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The Bridge is the annual alumni magazine of Maynooth University

Read about inspiring students, amazing alumni and how, amid a world in flux, MU is stepping up to lead

Climate trends and adaptation - Safeguarding a sustainable future

by Peter McGuire

For more than a century, climate scientists have researched the effects of carbon and methane on the atmosphere. MU’s ICARUS Climate Research Centre – in partnership with geographers, scientists, artists and mathematicians – is leading the way to inform public policy on trends, adaption and mitigation measures to sustain our future. Peter McGuire asks several of MU’s leading climate experts from a range of disciplines just what we can do today to make a difference.

A goal written in the stars

Republic of Ireland footballer and Maynooth alumna Amber Barrett talks to Kathy Donaghy about her memories of Maynooth and her winning goal that will go down in sporting history. The first touch took her clear and then she scored. Few of those who were watching will ever forget Barrett’s goal against Scotland in Glasgow’s Hampden Park on October 11th, 2022. Going on as a substitute in the crunch qualification match, it seems her goal was written in the stars.

How Wikipedia influences judicial decisions

MU’s international research collaboration on how court decisions may be swayed by Wikipedia articles. Just how routine is our reliance on the “knowledge tap” of Wikipedia was highlighted in a unique research collaboration on the use of the information platform by Irish judges to inform their decisions.

Great Sport

Professional signings plus winning performances at home and abroad, our student sports scholars proudly fly the MU flag in gamesmanship and competitive commitment. Read how these sportspeople deliver – on and off the playing field – in GAA, soccer, golf, and rugby. Much to be proud of and admire.


A hand of friendship: A community responds to the Ukraine crisis

As people fled the war in Ukraine, Maynooth University found itself at the heart of a massive response operation that is now being recognised as a template for how communities respond to emergencies in the future, writes Kathy Donaghy.

Burning the Big House

Ireland’s tumultuous past was brought to life through a series of lectures, an exhibition and the publication by Prof Terence Dooley of Burning the Big House: The Story of the Irish Country House in a Time of War and Revolution. Exploring the destruction of up to 300 country houses across the revolutionary period from 1913-1923, Prof Dooley’s research offers a unique perspective on the complexities of the conflict between the Anglo-Irish landed class and local IRA activists and supporters.