Researchers at UCD


Eoin O'Mahony

Teaching Fellow

School Of Geography
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168487


Dr Eoin O'Mahony is a teaching fellow at the School of Geography. He was awarded his Ph.D. in 2015; it was concerned with religious geographies and political secularism in Ireland. He went on to work in Dublin City University and for a period he was teaching in the geography departments in Trinity College Dublin and UCD where he focused on teaching GIS and developing new skills. His research interests are in the public use of geographic data, the practice of GIS and in urban and suburban geographies. 


Honours and Awards

Year: 2012.
Title: Collins-Kitchin Postgraduate Travel Bursary: AAG Annual Meeting, New York City.
Year: 2012.
Title: Geographical Society of Ireland Postgraduate Travel Award: Nordic Geographers Meeting, Reykjavik
Year: 2015.
Title: Geographical Society of Ireland Doctoral Research Award, QU Belfast.


Association: Geographical Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Committee member


Employer: Trinity College Dublin
Position: Adjunct lecturer
Employer: University College Dublin
Position: Occasional lecturer
Employer: St Patrick's College of Education / DCU
Position: Assistant lecturer


Year 2015 Institution: Maynooth University
Qualification: Ph.D. Subject: Geography
Year 1996 Institution: UCD
Qualification: MSocSc Subject: Sociology
Year 1994 Institution:
Qualification: BSocSc Subject:

Outreach Activities

I am a contributor to the blogs Ireland After Nama and the Bulletin for the Study of Religion. 

I have written for the Dublin Inquirer and Rabble.

I am organising a public seminar (scheduled for Spring 2018) on the contribution of the architect Herbert Simms to Irish public life.

I contributed text and public talks to an exhibition entitled Sacred Space at Darc Space Dublin, 2015.

Acted as expert for SIPTU to assist the Clery¿s planning appeal during 2016 and 2017.

In 2015 and 2017, I contributed to the DePaul University Ireland Study Abroad Program, organising a Dublin-based urban geography fieldtrip.




Book Chapters

O'Mahony, E. (2015) '¿From Missionary Zeal to Technical Assistance: development organisations from Ireland to the world and back again' In: Ryan, S (eds). Treasures of Irish Christianity Vol. 3: to the ends of the earth. Dublin: Veritas. [Details]
O'Mahony (2018) 'How sacred text becomes religious artefact: a cultural geography of the Book of Kells' In: Anderson, B. & Kearney, J (eds). The Bible in Ireland: A Social and Cultural History. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

O¿Mahony, E. and Rigney, S.J. (2015) '¿What's the Story Buddleia?¿: A public geography of dereliction in Dublin City'. Irish Geography, . [Details]
O'Mahony, E and Murphy, M. (2017) 'Drawing lines on pages: remaking the Catholic parish maps of Ireland as a tidal public geography'. Irish Geography, . [Details]

Published Reports

Loyal, S. O'Mahony, E and Mulcahy, A; (2001) Racism in Ireland: The Views of Black and Ethnic Minorities. Amnesty, Dublin. [Details]

Electronic Publication

O'Mahony, E. (2011) ¿Being¿ religious and ¿becoming¿ secular in Ireland and France: rescaling secularisation theory. Electronic Publication [Details]
O'Mahony, E (2014) The Problem with Drawing Lines: theo-geographies of the Catholic parish in Ireland. Electronic Publication [Details]

Working Paper

O'Mahony, E. (2011) ¿Voice¿ and Crisis in Irish Catholicism. Working Paper [Details]
O'Mahony, E. (2016) ¿The spatial distribution of municipal housing in Dublin City. Working Paper [Details]


Research Interests

My research interests are primarily in urban and suburban geographies with an emphasis on the uses of temporary and vacant spaces. I am developing a research project on the ways in which migrants use suburban warehouses as adapted worship space. My recent writing has been concerned with the ways in which housing is being financialised and the manner in which multinational capital marginalises social and public housing. 

My research employs a plurality of methods including quantitative methods using geographic information systems. 

From 2006 to 2015 I was a Social Researcher with the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference. I designed, produced and reported on a variety of quantitative and qualitative research projects in conjunction with the agencies, commissions and dioceses. During this time I coordinated the production of a digital parish boundary dataset. From 2003 to 2006 I was a Social Inclusion Analyst with South Dublin County Council. Working in conjunction with Council management, I was responsible for the South Dublin County Statistics Office. In 2005/06, I completed the first South Dublin County Poverty Profile. 



Teaching Philosophy

My aim is to integrate, where possible, research with teaching at various stages of the curriculum.

Modules Coordinated

201700   GEOG30830     Geography: G.I.S.
201700   GEOG40670     Geography: Geo-spatial Technologies

Enhancement of Teaching

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Developing as a Teacher

Innovation & Leadership