Spotlight on Research

Trees in Irish literature

Literature and Ireland's Trees project is aiming to produce an archive about the tree in Irish writing and culture, writes Dr Stephen O'Neill, Department of English

Monday, 22 April 2024

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Who were the Irish people who moved to La Rochelle in the 17th century?

Many of the Irish who settled in the French city between the 1630s and 1680s prospered there as merchants and seafarers, writes PhD scholar Sandrine Tromeur of the Department of History

Tuesday, 16 April 2024

Good news - we're living in a golden age of black hole discoveries

Incredible strides in astrophysics have opened up a completely new window on the Universe and the mysterious black holes, writes Dr John Regan, Royal Society-SFI University Research Fellow in the Department of Theoretical Physics

Wednesday, 10 April 2024

Road traffic signs showing children playing, speed limit of 30 km/h and saying Slow Zone

Why do people break traffic rules and laws?

The puzzle of why some people obey and some disobey traffic laws extends beyond enforcement to the fabric of society itself, writes PhD scholar Shamsoddin Shariati of the Department of Sociology

Thursday, 04 April 2024

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What's needed to reduce the high level of criminal reoffending in Ireland?

With 6 in 10 of those released from prison reoffending within three years, it's clear the justice system alone can't solve this issue, writes Dr Megan Coghlan, School of Law and Criminology

Wednesday, 27 March 2024

How Irish employers could benefit from hiring people with disabilities

Employers adhering to the same old recruitment tactics are failing to capitalise on the untapped talent of people with disabilities, writes PhD scholar Catherine Kelly of the Department of Applied Social Sciences

Thursday, 21 March 2024

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Fire, brimstone and failure: St Patrick's first appearance on an Irish stage

The first depiction of the nation's patron saint on an Irish stage was a disappointing, underwhelming and insulting affair, writes Alan Waldron, a PhD scholar with MU's MACMORRIS project

Thursday, 14 March 2024

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Ferdinand Levy: A Jamaican poet in Dublin

On St Patrick’s Day, March 17 at 4.30pm, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast ‘A Jamaican Poet in Dublin’ on the life of Ferdinand Levy. Dr Karl O’Hanlon of the Department of English explains his discovery of Levy’s poetry

Wednesday, 13 March 2024

Russian President Valdimir Putin seated on a large gold chair with Russian flag in the background

Why do sanctions against Russia succeed or fail?

There are three power dynamics within Russia that allow Vladimir Putin's administration to resist sanctions, writes Ali. A. Ghareh Daghi, PhD scholar and recipient of an Irish Research Council scholarship in the Department of Sociology

Thursday, 07 March 2024

Referendum highlights the political importance of caring

The debate around the upcoming referendum raises issues around the foundational values that guide society and policy, writes Dr Pauline Cullen of the Department of Sociology

Friday, 01 March 2024