Category Ireland

Reflections on COP23: Report 3

This is the third and final post of a series by John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS), Department of Geography, Maynooth University Negotiations are frequently a war of attrition, and previous COPs have long over run their intended closing time on the Friday of the second week. The imperative […]

Web-Scraping for Social Research: A Tutorial

Scraping, to state this quite formally, is a prominent technique for the automated collection of online data” (Marres and Weltevrede, 2013) As online databases become increasingly ubiquitous and critical to infrastructure and basic services, there has been a push back by researchers and activists attempting, in the first place, to make these databases more transparent […]

A climate terrorist’s take on wind farms

I sometimes go for a charge (i.e. a walk, a ramble) over some hills in the south of Glasgow. The view can be spectacular. The city of Glasgow to the north, the Firth of Clyde to the west. But the grandest feature of all (ha, take that Ben Lomond) is Whitelee wind farm. There are […]

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 […]

Reflections on writing an undergraduate thesis by Rhonda McGovern

Each year around 20 or so of our third year students (those who take the Single Honours or Major-Minor option) write approx. 12,000 word undergraduate theses. This year three of them completed First Class theses and so we asked them to jot down some reflections on the thesis-writing process. In the first of these guest […]

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 […]