Welcome to the Geographical Society of Ireland
The Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI), the professional representative organisation of geographers in Ireland, was founded in 1934. Over eighty years later, the GSI continues to raise awareness of the value and impact of Geography in Ireland and beyond, through a diverse range of activities and collaborations.
Society members are actively engaged in enhancing the international profile of Irish geography through their engagement with the International Geographical Union (IGU), RGS-IBG, Association of American Geographers (AAG) and other international groupings.
GSI Member Dr Ruth McManus (DCU) appointed to the Board of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas
Dr Ruth McManus (DCU) has recently been appointed to the Board of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas as one of two new honorary editors, the other being Dr Jonathan Wright (History, MU). She follows in the footsteps of distinguished geographers Professor Anngret Simms and Dr Jacinta Prunty. The IHTA project, established in 1981 as one of the research projects of the Royal Irish Academy, records the topographical development of Irish towns. It is part of a wider European scheme, with towns atlases containing broadly similar information available for different countries, thereby facilitating international comparative research. In addition to the printed fascicles, digital versions of the atlases and ancillary publications including books, maps and a suburbs series, are also available. These provide a significant resource for research and teaching purposes
Geographical Society of Ireland AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the GSI will take place during CIG 2021 (session time will be confirmed as soon as possible). A number of Officers positions will be open for election at the AGM. The nomination form is available here:
Positions for renewal are:
If you have any queries, please contact Dr. Karen Keaveney
Geographical Society of Ireland (GSI) Doctoral Research Award &
Editorship of Irish Geography
In Memory of Michael J. Bannon, formerly professor of planning at UCD
Gographers, especially those of a certain age, will be sorry to learn that Professor Michael J. Bannon, formerly of the UCD planning department, died on 18 December 2019. A UCD Geography graduate of the mid-1960s, Michael was a long-time advocate and exponent of the links between Geography and Physical, especially regional, Planning. For Obituary by Arnold Horner See here
Geographical Society of Ireland Celebrates it's 85th Birthday
This month the Society celebrates its 85th birthday. Some ninety people attended the first meeting convened in Academy House, Dublin in 1934. Since then, the Society and its members have made significant contributions to the study/promotion of geography in Ireland.
In Memory of Gordon Herries Davies (1932-2019)
Gordon Davies, otherwise Gordon Leslie Herries Davies (he favoured the latter form from the late 1970s), who died on 22 February 2019 was one of the most significant figures ‘doing Geography’ in Ireland during the second half of the last century. More....
This year Geography at NUI Galway hosted the 7th EUGEO Congress in conjunction with the 51st Conference of Irish Geographers, in Galway City in the west of Ireland. The conference took place over four days (May 15th – 18th 2019) and the theme for the 2019 conference was Re-Imagining Europe's Future Society and Landscapes. The theme focuses on the centrality of the concepts of society and landscape within the Discipline of Geography and the importance of the relationship that exists between the physical and cultural landscape. Over 500 delegates attended the conference representing an astonishing 37 countries.
In response to the changed position of Geography within the Junior cycle curriculum The Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland has created petition, calling for the restoration of Geography as a core subject on the Junior Cycle curriculum. If you can, please support this petition.
Year of Geography 2019
2019 has been declared the "Year of Geography". This initiative will focusing on different places/counties and different geographical themes each week during 2019 to raise the profile of Geography in Ireland both at a national and at a local level.
Nine reasons why geography matters
RTE Brainstorm recently published an article by By Anna Davies, Irish Research Council and Frances Fahy, NUI Galway outlining why geography is so important!
Does Geography have a future?
34th International Geographical Congress
The deadline for the 34th International Geographical Congress to be held in Istanbul (17-21 August 2020) had been extended to January 28th. The theme of the conference is 'Geography: Bridging the Continents'
New followers on Twitter
Thanks to all who participated in the 2019 Year of Geography initiative. Its success can be seen not only in its coverage in the local media but also in the increased traffic on twitter and other forms of social media. Followers on Twitter have increased from 408 on January 1st 2019 to 1,815 today! As can be seen from the diagram below (produced by Adrian Kavanagh) each month saw new followers!
Donegal features as the final county on the GSI's Year of Geography Initatiative
December sees Donegal feature as the final county on the very successful Year of Geography social media initiative, the objective of which has been to better highlight Geography across the island of Ireland and to better illustrate to the Irish public the work that geographers do. Follow #DonegalWeek in to find Tweets about people's favourite Donegal places, interesting place names, maps of everything from the county's coastal heritage its transport network, border connections and border passes and much more.
Prof. Des Gillmor makes a strong case for Geography in letter published in The Irish Times.
Prof. Des Gillmor (Trinity College Dublin) published a letter in the Irish Times outlining how students see that geography is of ‘vital relevance to their lives and to the world today’, that twice as many students study geography at Leaving Cert than study history, and that geography is ‘the only subject which deals comprehensively’ with contemporary challenges such as climate change. Read the letter here
Upcoming Exhibition and Symposium