Art Club, Arts & Culture, Features, Fuinneamh

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 …


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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 …

Lost Boys: “I think the majority of that EP actually came together in my bedroom in Castletroy”

Lost Boys are an Indie-Pop band consisting of Limerick natives Peadar Storey, Michael Meleady, Peter Corbett, and Patrick O’Donnell. Forming in the summer of 2018 and adding a member shortly after, the group have finally released their long-awaited debut EP titled “Honey Mustard”. I sat down (in a virtual sense) with Michael and Patrick to chat about their experience working …

Why is The Tommy Tiernan Show so successful?

In an age of Instagram influencers, viral TikTok dances and daily Covid-19 case figures, the Tommy Tiernan brings a welcome change to the usual façade of late-night talk shows. Airing every Saturday night, the show offers an unconventional approach to interviewing, with each week’s guests remaining unknown to not only Tommy, but the viewers as well. Only this type of …

Why Taylor Swift is Revisiting her Past to Reclaim her Future

How can you put into words the icon that is Taylor Swift? While we are all sitting around complaining about the pandemic and how hard it is to get work done, Taylor is recording two whole new albums and re-recording five of her old albums as well?! But why is that? Not only is she a creative genius, but she …

“Sexy and Scandalous”- An Honest Bridgerton Review

By Jodie McCormack After its release in December 2020 ‘Bridgerton’ quickly became one of Netflix’s most watched series with over 80 million households watching the eight-episode first season. The Netflix series created by Chris Van Dusen is based on the Bridgerton book series by American writer Julia Quinn. Bridgerton’s executive producer Shonda Rhimes is no stranger to series success, she …