When I declared to a colleague in work recently that I had become obsessed with shoplifting, I probably should have clarified what I meant! I haven’t suddenly taken a shine to pocketing items from local stores. Rather, while doing some research to finish off the section on the changing shopping habits of housewives in 1960sContinue reading “‘I just yielded to temptation’: Open-Counter Shopping and the Growth of Shoplifting in 1960s Ireland”
Just over one year ago, Modern Wife, Modern Life: an Exhibition of Women’s Magazines from 1960s Ireland opened at the National Print Museum in Dublin (1 July – 30 August 2015). Since then, it has gone on to visit dlr LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire, Wexford Town Library, and Westport Library in Mayo. Leaving Ireland this summer, theContinue reading “Modern Wife, Modern Life Exhibition One Year On”
There’s a lot of waiting around during the blessings of the graves, especially in cemeteries like St Colmcille’s in Swords, North County Dublin. My mum’s family are buried in the older part of the cemetery, towards the back, and as the blessings start in the newer section, it always takes a while for the priestsContinue reading “The Dangers of Washing Machines”
I’m currently writing a chapter on the all-electric house for my book about everyday lives in 1960s Ireland. Past readers of this blog will know that I’m using women’s magazines as a way of establishing trends and expectations. Leafing through the pages of the magazines, a particular type of article recurs: the advertorial. These pieces explored variousContinue reading “Selling to women through 1960s magazine advertorials”
Image: Marian Keyes, Senior Executive Librarian at dlr LexIcon, introducing Ciara Meehan and Lorna Sixsmith. Credit: Michael Liffey / Real Smart Media. On 31 October, dlr LexIcon hosted a special event in association with my Modern Wife, Modern Life exhibition. I was joined by Lorna Sixsmith, author of the recently published How to Be a Perfect Farm Wife, to discussContinue reading “Podcast: Expectations of Marriage in 1960s Ireland”
I am delighted to announce that the National Print Museum of Ireland has agreed to host my exhibition, Modern Wife, Modern Life. It will run between August and October 2015.
Manuals on how to be a good wife were widely available in Ireland at the start of the twentieth century. Publications such as The Young Wife (1938 edition), provided women with practical advice on such matters as housekeeping and budgeting, or emotional guidance on understanding and caring for her husband. They did not, however, generally offer adviceContinue reading “Pushing the Boundaries: Sex Advice in Women’s Magazines, 1960s Ireland”
My forthcoming book, A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-87, is now available to pre-order. Further details, including the introductory chapter, can be found below.
The production process for my new book – A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-87 – is progressing smoothly. I recently received the finalised cover from my publisher, Palgrave Macmillan. All going well, the book will be launched in November this year. To view the cover and contents page, see below.
Declan Costello died on 6 June 2011. Profiles of the former Fine Gael TD following his death made continuous references to his Just Society document, published as the Fine Gael manifesto for the 1965 general election. In his tribute, Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny described the document as ‘an initiative that helped toContinue reading “Declan Costello’s Just Society: A Fine Gael Symbol of Progress or of Division?”
Did you watch RTÉ’s The Riordans? If so, can you help with a research project? Details below. In my last post, I wrote about some of the ways that the lives of women changed as the 1970s progressed. One of the topics discussed was the legalisation of the sale of contraceptives. As I mentioned in thatContinue reading “‘The Riordans’, Popular Culture and Negotiating Social Change”
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”