Spotlight on Research

Medieval cathedral sitting in a wall graveyard containing a round tower in sunlight

How St Brigid made Kildare the hotspot of 7th century Ireland

Medieval writer Cogitosus described Kildare as a 'vast and metropolitan city' thanks to the presence of the tomb of St Brigid, writes Dr Niamh Wycherley, Lecturer in the Department of Early Irish at Maynooth University

Thursday, 01 February 2024

Irish naval vessel at dock in front of a large grey building

Will new pay measures help retention in the Irish Naval Service?

Despite a boost from participation in humanitarian operations, the Irish Naval Service has suffered an ongoing exodus of personnel, writes Giovanni Parente, PhD scholar in the Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies

Friday, 26 January 2024

Interacting molecular tiles recognise patterns to choose what nano-scale letter they should assemble themselves into

Self-assembling molecules have hidden neural network-like abilities

A new study by researchers at Maynooth University, University of Chicago and California Institute of Technology, published in Nature, shows how the molecules that build structures can do both the thinking and the doing

Thursday, 18 January 2024

10 practical stress management tips for students

This can be an overwhelming and stressful time of year for students but there are practical ways to manage it, writes PhD scholar Nicola Glennon of the Department of Adult and Community Education

Wednesday, 10 January 2024

Unlocking the secrets of disease-causing fungus Aspergillus fumigatus

Ground-breaking research published in Nature Communications provides key insights into deadly fungal disease, writes Dr Özgür Bayram of the Department of Biology

Thursday, 04 January 2024

The 'turkey lift': when Irish turkeys were sent in droves to Britain for Christmas

From 1948, a special scheme delivered thousands of Christmas turkeys from Irish families to relatives in Britain, writes Dr Stephanie Rains, Associate Professor of Media Studies

Monday, 18 December 2023

How did the saint who inspired Santa Claus end up in a Co Kilkenny grave?

The remains of St Nicholas are said to be in the grounds of a ruined church in Co Kilkenny thanks to some medieval adventurers, writes PhD scholar Helen Doyle, Department of History

Tuesday, 12 December 2023

How supermarkets turned loyalty cards into a data treasure trove

Loyalty cards were once a way to reward repeat customers but the data they produce is a lucrative revenue source for supermarkets, writes Dr Nada Elnahla, School of Business

Tuesday, 28 November 2023

MU researchers tackle antimicrobial resistance

Researchers at Maynooth University have created a new molecule that could help in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria.

Monday, 20 November 2023

Science Week: Three ex-hurricanes hit Ireland in recent weeks. What's going on?

Research shows there's has been a significant increase in the number of ex-tropical cyclones and Ireland will need to be prepared, writes Dr Samantha Hallam and Randy Aird, ICARUS

Monday, 13 November 2023