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Creativity is key for the role of Communities Officer, only active one year

by Ellen Gough Being elected to the Student Life Officer team during an entirely online academic year is challenging. Being elected to a brand-new role is a whole other level. Chelsea Joyce certainly didn’t anticipate a year like this as the first ever Communities Officer. “To be honest, my manifesto went out the window with Covid,” she said. The role …


Narcis’sips Founder Cathal O’Reilly Talks Business, Carbon Footprints and the Sustainable Movement

2020 was a big year for reusable cup company Narcis’sips and its founder, Cathal O’Reilly. The Irish company, which pioneered the affordable reusable, appeared in GQ magazine and on national TV. As I sit down virtually with the young accountant on a Friday afternoon, he explains that Narcis’sips began as a side project, while studying for his accounting exams in …

Young Tipperary Entrepreneur Finds Huge Success With Makeup

Caoimhe Milner did not see the limitations of living in the small town of Nenagh Co. Tipperary as an obstacle when following her dreams. The 20-year-old always enjoyed makeup and took a leap of faith at the incredibly young age of 16 and set up a business page known as ‘caoimhemaimakeup’ on the popular photo-sharing platform Instagram. Milner attended Borrisokane …

Godzilla vs. Kong Review: The Nonsensical, The Half-Baked and The Wonderful

After several pushbacks and speculation, Godzilla, and King Kong have finally had their long-awaited grudge match almost fifty nine years in the making after the extremely silly 1962 Toho original. It is the equivalent of a heavyweight show-down the likes that Muhammad Ali and George Foreman would be proud of and to put it simply, it delivers, somewhat. Godzilla vs. …

These Shoes Are Made for Locals: Limerick Business Adapts to Lockdown

Shops and businesses around Ireland have suffered over the last 12 months as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Other than the words COVID-19 and two metres, phrases such as  ‘support your local’ have gained popularity in this timeframe.  The economy, in general, has suffered both in Ireland and globally but one economy that we have seen first hand suffer …

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. …

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, …