Laura Donnellan’s (School of Law) opinion piece discusses the recent retirement of Katie Walsh and the involvement of women in horseracing dating back to the latter part of the nineteenth century. The role and contribution of women in racing has become increasingly publicised. The amount of news coverage that Walsh’s retirement has generated is testament… Continue reading Opinion: Women in horseracing
John Hogan, Department of Politics and Public Administration, writes for RTÉ's Brainstorm on the issue of land reform in South Africa. South Africa has seen a surge in land invasions in recent months, a further indication of how emotive this issue is for many citizens Read in full: http://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/0419/955629-this-land-is-my-land/
By Professor Neil Robinson, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick Opinion: the west needs to make it known that it is above trolling because the majority of Russians want more links with the west The biggest trolling of all was the Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Russian actions may have had some… Continue reading OPINION: How do you deal with a troll like Putin?
Opinion: protest songs may not change the world by themselves, but they have the capacity to change the minds of people who in turn can certainly change the world. Written by Martin J. Power, Aileen Dillane, Amanda Haynes and Eoin Devereux, Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster & Power, Discourse and Society Research Cluster,… Continue reading Say it loud: the continuing relevance of protest songs
"It cannot automatically be inferred that the complainant was lying from the not-guilty finding. The verdict can be interpreted to mean that there was insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt." Prof. Shane Kilcommins, Head of UL's School of Law writes in The Irish Times about the #IBelieveHer hashtag and social media commentary on the Belfast… Continue reading OPINION: Hashtag justice is no justice at all
Laura Donnellan (School of Law) writes for RTÉ'S Brainstorm about how, as recent legal cases around bridge show, defining what constitutes a sport can be a fraught process. "A sport needs to have a physical element, so mere mental agility is not enough for an activity to be classified as a sport." Read the full… Continue reading OPINION: When is an activity classified as a sport?
"Figures indicate that approximately three per cent of children detected for offences are responsible for over 50 percent of all youth crime in Ireland." Sean Redmond, Adjunct Professor of Youth Justice in the School of Law article was the featured article on RTE’s Brainstorm on the 8th of March 2018. Sean’s article is titled… Continue reading Long read: How Irish crime gangs are a hidden threat to child well-being
1918 was a seminal year in Irish, European and global history. Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam, Course Director, MA in Public History & Cultural Heritage at UL looks back on St. Patrick's Day in Ireland a century ago. Witness statements given decades later to the Bureau of Military History (1913–21) by former volunteers detailed local tensions with… Continue reading What was St Patrick’s Day like in 1918?
Happy International Women's Day! On our blog today, our Dean, Prof. Helen Kelly Holmes writes about changing attitudes to women in academia #IWD18
Dr Kathleen Turner is a singer, songwriter, community musician and researcher. She is Course Director of the MA Community Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and this year’s recipient of the Jerome Hynes Fellowship, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. She is currently in New Zealand on a cultural trip as… Continue reading Kathleen Turner writes about why celebrations of culture are so important
The following blog post was original posted on the Irish Humanities Alliance blog and is reproduced here with kind permission from the Irish Humanities Alliance. That the global headlines proclaiming the unexpected death of 'The Cranberries’ singer Dolores O’Riordan emanated originally from the regional newspaper, 'The Limerick Leader', would not have surprised anyone who knew… Continue reading Dolores O’Riordan’s Impact and Legacy
Our Assistant Dean, Research, Dr Niamh NicGhabhann, has written an article for RTÉ Brainstorm on how the Roman Catholic Church embarked on a huge programme of church building in the 19th century funded by donations from parishioners and the Irish diaspora. It’s clear from the records of this period, and from the buildings in our cities, towns and villages, that… Continue reading OPINION: How the Catholic Church built its property portfolio