Murray, Peter and Feeney, Maria
Muintir na Tire seeks funding for rural sociology in 1960s Ireland (NIRSA) Working Paper Series 63.
NIRSA - National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis , Maynooth.
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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