Irish Geography 2022-06-30T03:42:16+00:00 Assoc. Prof. Ronan Foley Open Journal Systems Transforming the Fisheries by Patrick Bresnihan 2022-06-30T03:22:03+00:00 Ronan Foley 2022-06-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Irish Geography Supporting the public health response to COVID-19 in Ireland: the role of HIQA 2022-06-30T02:19:16+00:00 Máirín Ryan Conor Teljeur 2022-06-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Irish Geography The Geographies Closest in: Intimate Geographies and/of COVID19 2022-06-30T02:28:20+00:00 Kath Browne 2022-06-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Irish Geography Health and Wellbeing under COVID-19: The GreenCOVID Survey 2022-06-30T02:45:24+00:00 Marco Garrido-Cumbrera Viveka Guzman Olta Braçe Denise Hewlett Ronan Ronan Foley 2022-06-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Irish Geography Excess Mortality in Dublin during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Using as a geographical source 2022-06-30T02:58:40+00:00 Andrew Parnell Rebecca Dempsey Padraig MacCarron Gerard D. McCarthy 2022-06-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Irish Geography Back gardens and friends: the impact of COVID-19 on children and adolescents use of, and access to, outdoor spaces 2022-06-30T03:05:41+00:00 Mary-Jane Emmett Carol Barron 2022-06-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Irish Geography The Public Health (Alcohol) Act: Spatial issues and glaring gaps 2022-06-30T03:13:22+00:00 Derek McInerney Frank Houghton 2022-06-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Irish Geography John Harwood Andrews, 1927-2019 2022-06-30T03:29:46+00:00 Arnold Horner 2022-06-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Irish Geography Incorporating host-parasite biotic factors in species distribution models: Modelling the distribution of the castor bean tick, Ixodes ricinus. 2022-06-30T00:10:55+00:00 Paul Hollowayh Sinead McDonough <p>Understanding where ticks are found, and the drivers of their geographic distributions is imperative for successful epidemiological precautions. Predictive models of tick distributions are often projected using solely abiotic (e.g. climate) variables, despite the strong biotic interaction that host species undoubtedly have with parasitic species. We used species distribution modelling to project the distribution of Ixodes ricinus in Ireland and the United Kingdom using different combinations of abiotic, biotic, and abiotic-biotic variables. We found that models parameterised solely on abiotic variables generally reported lower accuracy and ecological realism than models that incorporated biotic factors alongside climate. We also investigated representation of host distribution in models, testing four different methods (habitat suitability of individual hosts, presence-absence of individual hosts, ensembled habitat suitability, and ensembled presence-absence). Biotic representations of ensembles host distributions alongside abiotic variables reported the highest accuracy, with the variable representing host diversity (e.g. number of host species) the most important variable when measured using a jackknife test. Moreover, our results suggested how host distributions are represented (i.e. presence-absence, habitat suitability) greatly impacted results, with differences reported among habitat specialists and generalists. Results suggest that it is now imperative for projections of parasitic species to include a representation of biotic factors with host species. This research has improved our understanding of the drivers of tick distributions in a national context, and the investigation of biotic representation should foster discussion among researchers working in species distribution modelling and the wider biogeography discipline.</p> 2022-06-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Irish Geography The Wild Atlantic Way – A Tourism Journey 2022-06-30T01:48:54+00:00 Enita Sprince Gerard Dunne Kevin Griffin <p>The Wild Atlantic Way is possibly the most celebrated, high profile tourism initiative to be launched in Ireland in recent years. It consists of a defined touring route along the western seaboard, one of the most scenic, remote, and sensitive stretches of Irish landscape. This paper presents the principal findings from a survey of 341 tourism and hospitality product providers along the Wild Atlantic Way. The main aim of the research was to investigate the perceived impacts (economic, environmental, and socio-cultural) of this new tourism initiative on the local areas through which it passes. The results paint a generally positive picture of the effects of the route so far. However, a number of significant issues are of concern to many of the respondents; these include insufficient or inappropriate infrastructure, heightened traffic problems, increased pressure on local facilities and the perception of imbalance with regard to the dispersal of economic gain from the route. The importance of striking a balance between accessibility and sustainability is a key message which can be taken from the study.</p> 2022-06-30T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Irish Geography