Desmond Gillmor
Fellow Emeritus, Geography


Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Desmond A. Gillmor, Where a photograph led: Gillmors from northwestern Ireland in 1850's Iowa, USA, Irish Family History, 29, 2013, p7 - 26 Journal Article, 2013

Almar Barry and Desmond Gillmor, Children as genealogists: exploring possibilities for primary classroom practice, Geographical Viewpoint, 41, 2013, p25 - 39 Journal Article, 2013

Desmond Gillmor and Almar Barry, Family histories and geographies: relationships between genealogy and geography, Geographical Viewpoint, 40, 2012, p15 - 23 Journal Article, 2012

Desmond A. Gillmor, Discovering and tracing an American branch of an Irish Gillmor family, Irish Family History, 28, 2012, p9 - 21 Journal Article, 2012

Desmond A. Gillmor, CofI intermarriage and inter-church families in the Republic of Ireland - 2006, Search, 35, (1), 2011, p48 - 58 Journal Article, 2011

Mary Cawley and Desmond A. Gillmor, Integrated rural tourism: concepts and practices, Annals of Tourism Research, 35, (2), 2008, p316 - 337 Journal Article, 2008

'Culture Economy', 'Integrated Tourism' and 'Sustainable Rural Development': evidence from Western Ireland in, editor(s)Guy M. Robinson , Sustainable rural systems: sustainable agriculture and rural communities, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2008, pp145 - 159, [Mary Cawley and Desmond A. Gillmor] Book Chapter, 2008

Mary Cawley and Desmond A. Gillmor, Turismo rural integrado: teoria y practica, Annals of Tourism Research en Espanol, 10, (1), 2008, p73 - 97 Journal Article, 2008

Desmond A. Gillmor, The Church of Ireland population in the Republic of Ireland, 1991-2002, Search: A Church of Ireland Journal, 30, (2), 2007, p117 - 129 Journal Article, 2007

Le tourisme dans les espaces de faible densite de population: perspectives pour les communautes d'accueil dans l'ouest de l'Irlande in, editor(s)Frederique van Celst , Habiter et vivre dans les campagnes de faible densite, Clermont-Ferrand, France, Presses Universitaires Blaise Pascal , 2007, pp305 - 321, [Mary E. Cawley, Desmond A. Gillmor, Roisin Kelly] Book Chapter, 2007

Integrated tourism as a contribution to sustainable rural development: experience in western Ireland in, editor(s)C.R. Bryant and M.G. Grillotti Di Giacomo , Quality agriculture: historical heritage and environmental resources for the integrated development of territories, Genova, Brigati, 2007, pp77 - 86, [M. Cawley, R. Kelly and D. Gillmor] Book Chapter, 2007

Mary Cawley, Jean-Bernard Marsat & Desmond A. Gillmor, Promoting integrated rural tourism: comparative perspectives on institutional networking in France and Ireland, Tourism Geographies: An International Journal of Tourism Space, Place and Environment, 9, (4), 2007, p405 - 420 Journal Article, 2007

Desmond A. Gillmor, Changing religious affiliations: a census perspective, Studies, 95, (378), 2006, p153 - 161 Journal Article, 2006

Desmond A. Gillmor, Changing religions in the Republic of Ireland, 1991-2002, Irish Geography: The International Journal of the Geography of Ireland, 39, (2), 2006, p111 - 128 Journal Article, 2006

J. Feehan, D.A.Gillmor and N.Culleton, Effects of an agri-environment scheme on farmland biodiversity in Ireland, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 107, (1-2), 2005, p275 - 286 Journal Article, 2005

M. Cawley, P., Commins, S., Gaffey, D., Gillmor, M., Henchion, P., McDonagh and B. McIntyre, Quality Irish regional products and services: their promotion and marketing, Galway and Dublin, The Social Science Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway and Teagasc, 2005, 117pp Book, 2005

C. McNerney and D.A. Gillmor, Experiences and perceptions of rural women in the Republic of Ireland: studies in the Border Region, Irish Geography: The International Journal of the Geography of Ireland, 38, (1), 2005, p44 - 56 Journal Article, 2005

Integrated rural tourism development in the West of Ireland: learning from tourists and tour organisers in, editor(s)E. Pitts , Rural futures, Dublin, Teagasc, 2004, pp96 - 105, [M. Cawley, D. Gillmor and R. Kelly] Book Chapter, 2004

Agricultural and rural geography, M. Sala, Encyclopedia of life support systems (EOLSS), first, Oxford, UNESCO and Eolss, 2004, pp23 , [Desmond A. Gillmor] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2004 URL

Desmond A. Gillmor, Patterns and implications of recent population change in Leitrim, The Leitrim Guardian, 36, 2004, p102 - 103 Journal Article, 2004

Desmond A. Gillmor, Change in rural Europe, Geographia Polonica, 76, (1), 2003, p3 - 12 Journal Article, 2003

A role for quality rural tourism services in rural development?: evidence from the Republic of Ireland in, editor(s)K.B. Beesley, H. Millward, B. Ilbery and L. Harrington , The new countryside: geographic perspectives on rural change, Halifax, Canada, Brandon University, Brandon and St. Mary's University, 2003, pp143 - 154, [M. Cawley, D. A. Gillmor and S. Gaffey] Book Chapter, 2003

Desmond A. Gillmor, Irish rural development within the European Union, Geographia Polonica, 76, (1), 2003, p111 - 126 Journal Article, 2003

Geographia Polonica, Aspects of changes in European rural spaces, 76, 1 special issue, (2003), 184p, Desmond A. Gillmor and Jerzy Banski, [guest eds.] Journal, 2003

The county: dessignation, identity and loyalty in, editor(s)J. Hourihane , Engaging spaces: people, place and space from an Irish perspective, Dublin, Lilliput Press, 2003, pp45 - 60, [Desmond A. Gillmor] Book Chapter, 2003

Regional development policy and spatial strategy in the Republic of Ireland in, editor(s)A. Vaishar, J. Zapletalova and J. Munzar , Regional geography and its applications, Brno, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, 2003, pp37 - 43, [Desmond A. Gillmor] Book Chapter, 2003

Land and people c.1926 in, editor(s)J. R. Hill , A new history of Ireland, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003, pp62 - 85, [Desmond A. Gillmor] Book Chapter, 2003

Land and people c.1983 in, editor(s)J. R. Hill , A new history of Ireland, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003, pp426 - 451, [Desmond A. Gillmor] Book Chapter, 2003

M. Cawley, D. A. Gillmor and S. Gaffey, Localization and global reach in rural tourism: Irish evidence, Tourist Studies: An International Journal, 2, (1), 2002, p63 - 86 Journal Article, 2002

J. Feehan, D. A. Gillmor and N. E. Culleton, The impact of the Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS) on plant and insect diversity, Tearmann: The Irish Journal of Agri-Environmental Research, 1, (2), 2002, p15 - 28 Journal Article, 2002

REPS and the UN Convention on Biodiversity: the importance of agri-environment to biodiversity conservation in Ireland in, editor(s)F. Convery and J. Feehan , Achievement and challenge: Rio+10 in Ireland, Dublin, The Environmental Institute, University College Dublin, 2002, pp29 - 37, [J. Feehan, M. Flynn, O. Carton, M. Culleton, D. A. Gillmor and B. Kavanagh] Book Chapter, 2002

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Des Gillmor, End of an era: farewell to two centuries of the Gillmor retail business, The Leitrim Guardian 2015, 47, 2014, p38 - 42 Journal Article, 2014

Desmond A. Gillmor, The first upturn in Leitrim's population since the Famine, The Leitrim Guardian , 35, 2003, p26 - 28 Journal Article, 2003

Research Expertise


General economic geography, with specialisation in agriculture and other primary activities, resource use, rural geography and tourism. Geographical education. Regional interests in Ireland, Europe and North America


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    • Irish contractor for four-country CAMAR project (8001-CT91-0119) titled "The contribution of alternative farming systems to the future comparative advantage of farms in lagging regions of the Community", Directorate General IV Agriculture, Commission of the European Communities, research grant of 76,635 ECU awarded for project over period 1992-94. Subcontractor from Teagasc for Irish part of five-country project (AIR3 - CT93 - 1545) titled "The impact of public institutions on lagging rural and coastal regions", Directorate General IV Agriculture, Commission of the European Communities, research grant of 61,500 ECU awarded for project over period 1994-97. Member of Irish research team (National University of Ireland, Galway and Teagasc) for six-country project (FAIR3 CT96 1827) titled "Regional images and the promotion of quality products and services in the lagging regions of the European Union", Directorate General IV Agriculture, Commission of the European Communities, project period 1997-1999. Member of Irish research team (National University of Ireland, Galway and Teagasc) for EU Fifth Framework project on Sustainable Tourism (SPRITE), 2000-2004.


Agricultural Geography; Economic Geography; Geography; Ireland; Malawi; Rural Geography; Rural Studies; Social Geography



Society and committee positions: Dublin University Geographical Society: Founder member and Secretary, 1960; Chairman, 1960-61; President, 1967-68, 1977-78, 1983-84, 1994-95; Honorary Life Membership conferred 1969. Geographical Society of Ireland: Committee member, 1966-69, 1984-86; President, 1972-76; Vice-President, 1976-78. Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland: Member of Committee, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91 President, 1976-78; Vice-President, 1978-80; Trustee, Gwenda Hurst Memorial Fund, 1989- Honorary Life Membership conferred 1983. Irish National Committee for Geography: Member, 1972-75, 1976-79, 1980-83, 2000-04. Chairman, 1996-99. Irish national delegate to 29th International Geographical Congress, Seoul, 2000 National Commission for the Teaching of Geography: Member, 1972-74, 1984-87; Chairman, 1974-75, 1976-79, 1980-83. Member of Royal Irish Academy Board for Science, 1996-1999 Member of Royal Irish Academy Board for Humanities, 1997-1999 European Standing Conference of Geography Teachers' Associations: Member, 1990-92.