Staff Spotlight – Fergus Fahey
GIS and Research Analyst Fergus Fahey is one of the more recent additions to the FAC team, having joined the company in September of this year. Since then, he has worked on projects relating to homelessness in Dublin 8, planning for a hotel in the Coombe, a web map viewer application for planning information and mapping the distribution of student accommodation. These projects have enabled Fergus to apply many of the GIS and Spatial Statistics skills which he developed writing the thesis to modern census data.
He has just completed an MSc. in Geographic Information Science from DIT and won the IRLOGI – Excellence in Geospatial Student Project Award for his thesis on the developments of two Dublin townships, Rathmines and Pembroke, based on a GIS analysis of the 1911 census. Prior to this, he worked at the Military Archive in Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin.
Fergus was an archivist in the library of NUI Galway, where he primarily worked on literary collections, including the papers of Irish novelist John McGahern and theatre programmes from the Abbey Theatre archive. He progressed to the library systems team where he was responsible for creating and maintaining NUI Galway’s Institutional Repository.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Geography and an MA in Archives and Records Management, both from UCD. His family moved around a lot when he was a child and lived in India and Belgium before moving back to Ireland as a teenager. He attributes his lifelong interest in maps and cartography to this and also his interest in languages; he speaks French, Irish and Italian.