The explosive secret hidden beneath seemingly trustworthy volcanoes

July 2020

An international team of volcanologists working on remote islands in the Galápagos Archipelago has found that volcanoes which reliably produce small basaltic lava eruptions hide chemically diverse magmas in their underground plumbing systems – including some with the potential to generate explosive activity.

Extensive media coverage included:

Irish Times

Daily Mail

National Tribune Australia

IFL Science

International Business Times



Astrophysicists investigate a cosmic mystery – the disappearance of a massive star

June 2o2o

A team of astronomers led by Professor Jose Groh’s group from Trinity is sleuthing for answers to a cosmic mystery having discovered the disappearance of an unstable massive star in a distant galaxy.

Extensive international media coverage included:




Daily Express

Daily Telegraph

The Atlantic




First-degree incest in early Ireland – ancient genomes uncover a dynastic elite in Irish passage tomb societies

June 2020

Archaeologists and geneticists, led by those from Trinity, have shed new light on the earliest periods of Ireland’s human history.

Among their incredible findings is the discovery that the genome of an adult male buried in the heart of the Newgrange passage tomb points to first-degree incest, implying he was among a ruling social elite akin to the similarly inbred Inca god-kings and Egyptian pharaohs.

Extensive international coverage (over 500 articles) included:

New York Times

New York Post

The Independent


La Vanguardia


Die Welt


Irish Times


RTE News


Scientists make major breakthrough in understanding common eye disease

August 2019

Scientists at Trinity have announced a major breakthrough with important implications for sufferers of a common eye disease – dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) – which can cause total blindness in sufferers, and for which there are currently no approved therapies.

Extensive media coverage included:

Science Daily

Irish Times

Irish Independent

Medical Xpress

Irish Health


Robotics engineers unveil ‘Stevie II’ – Ireland’s first socially assistive AI robot

May 2019

Robotics engineers from Trinity College Dublin today unveiled ‘Stevie II’ – Ireland’s first socially assistive robot with advanced artificial intelligence (AI) features – at a special demonstration at Science Gallery Dublin.

Extensive international coverage included:

El Comercio


Irish Times

Irish Independent

Info 7 Mexico 



Dead languages, banned books and a silent disco — Trinity week to focus on the theme of ‘Silence’

April 2019

Censorship in Ireland, the sounds of dead languages and a first-hand account of locked in syndrome are among the diverse range of topics to be explored during ‘Trinity Week’ — a series of free public events taking place in Trinity College Dublin between Monday April 29 and Friday May 3.


Zoologists find two new bird species in Indonesia

April 2019

Zoologists from Trinity, working with partners from Halu Oleo University (UHO) and Operation Wallacea, have discovered two beautiful new bird species in the Wakatobi Archipelago of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Their work sheds more light on the complex evolutionary puzzle of how new species emerge.

Extensive international media coverage included:


Science Alert 

Irish Times

Europa Press

Popular Science



Dublin Apocalypse manuscript, one of the great medieval treasures of Trinity Library, now available online

February, 2019

Trinity College Dublin celebrated the digitisation of the Dublin Apocalypse, one of great medieval treasures of the Library, with a symposium at which international scholars reflected on this remarkable manuscript and its arresting vision of the end of days.


Hidden history of Trinity’s Museum Building uncovered

December 2018

The Making Victorian Dublin research project led by researchers from the Department of Geology and the Department of History of Art and Architecture has uncovered the hidden history of Trinity’s iconic Museum Building. The completion of the project was marked by an interactive website featuring a 3-D digital scan of the building and highlights of research findings on the architecture, materials and sculptures of the building.

Media coverage included:


School of English breathes new life into ‘Frankenstein’ at Halloween

October 2018

Trinity College Dublin joined 700 institutions worldwide in the ‘Frankenweek’ initiative to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, one of literature’s most enduring gothic tales. Events included a marathon public reading of the iconic novel, a college-wide giveaway of 200 copies of the book and a public lecture by Professor Darryl Jones.


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