Monthly Archives: December 2009


For geography tech-geeks, Danny O’Brien’s weekly Wired column in the Irish Times is essential reading. His work often highlights some fascinating aspects of the place of technology in contemporary society, aspects which geographers can often use to develop how they understand technological geographies. This week O’Brien draws attention to China’s so-called ‘patriotic hackers’: the “roving […]

Damn you, Hannah Montana

A couple of weeks ago we had a family gathering for my grandmother’s birthday. When my cousin from Dublin arrived, my uncle greeted her by saying, “Christ Olivia you’re as fat as a fool.” My cousin looked at him, not knowing whether to hit him or to break down in tears. My cousin’s not fat […]

The Irish Geography of Tenpin Bowling

As the map below shows, Dublin is the main centre for bowling in the Republic of Ireland. In Northern Ireland, it’s Antrim/Down (or Belfast, to be more precise). These areas contain the highest number of bowling centres, which have the most lanes sanctioned by the two bowling organizations, the I.T.B.A. in the Republic and the […]

Is Geography killing the FIFA World Cup?

The Republic of Ireland is out of the World Cup, defying the general pattern established over the decades following Italia 90 wherein the Irish team generally failed to qualify for the competitions that were located close to home (France 98, Germany 06) while qualifying for competitions taking place on the other side of the world (USA 94, […]

Geographies of Abuse

In the wake of the Murphy report, there has been a considerable amount of attention given, not just to the individual priests who were responsible for sexual abuse, but also the Church hierarchies who protected them. What has been equally interesting are two geographies, one local, the other global, which have been incorporated into the […]