Spotlight on Research

Farfalle pasta bows

Should we love carbohydrates and sugars?

Research by Aoife Harbison of our Dept of Chemistry investigates why Carbohydrates are seen as public enemy number one in our modern world and why it's time to change this negative perception.

Monday, 14 January 2019

A person diving into a lake

Into the blue space: the joys of outdoor swimming

We know the physical and mental benefits of outdoor swimming, but we should pay more attention to the places and spaces where swimmers meet. As a health geographer at Maynooth University, Dr Ronan Foley has been exploring the important therapeutic aspects of our public 'blue spaces'.

Monday, 07 January 2019

Tomato Fungus

How fungi construct protein to produce potentially deadly toxins

Research performed in Dr Özgür Bayram’s Fungal Genetics and Secondary Metabolism (FGSM) laboratory in Maynooth University has resulted in the discovery and characterisation of a ‘scaffold’ protein used by the organism to help produce substances that can be either beneficial or toxic.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Harnessing the power of cells to calm inflammatory disease

Dr Karen English, a Principal Investigator in the Department of Biology, and head of the Cellular Immunology Lab at Maynooth University, has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Early-Career Researcher of the Year by Irish Research Council (IRC) for her work on developing stronger, ‘calming’ cells in therapies for inflammation.

Wednesday, 05 December 2018

How GDPR has changed the advertising game

Tthanks to GDPR, digital advertising is about to see a back to the future return to the tradition of good content

Monday, 26 November 2018

How adult education can shape and promote equality

Adult learning has the potential to bring about a just, fair and equal society

Friday, 23 November 2018

Andy Irvine: A Life’s Work in Folk Music

Since arriving in Dublin in 1962, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andy Irvine has been an ever-present figure on the Irish music scene, and is a worthy recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards next week.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Dr Rory Hearne

Why fixing Ireland's housing crisis requires a change of policy

Opinion: the strongest indication that the government's policy has failed is how the housing emergency has extended across Irish society

Friday, 12 October 2018

A Historic Moment in Reproductive Rights

The Minister for Health introduced the Regulation of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill in the Dáil, which seeks to legalise abortion services in Ireland this week. This was a historic occasion undoubtedly in a State and society that has demonstrated a deeply troubled relationship with women who fall pregnant outside of marriage by institutionalizing or criminalizing women.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

History - Alison Fitzgerald - Maynooth University

How mechanical peacocks took 18th century Dublin by storm

Are you ever tempted to buy a lottery ticket, persuaded by an enticing prize? Have you ever been keen to buy tickets for a popular show, aware that the act is touring from overseas for a limited number of dates? Does clever technology captivate you and do you like to be conversant with it when chatting to your peers? If you answered yes, to any or all of those questions, then you have something in common with the 18th-century Dubliners and visitors to the city who paid to view a show at the "Great Room in William Street" (likely the current headquarters of the Irish Georgian Society) in 1774.

Sunday, 30 September 2018