greatest episode of a TV comedy in Irish history. The episode was ’A Song …