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Building Ireland - Geography

About the Project

Dublin Distillaries
The Shannon Scheme
Galway Canal
Spike Island
Kilkenny Castle
Killarney

Dublin Distilleries


Geographer Susan Hegarty discovers how a supply of fresh water was crucial for large and small industry in the Liberties.

Links to the Curriculum:

  • Junior Certificate - The growth of towns & cities has occurred within the historical periods through the development of economic, administrative and social activities.
  • Junior Cycle - Strand 3: Exploring people, place & change.
    Learning Outcome 5: Examine the cause & effect of urban change in an Irish town or city.

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The Shannon Scheme


Geographer Susan Hegarty investigates the River Shannon as a source of power and Architect Orla Murphy discovers the German influences in the construction of the buildings.

Links to the Curriculum:

  • Junior Certificate - Human activities interact in a variety of ways with natural landscape processes.
  • Junior Cycle - Strand 2: Exploring how we interact with the physical world.
    Learning Outcome 7: Investigate examples of how people interact and manage surface processes.

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Galway's Corrib Canal


Geographer Susan Hegarty explores the caves under Lough Corrib to understand the difficulties in canal construction.

Links to the Curriculum:

  • Junior Certificate - The crust of the Earth is made up of rocks. These rocks vary in their origin, formation and characteristics. 
  • Junior Cycle - Strand 1: Exploring the physical world.
    Learning Outcome 3: Analyse the processes & effects of weathering & mass movement on our landscape.

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Spike Island


Geographer Susan Hegarty leads the team on a visit to Fortress Spike Island in Cork Harbour built to defend an Empire, only to become an island prison.

Links to the Curriculum:

  • Junior Cycle - Strand 3: Exploring people, place and change.
    Learning Outcome 6: Identify global patterns of economic development.

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Kilkenny Castle


Geographer Susan Hegarty explores the layout of mediaeval Kilkenny in terms of principles and development in town planning.

Links to the Curriculum:

  • Junior Cycle - Strand 3: Exploring people, places and change.
    Learning Outcome 4: Consider the factors affecting the location and origin of rural and urban settlement in Ireland.

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Killarney


Geographer Susan Hegarty discovers how an inhospitable but beautiful landscape was exploited as a mass market tourism destination.

Links to the Curriculum:

  • Junior Cycle - Strand 2: Exploring how we interact with the physical world.
    Learning Outcome 9: Assess the interrelationships between the physical world, tourism and transport.

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