Category Cultural geography

‘In Johannesburg, on my own, without any luggage, wondering what the heck I have done’: Some Reflections on Doing Fieldwork

‘In Johannesburg, on my own, without any luggage, wondering what the heck I have done’ Thus begins the first entry in my journal after arriving in South Africa, to conduct research for my PhD, which explores the legal geographies of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer people in southern Africa.  My luggage turned up a […]

MU Geography @ the AAG 2018

With apologies if I have missed anyone – and please let me know so that I can correct this post – here is the list of papers by Maynooth Geographers at this year’s Annual Conference of the American Association of Geographers. In New Orleans this time, so enjoy the conference everyone and good luck in […]

Researching the History of a Dublin Neighbourhood. Lower Sheriff Street, 1. Topography

Introduction This is the first of a series of blogs about researching a Dublin neighbourhood, Lower Sheriff Street. This area is one in which several of the classes of the Maynooth MA in Geography are currently working. Field work and participatory research (see this blog by Louise Sarsfield Collins, one of our graduate students) are central […]

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Walking in Derry: Encounters with the Unmastered Past

” ‘Past! A stupid word… There, it’s past! What’s to read in it?’” -Goethe, Faust, Part II. 11494-11600-3 Derry-time; Derry-place                 If an event is scheduled at half-seven, Derry wans will ring the taxi at half-seven. Arriving at least 20-30 minutes “late,” they’ll stand for a bit in the hall gabbing, ach Stephen, what about ye, […]

A Playful City

As part of the MA in Geography last year, we studied the historical development of the Sheriff Street area. This area has been the subject of many documentaries and there has been a focus upon children in some of these, as in this RTÉ programme from 1970 In this 1976 documentary from RTÉ about the […]

Creating Alternative Food Futures (update)

As noted here, with Joe Murray (Afri), Fergal Anderson (Food Sovereignty Ireland), Seamus Bradley (Derrybeg CSA), and Nathalie Markiefka, I co-organized an event back in April called Creating Alternative Food Futures: Food Sovereignty in Ireland and Beyond. The event was to recognize April 17, which is International Day of Peasant Struggle. La Via Campesina and […]

Monaghan: History and Society

On Monday 19 June, 2017 at 7pm in St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan, our former colleague Patrick J. Duffy will launch his latest edited book, titled ‘Monaghan History and Society‘ (Series Editor: William Nolan. Assistant Editor: Éamonn Ó Ciardha). The book is published by Geography Publications and will be available at the launch for a special sale […]