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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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

The optimal route to visit every county in Ireland (by car and bike)

If you’ve ever wanted to visit every county in Ireland by car, while taking in one of the area’s major attractions, then look no further: I have calculated the optimal route to visit a major place of interest in every county on the island of Ireland. You can see the interactive version here. The map […]

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 […]

Red Books and the Erasure of Geography

In the John Paul II Library at NUI Maynooth, all can now enjoy Hughie O’Donoghue’s artwork, Red Books. At Maynooth, we have also been treated to an elegant and informative lecture from the artist and I imagine that the talk will soon be online–I know it was filmed. As we get used to our new resident, […]

Water and Maynooth: Resources, Networks and Aesthetics

For this week of Geographical Awareness, the Geographical Society of Ireland has proposed that we think a little more about Water. It is in fact striking how important the engineering of water has been for the historical development of our own town of Maynooth. In Maynooth there are six significant water features: Ryewater, the river […]

2013 Global Peace Index mirrors global patterns of development and underdevelopment

Interesting perspectives on current global affairs and global differences in terms of the degrees to which different states and different regions are conflict-prone are offered in the latest release by the Vision of Humanity organisation in producing the 2013 edition of their Global Peace Index.

Eye for the Spatial: Irish Land Prices in 2012

This week, for the first time in my life, I bought a copy of the Irish Farmers Journal. My eye was drawn to an advertisement in another newspaper noting that this week’s edition would have a special supplement on Agricultural Land Prices, broken down by county. Being a sucker for a good data set I […]