Sense of Place

120 Nights Candles are Burnt Out
The front cover  illustration of our book ‘Gombeens at the Gate‘  is called Nights Candles are Burnt Out . It is a painting completed in 1929 by the Limerick artist Seán Keating (1889-1977) and depicts the ‘Shannon Scheme’ at Ardnacrusha. Here is Keating’s own description of the work according to the May 1932 edition of The Sphere magazine: “The title suggests that the dawn has come, when the dim candlelight of surviving medievalism […]

What is the front cover painting of ‘Gombeens at the ...

There is a widespread misunderstanding in Ireland that innovation and competitiveness depend on the amount of money spent on research and development (R&D) within higher education institutions.  In fact, there is no evidence of a relationship between money spent on research in universities and the prosperity of a country, city or region. Irish universities are highly adept at promoting the idea that innovation starts with scientific research. This assumption is […]

Innovation and apprenticeships

Creativity flourishes when embedded in a community that emphasises a deep sense of place. A sense of place encompasses an emotional attachment to a particular geographical and cultural space, a shared experience of history and community. Rich in tacit knowledge, it informs people’s sense of who they are, where they are, where they have come from and where they are trying to go. Erosion of a sense of place is […]

Value of heritage