April 11, 2014

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The New Irish in Britain (Radio Contribution)

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  This week Michael D Higgins became the first Irish president to make an official state visit to Britain. With extensive coverage and commentary offered by the Irish media, RTÉ’s Drivetime opted to approach the occasion from a slightly different angle with a slot on the new Irish in Britain. I was invited on to comment briefly […]

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April 3, 2014

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First Person Narratives #northumbria2014

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Next week I’m attending the annual Social History Society conference, which is being held at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. It is my first opportunity to test out a new research project, which in part explores the representation of women in the media. I’ll be focussing on what letters to Woman’s Way magazine reveals about social change […]

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March 10, 2014

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Round-Up: Pill & Pen – Unwanted Pregnancy in Popular Culture

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I’ve just arrived back from the Pill and Pen conference at the University of Iowa, where delegates spent the weekend presenting on and discussing the representation of contraception and unwanted pregnancy in popular culture. It is rare to find a conference at which every paper is of interest and relates in some way to your […]

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February 21, 2014

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Perceptions of Pregnancy: Provisional Conference Programme

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PERCEPTIONS OF PREGNANCY: FROM THE MEDIEVAL TO THE MODERN UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE, 16-18 JULY 2014 Please note, the programme is subject to change. For further details, visit the conference blog or email conference organisers: Ciara Meehan, c.meehan2[at]herts.ac.uk or Jennifer Evans j.evans5[at]herts.ac.uk Day 1 9:00- 9:30: Registration 9:30-11:00: Session One Panel A Male discourses of contraception, […]

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February 12, 2014

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A Just Society for Ireland? mentioned in Vincent Browne’s Irish Times column

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Prompted by my book, Vincent Browne writes about his recollections of Declan Costello’s Just Society and offers his views on the documents legacy to Fine Gael in today’s Irish Times: Fifty years ago a politician published a manifesto which, if implemented, would have changed the nature of Irish society, would have defied the ethos of contemporary […]

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February 8, 2014

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Keep the Conversation Going #TimeToTalk

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This week the University of Hertfordshire (UH) participated in the national ‘Time To Talk’ campaign led by Time to Change, England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. UH staff and students were asked to tweet using the hashtag #TimeToTalk and UH Student Wellbeing Services re-tweeted us throughout the day. Although Thursday, 6 February, […]

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January 28, 2014

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Perceptions of Pregnancy Conference: Call for Papers Closing Soon

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Perceptions of Pregnancy: From the Medieval to the Modern is a three-day conference that I am co-organising with my colleague, Dr Jennifer Evans. It will be held at the University of Hertfordshire between 16 and 18 July. The response to our call for papers so far has been fantastic, and with abstracts coming from places […]

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January 27, 2014

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A Just Society for Ireland? featured on Talking History, Newstalk

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  I joined Patrick Geoghegan of Newstalk’s Talking History on Sunday, 26 January to talk about my new book.  We discussed the reasons why Declan Costello formulated his proposals when he did; the effect his policies had on Fine Gael and wider society; and the extent to which Garret FitzGerald was a progressive figure. We also […]

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January 6, 2014

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A Just Society for Ireland? featured on The History Show, RTÉ Radio 1

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I joined Myles Dungan of RTÉ’s The History Show on Sunday, 5 January to talk about my new book.  We discussed the reasons why Declan Costello formulated his proposals when he did; the extent to which he influenced Garret FitzGerald; and the nature of Fine Gael’s mixed fortunes. Listen back to the interview below.  

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January 1, 2014

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Ballymagash & the Fall of the Fine Gael-Labour Government, 1977

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A variation of this post first appeared on TheJournal.ie,  31 December 2013 With advanced publicity for Oliver Callan’s New Year’s Eve special promising sketches that would sail close to the wind in their depiction of President Michael D. Higgins and his aide Kevin McCarthy, RTÉ reportedly asked that the satirist tone down his portrayal of  the President […]

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