Ireland underwent a dramatic economic and social transformation from the 1990s onwards, earning it the title the "Celtic Tiger". Rapid economic growth was accompanied by substantial in-migration. However in the later 2000s Ireland is also experiencing a severe economic recession.
This book examines the nature and geographies of the Celtic Tiger, focusing on the evolution of industries such as information and communication technology and pharamaceuticals. It also examines the changing nature of social ties in cities, trends amongst knowledge workers and the experiences of return migrants. It concludes with reflections on the nature of the Celtic Tiger phenomenon and how this will shape Ireland’s geography and society into the future.
This book was published as a special issue of Irish Geography.
1. Geographies of the Celtic Tiger Peadar Kirby and Pa´draig Carmody 2. The spatiality of Irish manufacturing linkages in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ era Nicola Brennan and Proinnsias Breathnach 3. The Irish pharmaceutical industry over the boom period and beyond Chris van Egeraat and Frank Barry 4. The contribution of the overseas ICT sector to expanding R&D investment in Ireland Seamus Grimes and Patrick Collins 5. The role of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ factors for accommodating creative knowledge: insights from Dublin’s ‘creative class’ Enda Murphy and Declan Redmond 6. New residential neighbourhoods within the inner city: an examination of neighbouring Peter Howley 7. ‘Germs’ in the heart of the other: emigrant scripts, the Celtic Tiger and lived realities of return Deirdre Conlon 8. Embeddedness and Innovation in Low and Medium Technology Rural Enterprises Kevin Heanue and David Jacobsen 9. Limits to FDI-driven growth in Ireland: A newspaper content analysis for investment, divestment and upgrading Rory Horner and Yuko Aoyama 10. Conclusion Peadar Kirby and Pa´draig Carmody