Category Ireland

The Celtic Voyager, a reseearch vessel, at dock

Celtic Voyager, 5 days in the life…

A day in the life on the Celtic Voyager is not something you can describe. Changing weather requires highly adaptable plans. This is something that has been considered carefully by Dr. Kieran Craven of Maynooth University, chief scientist of the MARA 2 Project, currently underway on the Malin Shelf. The MARA 2 project uses existing […]

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 […]

Emotional Mapping at the Iveragh Learning Landscapes Workshop, October 2017

Introduction In the spring of 2017, I  was fortunate enough to be invited to attend and give a workshop, at the Second Iveragh Learning Landscapes Workshop, organised and run by Lucy Hunt from the Sea Synergy Centre in Waterville, County Kerry. The event took place from October 6th to 8th and involved a wide range […]

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 […]

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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, […]

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 […]