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Spaces and spectres of Ireland after NAMA
Cian O’Callaghan

1 Ghost estates: spaces and spectres of Ireland after NAMA Cian O’Callaghan We spotted it from the road before we saw the signs. The building site faced the oncoming traffic showing a hill of scraped dirt, husks of houses and forgotten foundations. We were driving around County Cork, looking at points on a map, finding the route and keeping our eyes open for the billboards, signs and other markings of what were then beginning to be called ghost estates. As we approached the entrance of the estate, billboards advertising the development in illustrious terms stood

in Spacing Ireland
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Place, society and culture in a post-boom era

Ireland is a turbulent place. This book engages readers with the contours of transformation of Irish society through a series of distinct episodes and sites where change can be confronted. The content of the book intersects with the boom and bust themes to explore the economic and social implications of the recession. The processes are as diverse as cross-border development, farming knowledges, food movements, and the evolution of traditional Irish music. The modernisation of Irish society during the Celtic Tiger and its subsequent demise was a 'spatial drama' involving transformation in the material landscape and the imaginative representation of the island. The first part of the book explores the revolving intersections of identity politics with place. It tracks the discovery of the ghost estate and the ways in which it has been implicated in debates about the Irish economic crash, complicating ideas of home and community. After a discussion on immigration, the book discusses the role of migrants in filling labour and skill shortages. The second part pays attention to questions of mobility and consumption in urban and rural contexts. The new Irish motorway network, free time, leisure and holidaying in the lives of lone parents during the Celtic Tiger, and the role of National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) are discussed. The third part explores diverse cultural practices and some longstanding representations of Ireland. An autobiographical tour of the pub session, National Geographic's representations of Irish landscape and the current Irish imagination are the key concepts of this part.

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Geographies of the post-boom era
Denis Linehan and Caroline Crowley

significant regeneration and transformation of the built environment and public space. The bust is represented in ghost estates, zombie hotels, half-empty trophy airport terminals, vacated retail units and the cars of emigrants for sale along country roads. These transformations have had innumerable local impacts with both positive and negative legacies. In Cork city, the Docklands became a place where certain visions of a ‘New Cork’ coalesced. Planners and speculators were inspired to imagine a cosmopolitan post-industrial future: a Docklands of Desire. An addictive

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100 years of Ireland in National Geographic magazine
Patrick J. Duffy

discourse. The sprawl of commuter housing estates arising from the rezoning mania in local authorities, the rash of hotels and shopping malls, the recycling of landlord estates and mansions as spa and golf resorts were prefigured in Conniff ’s account of the revival of Millstreet town in north Cork in the 1990s by one of its native sons (September 1994: 14–16). Since the crash, these changes have ground to a halt and there is a preoccupation with what was lost during the boom years. Ghost estates sit as stark reminders of the destructive legacy of the property bubble

in Spacing Ireland