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Ghost estates

Spaces and spectres of Ireland after NAMA

Cian O’Callaghan

to the Irish housing bubble. From the early 1990s, Ireland experienced a significant transformation of its demographic profile, coupling natural population growth with a reversal in migration trends. In 2004, the population exceeded four million for the first time since 1871 (Kitchin and Bartley, 2007: 1) and between 1991 and 2006, it increased by over 20 per cent from 3.53 million to 4.24 million (CSO, 2006). This population growth occurred in parallel with increased household 19 Spacing belonging fragmentation. The resultant need for new housing was shaped

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‘Of course I’m not Irish’

Young people in migrant worker families in Ireland

Naomi Tyrrell

enhancing migration research by incorporating migrants’ experiences, feelings and narratives into our understandings of what it means to migrate. This chapter brings these two bodies of research together by focusing on the experiences of children and young people in migrant worker families in Europe, i.e. children and young people who have migrated to Ireland because one or both of their parents have migrated for employment. These children’s and young people’s experiences often are overlooked because of the narrow definitions related to child migration and the assumption

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Migrants in the fields

Making work pay

Sally Daly

European economies, Krings, Bobek, Moriarty et al. (2009) suggest that continued participation in the Irish labour market reflects the comparably worse situation in the home countries. However, it is important to recognise that the decision to migrate is not exclusively an economic one. East–West migration may be informed by participation in social networks and may thus be made in a collectivist context, especially that of a family (Oyserman, Coon and Kemmelmeier, 2002). It may also be informed by exposure to social, ethnic and gender conflicts (Godzimirski, 2005). The

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Introduction

Geographies of the post-boom era

Denis Linehan and Caroline Crowley

between everyday life and global exchanges through the contexts of the ‘stuff ’ and banalities of contemporary everyday encounters: food, housing, leisure, migration, music, shopping, travel and work. These are the multiple layers of space we now inhabit. In all of these areas, the unstable socio-spatial relations forged in this epoch that framed the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger have produced more complex relations between the individual, space and society (Sonnabend, 2003). These realities have arisen because of globalisation, because of information technology

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‘Through American eyes’

100 years of Ireland in National Geographic magazine

Patrick J. Duffy

Berlin–Boston axis, though more like Boston than Berlin as it transformed into a cultural and political colony of the USA (Kirby, Gibbons and Cronin, 2002). The birth of Riverdance in 1994, commemorating Irish-American migration links, might be viewed as a curtain-raiser to the annihilation of traditional Ireland that was ushered in with the Celtic Tiger. There was an escalation in anxiety about loss of cultural identity and of what made us uniquely Irish that was regularly aired by the chattering media elites. The property boom resulted in rapid suburbanisation of a

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Essayist of place

Postcolonialism and ecology in the work of Tim Robinson

Eóin Flannery

forced migration, suffering, and human violence.20 Essayist of place: postcolonialism and ecology While Harris’s immediate context is the protracted, and variegated, experiences of slavery, plantations and indentured migration in the Caribbean, the authors seek to progress from Harris’s local vision to a working methodology for the discourse of postcolonial ecocriticism. Given that our discussion strives to situate Robinson’s oeuvre within this latter discourse, DeLoughrey and Handley’s critical manifesto offers relevant, and enabling, arguments on just how Robinson

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Raising the emerald curtain

Communities and collaboration along the Irish border

Caroline Creamer and Brendan O’Keeffe

and failed to stem economic decline and out-migration. They also demonstrate the precariousness of formal partnerships in the current funding structures. The case of Kiltyclogher-Garrison-Rossinver is representative of the many cross-border initiatives that have been led by civil society. Recognising that by working together they could achieve far more for their respective communities than they could by working alone, the KiltyCashel Project was established in 2001. The project has engaged in a range of socioeconomic revitalisation programmes including the provision

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Genius loci

The geographical imagination of Tim Robinson

Patrick Duffy

Kavanagh (ed.), The Complete Poems of Patrick Kavanagh (New  York:  Peter Kavanagh Hand Press, 1972), 238. 75 Robert Lloyd Praeger, The Way That I Went (Dublin: Allen Figgis, 1969), 20. 76 Robinson, A Twisty Journey, x, and Listening, 21. 77 Rebecca Solnit, A Book of Migrations:  Some Passages in Ireland (London:  Verso, 1997), 61. 78 Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking (London: Verso, 2002), 9. 79 Robinson, Gaelic Kingdom, 297, 311, 294. 80 Robinson, Listening, 190 81 Robinson, Pilgrimage, 12.