Kilkenny marks centenary of WT Cosgrave’s by-election victory

I was recently in Kilkenny to give the keynote at a day-long event to mark the centenary of WT Cosgrave’s by-election victory in 1917. As part of the decade of commemorations, there have been a number of events around the country reflecting on the series of by-elections that occurred in 1917. These were important momentsContinue reading “Kilkenny marks centenary of WT Cosgrave’s by-election victory”

Public Event: 90th Anniversary of ESB

I was delighted to receive an invitation to speak at an upcoming partnership event between the Irish Society for Archives and ESB to mark the 90th anniversary of the latter. My talk will explore the impact that electricity had on women’s domestic lives, a theme I’m currently working on in two ways. My current project examinesContinue reading “Public Event: 90th Anniversary of ESB”

Speaking at The Collins Institute & The Just Republic Launch

I was back in Dublin earlier this week to speak at the public launch of The Collins Institute, a new think tank set up with financial support from Fine Gael but ultimately independent of the party – a point made clear by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Institute Chair Marian Coy. The purpose of theContinue reading “Speaking at The Collins Institute & The Just Republic Launch”

Negotiating #SocMedia4Hist: Seminar at the IHR

Things have been a little quiet around the blog recently as I’ve been focussing on my Modern Wife, Modern Life exhibition, which opens at the National Print Museum (Ireland) in July 2015 and examines the perceptions and representations of women in 1960s Ireland as seen through the pages of women’s magazines. Happily, my crowd-funding efforts provedContinue reading “Negotiating #SocMedia4Hist: Seminar at the IHR”

Round-Up: The State of Ireland, 1914 Conference #TSOI1914

I’ve been in Manchester for the past couple of days to attend The State of Ireland, 1914, conference organised by Dr Katherine Fennelly and Dr Patrick Doyle of the University of Manchester.  While discussion of the First World War and the Irish Revolution naturally could not be escaped, it was really refreshing to consider 1914 beyond theContinue reading “Round-Up: The State of Ireland, 1914 Conference #TSOI1914”

Round-Up: Social History Society Conference #northumbria2014

This is the first chance I’ve had since last week’s Social History Society conference to sit down and record my thoughts on the gathering — although I’ve certainly been thinking a lot about the event, which was held at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle. The programme had much to offer: I mostly attended the sessions inContinue reading “Round-Up: Social History Society Conference #northumbria2014”

First Person Narratives #northumbria2014

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 changeContinue reading “First Person Narratives #northumbria2014”

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

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 yourContinue reading “Round-Up: Pill & Pen – Unwanted Pregnancy in Popular Culture”

Taking the Longer View: Fine Gael’s Commitment to Youth

The Young Fine Gael National Conference was held in Waterford this weekend (22-24 November). National Youth Officer Sarah O’Connor invited me to give the pre-dinner speech on Saturday evening. Drawing on research from my new book, I spoke about a commitment by certain elements of Fine Gael to encouraging young members and formulating youth policiesContinue reading “Taking the Longer View: Fine Gael’s Commitment to Youth”

Podcast on Declan Costello, Fine Gael and the Just Society

  You can listen to the full podcast here. Declan Costello, son of former Taoiseach John A Costello, was first elected to the Dáil in 1951 for the Fine Gael party. A representative of the working-class constituency of Dublin North-West, he witnessed the effects of unemployment, emigration and relative poverty. This experience influenced him toContinue reading “Podcast on Declan Costello, Fine Gael and the Just Society”