Modern Wife, Modern Life Exhibition One Year On

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”

The Dangers of Washing Machines

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”

Selling to women through 1960s magazine advertorials

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”

Podcast: Expectations of Marriage in 1960s Ireland

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”

Modern Wife, Modern Life Exhibition at the National Print Museum of 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.

Pushing the Boundaries: Sex Advice in Women’s Magazines, 1960s Ireland

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”

A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-87 now available to pre-order from Palgrave Macmillan and Amazon

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.  

Book Cover: A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-1987

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’s Just Society: A Fine Gael Symbol of Progress or of Division?

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?”

‘The Riordans’, Popular Culture and Negotiating Social Change

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”

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”