An Foras Feasa, The Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions, is located in the Iontas Building, which was erected in 2010 by the architect Scott Tallon Walker.
AFF has a 34-seater Training and Teaching Lab with individual desktop computers and projectors as well as equipment for recording and making seminars and classes available online. There is also a large space with 40 desks, desktop PCs and bookshelves for PhD students studying the Faculty of Arts, and a smaller lab with hi-end computers for those studying or researching on Digital Humanities.
AFF has state-of-the-art equipment for teaching and research in Digital Humanities which is available for Faculty research. The Digital Imaging Lab is equipped with a high-performance Solutionix III 3D scanner which can produce very detailed 3D models of cultural heritage objects and buildings. Also, a hyperspectral Forensic XP-4010 scanner (the only such device in an Irish educational institute), which is used to examine faded, stained, illegible and palimpsest manuscripts, and to identify the different elements of their composition (e.g. inks). Besides, there are two Kaiser rePro copy stands with lighting equipment and various lenses that can produce high resolution photographs for even the most sophisticated image capturing tasks (manuscripts, books, archaeological objects etc.). These stands are also used for producing photogrammetric 3D models of small/medium size artefacts and performing Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI-highlight) to enhance objects’ surface details. In addition, the Imaging Lab is equipped with Professional D-SLR Canon Cameras and portable photography equipment. Also, Maynooth University Library recently got an Ultimaker 3D printer which can be used for producing replicas of cultural heritage objects.
An Foras Feasa has a social common room, various social spaces and kitchen facilities accessible to all students and staff members. The building itself is state-of-the art. It uses the new ISO 14001 Environmental Management System maximising staff comfort and efficiency, while reducing resource use and energy wastage. Materials include Irish Limestone reflecting the material of the ecclesiastical buildings on the South Campus, glass in aluminium framing, and natural western red cedar sun shading. The building was awarded by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and was commended as the best Educational Building in 2011.