Category Historical geography

Thinking geographically about Joyce’s ‘An Encounter’

Published in 1914, ‘An Encounter’ is a short story in Joyce’s Dubliners. An unnamed narrator remembers a day from his past when he and two young school friends long for freedom and escape; they “hunger for wild sensations,” driven by tales of the Wild West, cowboys and Indians. They make a plan to mitch from […]

New post on understanding Cherrywood

Michael Murphy, a PhD candidate here in the Dept of Geography, has published an excellent blog post on our BFF blog, Ireland After Nama. The post discusses some of the developments emerging in Cherrywood, in the south of Dublin. Cherrywood is one of the largest urban development projects in Ireland; an ambitious project raising numerous questions […]

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 […]