Category Spatial science

Great Irish Times Op-Ed by new Maynooth geographer

An important article written by Dr. Patrick Bresnihan, newly appointed to the department, and Patrick Brodie, PhD candidate in Concordia University, Montreal, was published in last week’s Irish Times. The article describes how the environmental & infrastructural footprint of Ireland’s data centres is enabled by state planning and the investment and tax system. Tech companies […]

Anne Buttimer-Broberg (1937-2017)

Anne Buttimer made a major contribution to academic Geography. An obituary in the Irish Times correctly remarks upon her internationalism, her work across several languages, her interdisciplinary ambition, and her work for many geographical institutions. I knew her only slightly but was one of many to have been gifted her hospitality and I also enjoyed […]

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 […]

Geographical science: Where technology comes down to Earth

The Irish Times asked for material about the cutting-edge, technology-based postgraduate programmes we offer. Here is what we told them: The Department of Geography at the National University of Ireland Maynooth is at the forefront of science-technology relations in the fields of Climate Change, Geographic Information Science, and Spatial Analysis.

Tokyo subway map 2.0

What do you get by crossing the web’s largest sites, its hot spots, with the Tokyo subway map? Answer: the Web Trend Map. Put together by Information Architects in Japan, the map analyses web traffic and throws the results onto a map of the Tokyo subway. The result, an extract from which is shown below […]

Two out of three is bad…

The New York Times published three maps, in conjunction with an article on the diverging national responses within the EU to the ongoing economic recession. The article is interesting as it provides an external view of the European Union but it is the maps, based on Eurostat Data, that grab the attention. These maps consider […]