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Landscape of Angers and the River Loire

Maynooth Health Geographers on the Global Stage, Angers July 2017

From the 5th to the 9th of July 2017 the XVIIIth version of the International Symposium in Medical/Health Geography was held at the University of Angers in France, along the banks of the River Loire (Figure 1). This bi-annual conference brings together around 200 of the world’s leading medical/health geographers and in keeping with the […]

Reflections on COP23: Report 2

This is the second in a series of three posts by John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS), Department of Geography, Maynooth University The middle of the second week at COP is when the big names arrive. Prior to this it is the officials who have been spending long days […]

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 […]

Anthrophony and the historical soundscape of 4-10 Emerald Street, Dublin 1, and surrounding area in 1901

From the unpublished household returns of the 1901 census, accessed online via the website of the National Archive, we learn that the residents of houses 4-10 Emerald Street, came from a range of counties including Dublin, Meath, Tipperary, Wicklow, Waterford, Mayo and Antrim , with one house, number 6, having inhabitants drawn from England. The […]

Dancing in “The Area”

“The Area: A Dublin Dance Map” is a 25 minute film (Ireland 2013) in which the Macushla Dance Club for the over 50s work with professional dance artist Ríonach Ní Neill and filmmaker Joe Lee to reclaim a section of Dublin city though dance and the sharing of their life stories. I was privileged to […]

Communities and Development in the Dublin Docklands

  At the T-junction on Barrow Street, or as the locals call it “Google Street”; looking down the road to the right, we see the old and the new emerging Dublin. Google’s 67-metre tall building of steel and shiny glass, (I have to admit here the magpie in me loves the shiny steel and glass […]

Announcing the Publication of Transitional Justice and the Politics of Inscription: Memory, Space & Narrative in Northern Ireland by Joe Robinson

“The reality that I had known no longer existed. The places that we have known now belong only to the little world of space on which we map them for our own convenience. None of them was every more than a thin slice, held between the contigious impressions that composed our life at that time; […]