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Gavin Coombes: Munster Rugby and The ‘West Cork Mafia’

West Cork back-rower Gavin Coombes is hot off his back-to-back man of the match performances against Ospreys and Glasgow respectively. The number 8 has been in terrific try-scoring form for Munster, scoring a hat-trick in the Ospreys game.  Coming from Bandon Grammar Secondary School, Gavin said there was a huge jump between school’s rugby and the Munster academy. “I went …


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Is Irish Rugby Leaning Too Heavily on Leinster’s Players?

With a new international competition deemed the “Autumn Nations Cup” taking place, is Andy Farrell’s squad relying too much on Leinster players, rather than picking up-and-coming athletes from the other three provinces? The cup will include England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Fiji and Georgia. It is split into two pools of four countries, with Ireland being pooled into Group …


England v Ireland: Gulf Between Sides Evident in London

Irish players chased shadows around Wembley last night as England comfortably beat Stephen Kenny’s men 3-0. Two first-half goals from Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho followed by a Dominic Calvert-Lewin penalty gave England the victory. Gareth Southgate can be pleased with his side’s performance – he probably knows that it was the easiest challenge they had faced in a while.  …

From Duckling to SWAN – The Evolution of Gender Equality in Irish Universities

In February 2018, University College Cork (UCC) announced their commitment to appoint a minimum of 40% of women in all major decision-making bodies within the university by 2022. This commitment forms part of a four-year initiative aimed at achieving equal representation of women across all areas of the university.  UCC’s pledge to tackle gender inequality is just one of many …

Does Religion Have a Place Among Young People Anymore?

When you think of the word ‘Priest’, many connotations come to mind. Some are positive, whilst others not so much. Now imagine a priest surrounded by hormonal, brutally honest teenagers who is more open to change than the Pope. “If [the Catholic Church] doesn’t change then it will die, but maybe it has to die for something new to emerge. …

Resistance To Change

  Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or have just arisen from a coma then you’ll have heard the news about Ireland holding a referendum on abortion this summer. As the news was announced, protests by pro-life campaigners were organised using emotive placards featuring children with Down Syndrome and medically inaccurate photos of late term abortions. In some instances, …

UL Law Degrees Gain Recognition by the Bar Council of India

The University of Limerick (UL) School of Law has achieved recognition of its Law Plus and Law and Accounting Degrees by the Bar Council of India. This recognition will position graduates of these degrees to practice law in India.   The process to gain recognition began in January 2017 and involved the submission of a report and a five day …