Monthly Archives: September 2016

Writing a book

There are, in Geography, some people who seem able to churn out books. Then there are others who never manage to, for whatever reason. Although I edited, with significant help from some of our postgraduate students, the two-volume Anniversary Essays (available to download for free on this site), I’ve just recently managed to publish my […]

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

There are many reasons to distrust or ignore the various league tables of University performance. The rankings of universities are strongly affected by small changes in scores. The measures used benefit English-language, larger, longer-established, research-based universities. Yet the rankings themselves may influence the choices of international students and the reputations they suggest may affect patterns […]

Dennis Pringle

On September 15, at the Geography Department Maynooth University, the Geographical Society of Ireland celebrated the contribution of Emeritus Professor Dennis Pringle to the work of the Society. After introductions from Gerald Mills and Gerry Kearns, Joe Brady of University College Dublin gave a kind, heartfelt and witty review of some of Dennis’s many achievements […]


Signing up for a participatory methods class can be a little daunting, but is also a wonderful learning experience. In this post, Louise Sarsfield Collins – an Irish Research Council funded PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University – reflects on her experiences working on a public engagement research project with other […]

Fifty Doctors at Maynooth Geography

The Department of Geography at Maynooth dates back to 1972.[i] The first doctoral student, Séamus Lafferty, graduated in 2000 and with the graduation today, 9 September 2016, of Shaun Harrigan, the Department graduates its fiftieth doctoral student. Maynooth has been in the vanguard of developing geographical doctoral research in Ireland, with the development of a […]

Social Geographies of ‘Pokemon Go!’

Videogames can tell us a lot about contemporary society, as demonstrated in this guest post by Gisele O’Connell, a postgraduate student in the Dept of Geography. “Did you know the world is full of Pokemon?” is the spatially-inflected greeting message by grey-haired Professor Williams who invites us to “catch em’ all” on a creative journey […]

Making Art and Making Place: Reflecting on the story of the Carlow Sugar Factory

This post discusses ‘Ex-Machina’, a film by Frances Hegarty and Andrew Stones, and ‘Carlow Sugar Factory’, a collection of photography by P.L. Curran, both of which are currently being exhibited at VISUAL Centre for the Contemporary Arts in Carlow until 22 October 2016. Below, Aoife Kavanagh explores the stories these art works convey, and how […]