Tag Archives: Gerry Kearns

A Playful City

As part of the MA in Geography last year, we studied the historical development of the Sheriff Street area. This area has been the subject of many documentaries and there has been a focus upon children in some of these, as in this RTÉ programme from 1970 In this 1976 documentary from RTÉ about the […]

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 […]

Maynooth at the Conference of Irish Geographers

If you are based in Maynooth, you may notice that many of us are absent on Thursday and Friday this week. We are at the annual Conference of Irish Geographers, hosted by our colleagues at University College Cork. And, so that we can all organise our time and support colleagues and friends, I have made […]

Maynooth @ the AAG 2017

The conference of the American Association of Geographers is the largest gathering of academic geographers in the English-speaking world and this year in Boston USA (5-9 April) it: [W]ill feature over 6,900 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. (AAG, About the Meeting) This time there are ten of us going […]

QS Rankings. Geography at Maynooth in top 200

The QS World University Rankings for individual subjects were released today. As reported in the Irish Examiner, University College Dublin did particularly well at bringing subjects into the top 100 (now has 13) and Trinity College Dublin did particularly poorly (now has 2).   The overall ranking of universities is based on six indicators, four […]

Post-Truth Politics

In a well-ordered democracy the public debate of an election campaign would approximate what Jürgen Habermas projected as an ‘ideal speech situation.’ [1] The Wikipedia definition is concise and accurate: In an ideal speech situation, participants would be able to evaluate each other’s assertions solely on the basis of reason and evidence in an atmosphere […]

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 […]