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Muintir na Tire Seeks Funding for Rural Sociology in 1960s Ireland

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  • Peter Murray

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    (National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis/ Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland)

  • Maria Feeney

    (REDP Teagasc, Athenry, Co. Galway/ School of Sociology,University College Dublin, Ireland)

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    Muintir na Tire’s role in the emergence of the discipline of Sociology in Ireland is usually acknowledged with reference to the Limerick Rural Survey (1958-64) that it initiated, part-funded and published. In the first half of the 1960s the movement also put proposals to the Irish government and sought US foundation grants for a centre or institute that would operate in the field of rural sociology and form part of Muintir na Tire’s organisational structure. Although Taoiseach Sean Lemass was positively disposed towards these initatives, opposition from the Departments of Agriculture, Education and Finance prevailed against them and Muintir na Tire was ultimately to find itself completely excluded from participation in the state-resourced institutional arrangements for carrying out social/sociological research in Ireland.

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    Paper provided by Rural Economy and Development Programme,Teagasc in its series Working Papers with number 1104.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: 2011
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