Archive for August 13th, 2010

Interview: Dr Eoin Magennis, IntertradeIreland

13 August 2010

It’s been a while since we posted an inteview on Pue’s, so to make up for lost time, here are two of the best we’ve been saving for you.

Interview date: 14 January 2010

What book(s) do you wish you had written?
In the history field, EP Thompson’s Making of the English Working Class was the history book that first got me interested. But for fun I’d love to have been sitting down to write Gore Vidal’s The Golden Age.

What would you do if you were not working for a cross-border body?
In many ways I’m lucky to be paid for doing what I enjoy – research for InterTradeIreland (usually) gets someone to look at a policy/barrier to cross-border cooperation and (even sometimes) gets them to remove it! Still, if I wasn’t doing this it would have to be the gardening!

When was the last time you looked at Wikipedia?
A few months ago to check a question about econometric equations – you don’t want to know. Read More

Interview: Dr Ruth McManus, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra

13 August 2010

Interview date: 26 January 2010

What book do you wish you had written?
I’m not sure that there’s a particular book I would have written, but there are many which have influenced me and, I suppose, inspired my own work, among them urban historian Jim Dyos’s seminal study of Camberwell – Victorian Suburb: A Study of the Growth of Camberwell (1961) – which opened up a whole field of research.  I admire the meticulous scholarship of many authors, but won’t name them here for fear of offending those that I’ll inevitably forget to mention!

What would you do if you were not a geographer?
My childhood ambition was to be a rural postman, but I suspect that I would have found myself working in education in some way, at some stage.

When was the last time you looked at Wikipedia?
Yesterday, when I was looking for some background on Ivor the Engine.   Read More