Category Rural geography

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 […]

Making Art and Making Place: Reflecting on the story of the Carlow Sugar Factory

This post discusses ‘Ex-Machina’, a film by Frances Hegarty and Andrew Stones, and ‘Carlow Sugar Factory’, a collection of photography by P.L. Curran, both of which are currently being exhibited at VISUAL Centre for the Contemporary Arts in Carlow until 22 October 2016. Below, Aoife Kavanagh explores the stories these art works convey, and how […]

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 […]

Apple Day is on now…

It’s October 21, which means only one thing in Brogdale, England: it’s Apple Day! Not the Apple of iPad’s, iPhones, and their ilk, but the crunchy, juicy fruit so beloved of this part of the world. I’ve been alerted to this important day by Carolyn Steel’s fantastic book, Hungry City, which tells the story of […]

The volcano and the wilting flowers

Of the many, many stories arising from the current volcanic-ash-cloud-flight-chaos-mayhem (including NUIM Geographers stranded in Washington DC), one of the more illuminating for human geographers involves fresh cut flowers lying around rotting in places such as Kenya. As reported in the Guardian in Britain and in the New York Times, tonnes of flowers and vegetables […]

The global foodscape

Further population growth will mean greater demand for food. But exactly how that extra food is going to be produced is by no means clear (certainly, one “solution” being pursued is to grab land). According to the giant, global, powerful corporations charged with making a profit from food production – which, depending on how you […]