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Masters Thesis On Border Communities - Interviewees Needed

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Hi everyone,
I know this is a GAA forum but I really need assistance on this issue and this forum seems like the best place (Boards.ie was no help whatsoever!)

Anyway, I'm doing an MA in Politics and Sociology and my thesis will be on the future prosperity of border communities.

So, I would like some members on this forum to engage with a Zoom meeting over the next few months as part of the qualitative research (I have one from South Armagh from a different forum signed up)

I would also be much more hopeful of the majority, if not all, of the border community members on this forum to engage with the survey I will release for this thesis in the coming weeks/months (in a separate thread where I will provide a link to the SurveyMonkey page)

If you are interested in the interview, please declare your interest here and email me at [email protected]

Thanks and apologies again for non GAA content but this is extremely important to me

eoghan6688 (Galway) - Posts: 145 - 10/02/2021 22:07:35    2330971

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Replying To eoghan6688:  "Hi everyone,
I know this is a GAA forum but I really need assistance on this issue and this forum seems like the best place (Boards.ie was no help whatsoever!)

Anyway, I'm doing an MA in Politics and Sociology and my thesis will be on the future prosperity of border communities.

So, I would like some members on this forum to engage with a Zoom meeting over the next few months as part of the qualitative research (I have one from South Armagh from a different forum signed up)

I would also be much more hopeful of the majority, if not all, of the border community members on this forum to engage with the survey I will release for this thesis in the coming weeks/months (in a separate thread where I will provide a link to the SurveyMonkey page)

If you are interested in the interview, please declare your interest here and email me at [email protected]

Thanks and apologies again for non GAA content but this is extremely important to me"
Very interesting idea, I wish you the very best of luck with it. I would be interested to see the results of your research.

DUALSUPPORT (Limerick) - Posts: 848 - 10/02/2021 22:52:30    2330976

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Replying To eoghan6688:  "Hi everyone,
I know this is a GAA forum but I really need assistance on this issue and this forum seems like the best place (Boards.ie was no help whatsoever!)

Anyway, I'm doing an MA in Politics and Sociology and my thesis will be on the future prosperity of border communities.

So, I would like some members on this forum to engage with a Zoom meeting over the next few months as part of the qualitative research (I have one from South Armagh from a different forum signed up)

I would also be much more hopeful of the majority, if not all, of the border community members on this forum to engage with the survey I will release for this thesis in the coming weeks/months (in a separate thread where I will provide a link to the SurveyMonkey page)

If you are interested in the interview, please declare your interest here and email me at [email protected]

Thanks and apologies again for non GAA content but this is extremely important to me"
Why was boards.ie no use? what forum on boards did you ask/look for info in?

Would you not be better off talking to community groups, sports clubs in the border areas and communities and getting a sample of their members to use in the discussion.
as you're a student of NUIG talk to lecturer Michael Donnelly considering his expertise in the area of northern irish politics?

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2123 - 10/02/2021 23:52:25    2330983

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Best of luck with it. Afraid I can't help you here in deep south Mayo...unless you want to interview me about the hostile north Galway men just across the border ;)

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10517 - 11/02/2021 07:01:29    2330989

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Replying To KillingFields:  "Why was boards.ie no use? what forum on boards did you ask/look for info in?

Would you not be better off talking to community groups, sports clubs in the border areas and communities and getting a sample of their members to use in the discussion.
as you're a student of NUIG talk to lecturer Michael Donnelly considering his expertise in the area of northern irish politics?"
I asked the politics forum in boards.ie and I was only told to look up Chambers of Commerce in border towns but I know that won't work.

I would be open to talking to other community groups and sports clubs but not sure how to do that without travelling (which I obviously will not be able to)?

I expect Prof. Niall O Dochartaigh to supervise my thesis, so I will ask him if I'm struggling the next few weeks

eoghan6688 (Galway) - Posts: 145 - 11/02/2021 09:51:38    2331002

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Replying To eoghan6688:  "I asked the politics forum in boards.ie and I was only told to look up Chambers of Commerce in border towns but I know that won't work.

I would be open to talking to other community groups and sports clubs but not sure how to do that without travelling (which I obviously will not be able to)?

I expect Prof. Niall O Dochartaigh to supervise my thesis, so I will ask him if I'm struggling the next few weeks"
Arranging to talking to other community groups well you dont need to travel. use zoom or other online facilities. talk to clubs and see if they can arrange a zoom meeting with any/enough individuals interested. you could have group discussion followed by using the breakout rooms function to ask individuals questions without the group being there

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2123 - 11/02/2021 11:25:52    2331024

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Replying To KillingFields:  "Arranging to talking to other community groups well you dont need to travel. use zoom or other online facilities. talk to clubs and see if they can arrange a zoom meeting with any/enough individuals interested. you could have group discussion followed by using the breakout rooms function to ask individuals questions without the group being there"
Ok might use that as a last resort option because I just find attracting people through forums (or some student colleagues through Facebook) easier

eoghan6688 (Galway) - Posts: 145 - 11/02/2021 12:14:19    2331031

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Replying To eoghan6688:  "Ok might use that as a last resort option because I just find attracting people through forums (or some student colleagues through Facebook) easier"
forums are only used by a very small number of people. Use social media and facebook, twitter and you will get a better response

where on boards did you post that you were looking for interviewees

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2123 - 11/02/2021 12:51:32    2331034

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Replying To KillingFields:  "forums are only used by a very small number of people. Use social media and facebook, twitter and you will get a better response

where on boards did you post that you were looking for interviewees"
I said previously I posted on the politics section of boards but as for using social media, I think I'll pass on asking random strangers to participate in a 10 minute plus interview, because I imagine the responses would not be too kind compared to being an established member of a friendly forum (plus there are a huge amount of border community citizens on this forum relative to other online websites)

eoghan6688 (Galway) - Posts: 145 - 11/02/2021 13:56:58    2331042

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Replying To eoghan6688:  "I said previously I posted on the politics section of boards but as for using social media, I think I'll pass on asking random strangers to participate in a 10 minute plus interview, because I imagine the responses would not be too kind compared to being an established member of a friendly forum (plus there are a huge amount of border community citizens on this forum relative to other online websites)"
forum members are as random strangers as anyone on facebook/twitter. thought that would be obvious.

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2123 - 11/02/2021 22:05:46    2331130

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Replying To KillingFields:  "forum members are as random strangers as anyone on facebook/twitter. thought that would be obvious."
I would've put money on you not knowing the difference

SaffronDon (Antrim) - Posts: 2109 - 12/02/2021 10:11:29    2331154

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Ok guys, I've managed to get a few interviewees across a number of forums from both sides of the border, so I don't need another interviewee from this forum (special thanks to the one guy from Tyrone who's alias I don't know, who emailed me from here and agreed to help out)

Buy I must insist in a few months time, I will need dozens of responses from this forum for the quantitative survey (in a separate thread). At present, I can guarantee 6 responses to that survey from various sources, but I would need substantially more than that to make my research more valid and concrete. Therefore, I would urge as many border members of this forum to help me out (even members from areas such as North Meath and Sligo) with the survey on a SurveyMonkey link (which will only take a few minutes and is anonymous), when I send the link in a few months time

Thanks for your impending help!

eoghan6688 (Galway) - Posts: 145 - 13/02/2021 17:08:01    2331285

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Just an update that I won't be requiring assistance for this anymore as I had to withdraw from the MA programme on medical grounds.

But a massive thanks all the same to everyone who was willing to contribute in some way

eoghan6688 (Galway) - Posts: 145 - 13/03/2021 22:23:57    2334110

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Replying To eoghan6688:  "Just an update that I won't be requiring assistance for this anymore as I had to withdraw from the MA programme on medical grounds.

But a massive thanks all the same to everyone who was willing to contribute in some way"
Hope you OK Eoghan and want to wish you the best of luck in your future.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 1597 - 13/03/2021 23:20:31    2334116

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Replying To eoghan6688:  "Just an update that I won't be requiring assistance for this anymore as I had to withdraw from the MA programme on medical grounds.

But a massive thanks all the same to everyone who was willing to contribute in some way"
Sorry to hear that Eoghan6688 I hope everything is OK and I wish you well.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 12553 - 14/03/2021 02:19:36    2334122

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Replying To eoghan6688:  "Just an update that I won't be requiring assistance for this anymore as I had to withdraw from the MA programme on medical grounds.

But a massive thanks all the same to everyone who was willing to contribute in some way"
Best of luck eoghan. Hope you recover and are well again soon.

Dubh_linn (Dublin) - Posts: 2250 - 14/03/2021 09:38:39    2334126

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Thanks, I'm actually going through severe stress and anxiety because of hair loss. Have an appointment with Dr. Nel soon so hopeful of a decent transplant. Men's hair loss is disgracefully under mentioned by most of society and media, particular Biology classes in secondary school

eoghan6688 (Galway) - Posts: 145 - 14/03/2021 13:05:49    2334141

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