Sunday Long Reads: How the Irish took to cremation and why the rule book is out the window in 'Batman v Superman'

Kick back with a cup of coffee and enjoy the best long reads from Newstalk

From the world of entertainment to the latest in smart cars, there's plenty to choose from in this week's long reads. 

How DC tore up Marvel's rule-book with "Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice"

In order to fully understand and appreciate how we've arrived at the latest blockbuster, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, we have to go back to the dawn of how DC and Warner Bros set up their respective universes in order to bring them together.

Ashes to ashes - How the Irish took to cremation

In Ireland, a country with a history steeped in ties to the Catholic Church, we’ve generally become more accustomed to the dust to dust part of saying farewell to loved ones. Burial remains the most common way of laying the deceased to rest nationwide, but in Dublin, things are a little bit different.

With only four places in the entire country where the dead can be cremated, the Glasnevin Trust, overseers of five cemeteries and two crematoria, now says that more than half of its funeral activities are devoted to cremation. 

Meet the "Guy" who wipes the floor with Fergie and Wenger's managerial longevity

In advance of Barcelona welcoming Arsenal for a Champions League second leg tie, Luis Enrique was sharing his thoughts on the topic of managerial longevity.

For him, the days of a manager staying in charge of a team for decades is a thing of the past and recommends very short-term contracts to exist between coaches and clubs. Of course, those questions arose as opposite number Arsene Wenger approaches 20 years at the helm of Arsenal, a period of much success that according to some is sadly petering out.

Yet when it comes to longevity as manager at one club, neither Wenger nor Alex Ferguson have got anything on Guy Roux.

Is the success of Donald Trump's campaign thanks to our brain's Stone Age wiring?

When Donald Trump first announced his campaign to run for the Republican presidential nomination, most people believed that it was a shot to nothing, and somewhat of a joke. 

Now, as the front-runner in the race and a large number of delegates already secured thanks to strong performances in primaries and caucuses across the nation, Trump's campaign has become something of a phenomenon. 

What makes it so unusual is the difficulty with which political scientists and analysts try to explain his success, despite predictions that he had little or no chance when he first announced his candidacy. So how can his success be explained?

Inside the BMW i3: Want to heat the car before leaving the house? There’s an app for that

The BMW i range of cars seeks to strike the balance between being good for the environment and making your life that bit easier. The BMW i3 is a bold looking, all electric car that doesn’t fit the stereotype of eco-vehicles.

For those interested, it can go 0-100kmh in 7.2 seconds. It boasts a whole host of tech and design features internally, so Newstalk.com's Jess Kelly went along to a BMW Agent in Sandyford to take a closer look.