Pictures

Ireland in the sky

I usually take the 6:30 pm (Boston time) flight back to Dublin, but the flight this time around was delayed 3 hours due to bad weather. If it wasn’t for the delay, taking these pictures would’ve been impossible. We were lucky enough to fly over the emerald isle as the sun was rising. These were…… Continue reading Ireland in the sky

Film-work · Travels

Video: Road-trip to Maghera Beach and Port in Northwest Ireland (Over ‘Orange Sky’ by Alexi Murdoch)

I have finally edited the video that I captured when Mel and I went to visit the areas around Glencolumbkille in Donegal. I decided to use ‘Orange Sky’ by Alexi Murdoch as a backdrop to this short but sweet clip which, I hope, captures the serenity and grandeur of the area. At times the clip moves…… Continue reading Video: Road-trip to Maghera Beach and Port in Northwest Ireland (Over ‘Orange Sky’ by Alexi Murdoch)

Music

Music/video: Irish man plays the tin whistle

Taken at a quaint pub in late May 2012.  We were in Glencolumbkille. It is a tradition for all newcomers to sing or share a poem in the sing-a-long. I sang ‘What’s Left of the Flag’ by Flogging Molly. Mel sang along with all. Great craic!

Pictures · Travels

Serene Sunset in Port, Ireland

At the abandoned village of Port. One of the most serene places I have ever visited. Click to enlarge.

Pictures

Picture: The purple house in Kinsale

  Taken in the spring of 2011 in the beautiful coastal village of Kinsale, Ireland.  

Film-work

Do something worth remember, with a photograph or a scar

Politics

Shattering ‘Catholic Ireland’: Some thoughts on the recent controversy over church and state

The relationship between church and state in Ireland is again in question as Alan Shatter, Ireland’s Jewish Defense Minister, has been accused of being ‘ant-Catholic’ because he refused to allow the Irish army to offer a guard of honour for a religious procession during the recent International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.  This ‘unprecedented move’, writes…… Continue reading Shattering ‘Catholic Ireland’: Some thoughts on the recent controversy over church and state

Pictures

Two Irish men

Taken by my father on a trip to the fatherland in the 1980s.  This stunning pictures captures a life that is slowly fading away in Ireland.  A journal and more pictures from the trip can be found here.

Travels

Personal: The time my Ma and Dad went to Ireland (circa 1980)

My Ma just showed me the journal that she kept along the ride.  Notice as well some of the great pictures.  My favourite is the one of the two Irish men with the bicycle.  Interestingly, my parents visited Trinity College Dublin (where I now teach and research).  One of the pictures is where I often…… Continue reading Personal: The time my Ma and Dad went to Ireland (circa 1980)

Film-work

(Video) Part 1: Glencolumbkille and beyond

Travels

Wandering on a ridiculous road

From our trip to Glencolumbkille in Northwest Donegal, Ireland (June 2012). A breathtaking view on a windy little road. Truly spectacular and unforgettable.

Commentary

My point on the Che Guevara statue in Galway

The head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida is, amazingly, telling the people of Galway to not erect a Che Guevara Memorial statue. Florida, I should note, is roughly 4,000 miles away from Galway. And Che, if you aren’t aware, has Irish roots with the Lynch family (of Galway). Now,…… Continue reading My point on the Che Guevara statue in Galway

Pictures

Maghera Caves

Pictures

Sunset in Glencolumbkille

Pictures · Travels

Picture: The most beautiful beach in Ireland

Outreach

Why Joyce’s Leopold Bloom still matters

‎’manufactured monsters for mutual murder, hideous hobgoblins produced by a horde of capitalistic lusts upon our prostituted labour. The poor man starves while they are grassing their royal mountain stags or shooting peasants and phartridges in their purblind pomp of pelf and power. But their reign is rover for rever and ever and ev .…… Continue reading Why Joyce’s Leopold Bloom still matters

Pictures

Liffey reflection

Creativity

Sláinte Merkel

Work

Editor in action

I’ve blogged about this many times, but just to reiterate, I served as the Editor for the Trinity College Dublin Journal of Postgraduate Research, Volume XI.  Here are some action pictures from the launch event, which were taken by friend and great photographer, Robbie Fry. © Robbie Fry Photography

Travels

Day trip to Dún Laoghaire

Mel and I decided to take a day trip to Dún Laoghaire, partly because we wanted to, but also because our buddy Robbie Fry (great photographer) had to give me a CD of pictures from an event last week.  Will blog about that soon. Mel had been to Dún Laoghaire, but this was my first time.  I…… Continue reading Day trip to Dún Laoghaire

Pictures

Pictures: Photo shoot

Work

Finally, but the work continues

The steadfast peer review team and I have finally wrapped up the final articles for publication in TCD Journal of Postgraduate Research, Vol. 11: Ireland’s Research on the World Stage.  You can view the abstracts here.  The next week or so will be dedicated to giving them one last careful proofread.  It’s a pain, but it…… Continue reading Finally, but the work continues

Work

My forthcoming publication in Metro Éireann

I’m excited that Metro Éireann is publishing my article on the story of my Pakistani friend here in Dublin.  The article is set to be published on May 1st. Below is some information cut and pasted from Wikipedia. Metro Éireann is Ireland’s multicultural newspaper. It is published by Metro Publishing and Consultancy Limited. The tabloid-format paper was established by…… Continue reading My forthcoming publication in Metro Éireann

Quoted

New survey confirms quote on sexuality in University Times

In February, a journalist from TCD’s University Times asked me a few questions on Irish youth and their position towards sexuality.  Rachel Levin paraphrased our conversation: Sociology Lecturer Craig Considine explains this silence. ‘Now that people are turning away from the Catholic Church, who is the authority on sex? Who has the credibility to advise?…… Continue reading New survey confirms quote on sexuality in University Times

Work

Praise for teaching

A student in one of my tutorials, who happens to be a well-known journalist here in Ireland, just sent this nice message, which for me makes all the effort throughout the year well worth it. Hi Craig, Just wanted to extend a big thank you for your interesting tutorials during the year and for compiling…… Continue reading Praise for teaching

Fieldwork

Wondering About Ireland’s Immigration System

I’m heading tomorrow morning to meet with a Pakistani friend who I met back in January.  This young man, whose name I’ll keep anonymous for security purposes, is a native of Islamabad, Pakistan.  He arrived to Dublin via work visa over eight years ago. When his work visa ended he filed the necessary paperwork to live (legally) in Ireland.  His…… Continue reading Wondering About Ireland’s Immigration System

Personal

Year 2 of Ph.D. complete!

At least this’s true as it concerns the two terms of teaching, which just finished as of yesterday here at Trinity College Dublin. It’s safe to say that it has been a successful academic year for me.  I have accomplished things I never imagined I would carry out.  I have grown not only as a student…… Continue reading Year 2 of Ph.D. complete!

Creativity · Travels

Doolin, Ireland as you’ve never seen it before

If you’re a Ph.D. student, like myself, you know how precious free time is, and you know how infrequently you find it.  One of my adjustments for year two of the Ph.D. process is to find, and indeed make, time for myself away from the critical thinking, writing, and fieldwork.  It hasn’t been easy, but…… Continue reading Doolin, Ireland as you’ve never seen it before

Commentary

Questions about President Obama’s St Patrick’s Day 2012 speech

In case you haven’t noticed, I run another blog for an Introduction to Sociology course for first year students here at Trinity College Dublin.  I try to post something 4 or 5 times per week to keep students engaged in current events and other academic insights. My latest post explores the question ‘Can President Obama…… Continue reading Questions about President Obama’s St Patrick’s Day 2012 speech

Commentary

When Being Irish Just Isn’t Enough

There was an interesting article on Fox News by Connor Grennan as it concerns his father (born in Ireland) and his Irish identity. Connor grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY and hated the fact that his father had a thick Irish accent. He wanted to hide from the world because of it.  Several times, Connor even said…… Continue reading When Being Irish Just Isn’t Enough

Commentary

Why the Pope’s snubbing Ireland

The 50th International Eucharist Congress is coming to Dublin starting on my birthday, June 10. The Pope, however, won’t be in attendance.  Instead, he will make a televised address, according to Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. This news comes after Martin was kind enough to give the Pope a bowl of shamrock. Pilgrims from all…… Continue reading Why the Pope’s snubbing Ireland

Uncategorized

Quoted on sexuality in The University Times Magazine

I am not a lecturer, as the article suggests, but nonetheless… I was interviewed by Ms. Rachel Lavin who was reporting on sexuality and the youth in Ireland.  Here is what I had to say… Now that people are turning away from the Catholic Church, who is the authority on sex?  Who has the credibility to advise?  There’s…… Continue reading Quoted on sexuality in The University Times Magazine

Uncategorized

Named Editor for JPR 11

I had the honour last week of being named Editor for Trinity College Dublin Journal of Postgraduate Resear (JPR), Volume 11. To support JPR I have created a blog (which you an find here).  Read about it. There is also a note on the Graduate Students Union webpage. I am looking forward to taking on…… Continue reading Named Editor for JPR 11