Spotlight on Research

‘Merry Christmas in the Baron’s Hall’ - how an Irish artist painted an English Christmas

Art history offers a unique visual perspective on how Christmas was represented in Britain and Ireland during the nineteenth-century, writes Benjamin Casey, Department of History

Tuesday, 20 December 2022

Christmas in medieval Ireland

In medieval Ireland, Christmas was not as big a festival as Easter but was still considered a time of feasting and rest, writes Dr Niamh Wycherley, Department of Early Irish

Monday, 12 December 2022

What Viagra tells us about sustainability and repurposing

The little blue pill shows that a solution for one problem can often be successfully repurposed to solve a different challenge, writes Dr Bastian Rake, School of Business

Thursday, 08 December 2022


How data can be used to help fight wildfires in real-time

Researchers from the Department of Computer Science, the National Centre for Geocomputation, and the Irish Air Corps, are working with firefighters to develop a prototype system that will help combat highly destructive wildfires

Thursday, 01 December 2022

5 medieval hair treatments and trends

Connla Mac an Leagha's 16th century collection contains many remedies and treatments for medieval Irish society, writes Dr Siobhán Barrett, Department of Early Irish

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Will temperatures up to 17C become the norm in November?

The recent warmer than usual weather experienced across Europe raises important questions for society, write Shirley Howe and Dr Samantha Hallam, ICARUS and Department of Geography

Thursday, 17 November 2022

How did layoffs become the answer to every business problem?

The short-term interest of financial investors is now what rules every organisation, which is bad news for employees, writes Dr Jean Cushen, School of Business

Wednesday, 09 November 2022

Are smart devices creating an unequal world?

The last 10 years has seen a dramatic change in our use of connected, smart devices, but are they creating an unequal world asks Matthew McKenna, PhD candidate, Department of Psychology

Wednesday, 02 November 2022

Why are sea levels rising higher than expected?

Aside from climate change, local exacerbating factors are behind rising sea levels in Irish coastal cities, writes Dr Gerard McCarthy and Prof Andrew Parnell, ICARUS

Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Why the State should provide early legal advice for refugees

Early legal advice and assistance would benefit both State and applicants resulting in higher-quality decisions and fewer appeals, Victoria Oluwatobi Isa Daniel, School of Law and Criminology

Monday, 17 October 2022