Spotlight on Research

What's so smart about smart cities?

Despite increasing popularity, the term 'smart cities' is contested, criticised, and lacks a universal definition, writes Dr Mani Dhingra, Department of Sociology

Wednesday, 12 April 2023

Forestry Ireland

What's the impact of large-scale forestry on Irish communities?

The current approach to large-scale forestry plantations is already having serious effects on communities across Ireland, writes Dr Louise Fitzgerald, Department of Geography

Monday, 03 April 2023

Eoghan Ó Gramhnaigh

The man from Co Meath who had at least 10 funerals

The story of Irish language revivalist Eoghan Ó Gramhnaigh's life, death and extraordinary reburial remains largely unknown to most, writes Dr Tracey Ní Mhaonaigh, Department of Modern Irish

Monday, 27 March 2023

Why All Quiet on the Western Front resonates so much in Germany

The anti-war message of the Oscar nominated film seems to resonate with particular urgency in today's world, writes Dr Britta Jung, German Studies, School of Modern Languages

Monday, 20 March 2023

Meet St Patrick's spin doctor

A cleric who lived 200 years after St Patrick's death is the one responsible for many of the stories around the saint's life writes Dr Niamh Wycherley,

Tuesday, 14 March 2023

A short history of Irish actors at the Oscars

Even before this year's record-breaking run of nominations, Irish actors have had many successes at Hollywood's big night out writes Dr Brian McManus, Oifigeach na Gaeilge

Wednesday, 08 March 2023

Is the proposed 'Fagin's law' an actual change to Irish law?

The new law concerns the grooming of children into crime, but whether it fills a gap in Irish criminal law is open to question, writes Dr Cian Ó Concubhair, School of Law and Criminology

Monday, 06 March 2023

Why Germany is a country grappling with its past, present and future

While it may not be obvious from the outside, German political and public discourse is currently undergoing tremendous change writes Dr Britta Jung, German Studies, School of Modern Languages

Monday, 27 February 2023

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Who insures the insurers against extreme weather events?

Insurance companies increasingly use catastrophe bonds to get financial protection for payouts on damages caused by weather disasters writes Dr Emmanuel Kypraios, ICARUS and School of Business

Monday, 20 February 2023

Famine Memorial Dublin c. Robert Linsdell, Wikimedia

What was life in Dublin like during the Great Famine?

The impact of the Great Famine on many people in the capital city was minimal and life for them continued very much as normal writes Dr Ciarán Reilly, Department of History

Tuesday, 14 February 2023