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Non- attendance at UL Counselling Service drops

by Aishlin Hennigan THE amount of session ‘non-attendance’ for the counselling service in University of Limerick (UL) decreased when remote learning came into practice in March 2020. The percentage non-attendance appointments dropped from 25 percent to 5 percent throughout the March to May period. Dr. Rachel Glennon the Assistant Psychologist at Éist Student Counselling & Wellbeing Service said: “This highlights …


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On Campus Covid-19 Tests Now Available to UL Students

The University of Limerick is now holding Covid-Testing on campus due to an increased level of transmission in the Castletroy area. The dominant UK Covid-19 variant has been cited as placing a high risk of transmission in the student community. UL has paired with the HSE, An Garda Síochána  and Public Health Mid-West to provide this protective measure for students. “In the …


A Day in the Life: Student Nurses during the Pandemic

12-hour shifts, no pay. We are accustomed to hearing about the ongoing struggle faced by student nurses on placement in Ireland and the injustice done by the government to leave them very little financial support. This year, however, is bringing even greater strife, and that is the Covid-19 pandemic. Young men and women we see as our peers, close-friends and …

Coronavirus Vaccines: Here’s what we know

by Aoife O’Sullivan Early in the week American pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced that they had successfully manufactured a vaccine that was 90% effective in Stage 3 of the vaccine testing process. A week later, Moderna, another American company announced that they had developed a vaccine that is almost 95% effective, without needing to be stored at the extremely low temperatures …

50% of Irish Menstruators have Experienced Period Poverty

Period Poverty impacts the lives of half of Ireland’s teenagers. This stark finding by student Clodagh Guerin urged her to change the stigma by establishing Anytime of The Month. This student led social enterprise aims to alleviate the effects of period poverty through creating a network of friendly strangers distinguished by a pink and blue badge. The driven activist Clodagh …

SexEd documentary director discusses Ireland’s more liberal society, filmmaking process

SexEd is a documentary by filmmaker Tatiana Evonuk, and the director said the documentary she hopes the documentary “starts a conversation in the culture.” Speaking to An Focal, Tatiana describes the documentary as “a communal effort influenced heavily by deeply negative and ongoing social effects the Catholic Church and its doctrine continue to have on young people’s perception or level …

What is Movember?

This month, thousands of men around the world are growing their moustaches. Either Charlie Chaplin is slowly infiltrating the men’s fashion scene or there is a perfectly valid reason for this. Thankfully, the latter is true. We all know someone who has taken part in Movember but there’s little said about what Movember actually is. In the abyss of the …

How to handle homesickness in college

You worked your arse off, landed your dream degree, but now what? Now, the dream is over. You didn’t think it was possible, but somehow you seem a bit lost. Suddenly, you get nervous about meeting new people, started talking less and miss the comforts of back home. What do you do? Whether you’ve just experienced homesickness briefly or have …