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Absolutely delighted to have been awarded the GSI Doctoral Research Award 2018 by the Geographical Society of Ireland.

I was thrilled to have been one of five shortlisted recent PhD graduates in Ireland selected to present my research at a special session at the 50th Conference of Irish Geographers held in Maynooth University 10th – 12th May. The session took place on the first day of the conference and was well attended by delegates at different stages of their careers. Although an unnerving and competitive process, it was thoroughly enjoyable to be afforded the opportunity to present my research alongside my peers. Reflecting the diversity of the Discipline, the research presented by the graduates covered an exciting mix of human and physical perspectives and approaches. It was an honour to be presented the Doctoral Award Prize and Certificate by outgoing GSI president Dr. Niamh Cherry Moore at the Conference Dinner, which was held in the historic Pugin Hall on the evening of May 11th.

I would like to take this as an opportunity to extend a special thank you to my fantastic supervisors Dr. Frances Fahy and Prof. Thomas Scharf their comradeship and amazing support over the course of my doctoral research.