What Are You Eating?

I made a brief appearance this evening in the first episode of a new six-part series on RTÉ 1 called What Are You Eating? Presented by Philip Boucher-Hayes, the programme takes a look at processed foods and asks if people really know what goes into the food they’re eating.  Continue reading “What Are You Eating?”

Researching everyday life in Carlow

I’ve spent most of this week in the local studies section of Carlow County Library listening to the county’s Life and Life collection. Life and Lore is a series of oral testimonies from around the country that have been collected by Maurice and Jane O’Keeffe since the 1990s. They provide an important record not only of everyday life, but also of superstitions, old traditions, songs, folklore and legends – not to mention accents. Continue reading “Researching everyday life in Carlow”

June 1927 Election: a parallel for Election 2016?

WITH THE ELECTION 2016 results not showing any clear winner or alternative coalition, there has been plenty of discussion about the possibility of another general election. The 1980s brought three votes in 18 months, but arguably the two general elections of 1927 offer a better parallel for the current situation. In June 1927, voters abandoned the government party (Cumann na nGaedheal, antecedents of Fine Gael) and turned to the various small parties that entered the fray. At another election three months later, they returned to Cumann na nGaedheal. Why? What happened to the other parties? And does this provide any indicators of what might happen in the aftermath of the current election?

You can read the rest of this post over on TheJournal.ie here.

Past Election Campaigns, Campaign Daily appearance

I joined Keelin Shanley on Campaign Daily today to discuss electioneering in past election campaigns. For those unfamiliar, Campaign Daily is a programme on RTÉ television that takes a daily look at the events of Election 2016. We discussed the cult of the leader, the first use of an advertising agency, the first television election and the use of opinion polling.

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Who Owns the Past?

Or more specifically, who should write about it? Can someone not from the country under review sufficiently understand the customs, culture and identity in order to untangle and make sense of that country’s past? Can these things be learned, through research? Or is a ‘local’ or native understanding necessary in order to write, for example, the history of everyday life? This is the area of research that I’ve moved into over the past couple of years (having previously written about Irish political history). Although I’m still writing about Ireland, I’ve encountered some difficulties now that I live in England and work for a British University. I’m curious if others have been faced with similar challenges as those outlined below, and, if so, how they worked with or around them.

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Guest Post: Irish Caricature and Editorial Cartoons by Barry Sheppard

I am delighted to feature a guest post on my blog from Barry Sheppard of Queen’s University, Belfast, who curated the 1920s Irish Political Cartoons exhibition. All images in this post have been reproduced with kind permission from Irish Newspaper Archives and the Irish Press. I’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Barry on his recent award of a Giving Northern Ireland research bursary.

~ Ciara Continue reading “Guest Post: Irish Caricature and Editorial Cartoons by Barry Sheppard”