Diplomacy in Difficult Times: Dublin’s Lord Mayor and Ireland’s Ambassador on Representing Ireland

Dublin’s Lord Mayor and Anne Anderson, Ireland’s Ambassador to the USA, paint their picture of Ireland in today’s uncertain political climate.
By Alex Crean and John Bethell

Politics, Selfies and Low Blows: The Trends of Oscar Hosts Through the Years

With the Oscars taking place tomorrow, Jennifer Wilson looks back on the sometimes fabulous, sometimes disastrous hosts of Academy Awards past.
By Jennifer Wilson

For Your Consideration: Politics and the Oscars

Ahead of the Oscars this Sunday, Dara McWade examines the politics of the Academy and how a winning "narrative" is created for a film.
By Dara McWade

Political Unrest and Illusions of Glory: the Parallels of WB Yeats and the Beatles

Orla Howells explores the striking similarities in inspiration between two cultural icons, and aligns poems by Yeats with songs of the Beatles.
By Orla Howells

In the Brown Bag: the Humble Origins of an Award-Winning Animation Studio

Ahead of Oscar season, Conor Davage meets with James Stacey of Brown Bag films to discuss the unique appeal of Irish animation in UK and US markets.
By Conor Davage

No Surrender: Bad Blood at 30

As talk of a hard Brexit looms over Northern Ireland and conflicts at Stormont threat to further divide the region, Colm Tóibín and others reflect on his seminal political work.
By Dominic McGrath

Helem: A Home Away from Home for LGBT Lebanon

A centre in Lebanon is providing security and solidarity for the LGBT community in Lebanon amid a quiet sexual revolution in the Arab world.
By Ralph Hurley O’Dwyer

The Most Read Articles of 2016

For the second-ever year, The University Times surpassed one million unique readers in a calendar year, with stories from elections to society guests.

Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas: A History of the Christmas Ghost Story Tradition

From The Turn of the Screw to A Christmas Carol, the season has always been a favourite setting for ghost stories.
By Hazel O’Brien

Lethal Weapon, Spotlight and the Films that Turn Christmas Upside Down

Anti-Christmas films often ignore the typical themes of peace and love in favour of something darker and often more interesting.
By Eoghan O’Morain