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Ruth Geraghty

Ruth Geraghty


National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, Maynooth University


DRI Role

Researcher on the demonstrator project ‘Irish Lifetimes’

Research Interests
Qualitative, social science research, in particular life history interviewing, comparative historical research and secondary analysis of archival social science data. The family in Irish society, in particular the evolution of Irish family life over the


Ruth Geraghty is a researcher at the Irish Qualitative Data Archive at the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, Maynooth University. Since January 2013 she has been working primarily on the IQDA demonstrator project for the Digital Repository of Ireland entitled, ‘Irish Lifetimes’. 

Selected Publications

Geraghty, Ruth. ‘Attitudes to qualitative archiving in Ireland: Findings from a consultation with the Irish social science community’, Studia Socjologiczne (Forthcoming in 2014)

Geraghty, Ruth, Gray, Jane and Ralph, David. ‘“One of the best members of the family”: Continuity and Change in Young Children’s Relationships with their Grandparents’ in The 'Irish' Family, Linda Connolly (Ed.) (Forthcoming in 2014)

Gray, Jane and Geraghty, Ruth and Ralph, David (2013) ‘Young grandchildren and their grandparents: continuity and change across four birth cohorts’. Families, Relationships and Societies, 2 (2). pp. 289-298.

Geraghty, Ruth, Gray, Jane and O’Carroll, Aileen (2012) ‘Irish Qualitative Data Archive’ presented at IASSIST 2012, 38th Annual Conference, Washington D.C., 4th to 8th of June, 2012, Session-δ: Preserving and organising qualitative social science data resources for sharing and re-use