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The Legacy of Ireland's Economic Expansion Geographies of the Celtic Tiger

Edited By Peadar Kirby, Padraig Carmody Copyright 2010
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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


    Peadar Kirby is Professor of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick. He is widely published and is an expert on Irish and Latin American development.

    Pádraig Carmody is Lecturer in Human Geography, Trinity College Dublin. He has published several books and journal articles and is an expert on economic globalization. He is also Editor of Irish Geography.