Category Historical geography

RESEARCHING THE HISTORY OF A DUBLIN NEIGHBOURHOOD. LOWER SHERIFF STREET, 2. Demography and Economy 1911

Introduction This is the second of a series of three blogs about doing research with Masters students on the social geography of the Lower Sheriff Street area within Dublin. The first of the blogs was on the use of maps to study urban topography. This blog is about the use of historical sources to reconstruct […]

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 […]

Ireland and the British Isles

Is Ireland in the British Isles? The Oxford English Dictionary seems clear. It tells us that the British Isles is: A group of islands, including Britain, Ireland (Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), the Isle of Man, the Hebrides, the Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands, the Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands, lying […]

Exploring the Power of Parks in Maynooth

 For Geography Awareness Week this year, we’ve been invited to consider the power of parks, to explore them and appreciate them for their worth. Getting to know the places we are from and the places beyond, we are exploring and discovering; our awareness is nurtured and we explore progressively further in time and space. Journeying […]

The Irish Seafloor: Out of sight, out of mind?

The following is a guest post by Kieran Craven, a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Geography who also now works at the Geological Survey of Ireland. It is said that we know more about the surface of the Moon, than we do about our own planet’s ocean floors.Globally, the ocean floor has been mapped […]