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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 …


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Movember UL raise three times more than last year

by 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 by a group of friends in Australia, 2003 but has since become a worldwide event. In it’s second year running, as of Saturday 28 November at 17.07 the Are UL? Movember …


Letters of Love: Craft Society Links With Limerick Nursing Home as part of Nationwide Pen-Pal Project

The Craft Society have devised their own way of combatting isolation felt my residents of Ireland’s nursing homes, one of the worst effected community’s from the Covid Pandemic. The Pen Pal Project is an incentive by Irish business-owner Stacey Fiat, with the aim to pair Irish nursing home residents with a Pen Pal volunteer. Ireland’s nursing homes were badly hit …

The Housing Disaster: Analysing Our Generation’s Defining Crisis

by Chloe O’Keefe – Editor at An Focal; Conor Capplis – Senior Reporter at The College Tribune; Paddy Henry – Editor at Student Independent News; Conor Brummell – News Editor at Student Independent News; Maeve McTaggert – News Editor at University Express Elisha Carey – Features Editor at University Express. Edited by Fiona Keeley – Editor at University Express. We are living in …

Taken IV: Takeaway Pints

by Cian Dalton. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly was forced to withdraw his memo banning takeaway pints earlier this week after failing to garner enough support from Cabinet. Following videos surfacing online of large numbers and groups drinking takeaway pints on South William Street in Dublin, the Government acted swiftly and moved to ban takeaway pints altogether. The Health Minister was …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

#repealtheseal

by Shannon Sweeney 179,831, and counting people have signed a petition to prevent the sealing of records from the Mother and Baby homes for a further 30 years. Aitheantas, Adoptee Identity Rights started the petition on Friday and within 24hrs 20,000 people had signed it. On the Aitheantas, Adoptee Rights uplift page, they say preventing the sealing of the archive …