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Dr. Ciara Breathnach

Biography

Ciara Breathnach is Associate Professor in History at the University of Limerick and an Irish Research Council Laureate Awardee. She has published widely on Irish socio-economic, gender, cultural and health history. Her current monograph Ordinary lives, death and social class: Dublin City Coroner's Court, 1876-1902 is under contract and forthcoming with Oxford University Press. She is co-editor of two forthcoming volumes:
1. Jyoti Atwal, Ciara Breathnach and Sarah-Anne Buckley (eds.), Gender History: Ireland 1850-1922 (in preparation and under contract with Routledge India, due 2021). Open access funded by Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Decade of Centenary strand.
2. Ciara Breathnach and Ian Walsh (eds.), Inquest Reports of Dr Joseph E. Kenny, Dublin City Coroner, 1900 (in preparation and under contract with Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin, due 2022).

She is author of The Congested Districts Board of Ireland, 1891-1923, poverty and development in the West of Ireland (Dublin, 2005) and editor/co-editor of seven conference proceedings.
Apart from chapters in edited volumes, she has published articles in Health and History, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Nursing History Review, Social History of Medicine, Gender & History, Urban History, Medical Humanities, Cultural and Social History, Medical History, Social History, Irish Historical Studies, Immigrants and Minorities, History of Family: an International Quarterly, the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Historical Research: the Bulletin of the Institute for Historical Research and New Hibernia Review.

She sits on the National Archives Advisory Council and the Irish Manuscripts Commission, she is a former member of the Board of the National Library of Ireland (2015-2020) and the Heritage Council (2012-2016). Breathnach has held several research awards as Principal or Co-Investigator and is currently an Irish Research Council Laureate Awards 2017/2018 recipient for a project entitled Death and Burial Data: Ireland 1864-1922 (2018-2022).


Research Interests

Dr Ciara Breathnach is Associate Professor in History at the University of Limerick. She has published widely on Irish socio-economic, gender, cultural and health history. Her current monograph Ordinary lives, death and social class: Dublin City Coroner's Court, 1876-1902 is under contract and forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

She has held the following Awards and Fellowships:
2019 Excellence in Teaching Award, Centre for Teaching and Learning, UL, Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences winner.
2019 Visiting Research Leaders Fellowship, University of Wollongong
2017 Visiting Fellowship, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
2016 CRF/RSE European Visiting Research Fellowships, Royal Society of Edinburgh, with Prof Oonagh Walsh at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK.
2013-2014 Foundation for Women in Medicine Fellow, Center for the History of Medicine, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
2013-2014 Faculty Fellow, Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Limerick.
2012-2013 Visiting Fellow, Institute of Historical Research, London.
2012 (September) Visiting Faculty, New York University.
2012-2013 Flaherty Visiting Fellow, University of Massachusetts, Boston.

She is a Research Associate at the Centre for Contemporary History, Trinity College Dublin (2012-), Member of the Association of Medical Humanities Council, External Examiner, Ulster University, BA & MRes progammes in History, Associate Editor of Medical Humanities (BMJ, 2016-2018). With Dr Laurence M. Geary she was co-Editor of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland series with Liverpool University Press (2015-2020).

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2014 - Harvard University, Foundation for Women in Medicine Fellow, Center for the History of Medicine,
  • 2013 - Flaherty Visiting Fellow
  • 2013 - IRC, Main Principal Investigator
  • 2012 - Visiting Faculty
  • 2012 - Visiting Fellow
  • 2010 - Principal Investigator
  • 2005 - Royal Irish Academy, British- Irish Exchange scheme
  • 2004 - Royal Irish Academy, British- Irish Exchange Scheme

Committee

  • 2012 Heritage Council of Ireland,
  • 2007 Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland,
  • 2005 Committee member of the National Library of Ireland on Genealogy and Heraldry.,

Association

  • 2010 President, Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland
  • 2007 Secretary, Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland

Education

  • 2003 UCC - PhD

Language

  • Gaeilge

Publications

Books

2005

The Congested Districts Board of Ireland, 1891-1923: poverty and development in the west,
Breathnach, C
(2005) The Congested Districts Board of Ireland, 1891-1923: poverty and development in the west,
Dublin : Four Courts Press Dublin

Book Chapters

2019

Towards Model Checking Product Lines in the Digital Humanities: An Application to Historical Data
Breathnach C.;Ibrahim N.;Clancy S.;Margaria T.
(2019) Towards Model Checking Product Lines in the Digital Humanities: An Application to Historical Data
In Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); New York : Springer pp. 338-364
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-30985-5_20

2017

Crime and Punishment: Whiteboyism and the Law in Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland
Ciara Breathnach and Laurence M. Geary
(2017) Crime and Punishment: Whiteboyism and the Law in Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland
In Crime in C19th Ireland ; Don McRaild and Kyle Hughes(Ed.) Liverpool : Liverpool University Press pp. 149-174
[ULIR]

2015

‘… it would be preposterous to bring a Protestant here': religion, provincial politics and district nurses in Ireland, 1890-1904',
Breathnach, Ciara
(2015) ‘… it would be preposterous to bring a Protestant here': religion, provincial politics and district nurses in Ireland, 1890-1904',
In Healthcare in Ireland and Britain 1850-1970: voluntary, regional and comparative perspective; London : Institute of Historical Research pp. 161-180
[ULIR]

2014

Medical Humanities: new frontier or back to the past?
Breathnach, C. and Walsh O.,
(2014) Medical Humanities: new frontier or back to the past?
In Restating the Value of the Humanities; Dublin : Humanities Serving Irish Society pp. 36-40
[ULIR]

2013

‘Obituaries in provincial Irish newspapers, 1830-1900'
Breathnach, C, Butler, D
(2013) ‘Obituaries in provincial Irish newspapers, 1830-1900'
In James Kelly and Marian Lyons (eds), Death and Dying in Ireland, Britain, and Europe: Historical Perspectives (Irish Academic Press, Dublin and Portland, 2013); Dublin : Irish Academic Press
[ULIR]

2012

‘The Congested Districts Board and Public Health'
Breathnach, Ciara
(2012) ‘The Congested Districts Board and Public Health'
In Gender and Medicine in Ireland, 1700-1951; New York : Syracuse University Press pp. 258-281

2012

Lady Dudley’s district nursing scheme and the congested districts board, 1903-1923
Breathnach C.
(2012) Lady Dudley’s district nursing scheme and the congested districts board, 1903-1923
In Gender and Medicine in Ireland 1700-1950; pp. 138-153
[ULIR]

2008

Recruiting Irish migrants for life in New Zealand, 1870-1875
Breathnach, C
(2008) Recruiting Irish migrants for life in New Zealand, 1870-1875
In Ireland, Australia and New Zealand: history, politics and culture; pp. 32-45

2007

introduction
Breathnach, C
(2007) introduction
In Framing the West, images of rural Ireland, 1891-1920; Irish Academic Press pp. xiii-xxi

2007

Smallholder housing and public Health, 1892-1915
Breathnach, C
(2007) Smallholder housing and public Health, 1892-1915
In Framing the West: images of rural Ireland 1891-1920; Dublin and Portland : Irish Academic Press pp. 179-196 Dublin and Portland

2006

Historical sources pertaining to Travellers, 1824-1925
Breathnach, C
(2006) Historical sources pertaining to Travellers, 1824-1925
In Portraying Irish Travellers, histories and representations; pp. 17-31

Edited Books

2012


(2012)
In Power, the State and Institutions in Ireland, Special Edition; Breathnach, Ciara; Chambers, Liam; McElligott, Anthony(Ed.) Dublin : Irish Historical Studies

2011


(2011)
In Power in history: from medieval Ireland to the post-modern world; Historical Studies XXVII; Breathnach, Ciara; Chambers Liam; McElligott, Anthony; Lawless, Catherine(Ed.) Dublin : Irish Academic Press

2010


(2010)
In Visual, material and print culture in nineteenth-century Ireland ; Breathnach, Ciara: Lawless, Catherine(Ed.) Dublin : Four Courts Press

2008


(2008)
In Ireland church, state and society 1900-1975; Ciara Breathnach(Ed.) : Elsevier

2007


(2007)
In Framing the West: images of rural Ireland 1891-1920; Ciara Breathnach(Ed.) Dublin and Portland : Irish Academic Press

2006


(2006)
In Portraying Irish Travellers, histories and representations,; Breathnach, Ciara and Bhreatnach, Aoife(Ed.) UK : Cambridge Scholars Press,

Peer Reviewed Journals

2020

Capital Punishment in Irish Prisons, 1868–1901
Ciara Breathnach
(2020) Capital Punishment in Irish Prisons, 1868–1901
In Health and History; Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine : pp. 104-125
DOI: DOI: 10.5401/healthhist.22.1.0104

2020

Census: on paper, by governments, is still best
Breathnach C.;Margaria T.
(2020) Census: on paper, by governments, is still best
In Nature; pp. -170
DOI: 10.1038/d41586-020-00004-9

2020

Rural youth, seasonal labor and family income: Ireland 1890-1935
Ciara Breathnach and Sarah-Anne Buckley
(2020) Rural youth, seasonal labor and family income: Ireland 1890-1935
In Journal of the history of Childhood and Youth; Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press pp. 103-121
DOI: 10.1353/hcy.2020.0028

2018

The Triumph of Proximity: The Impact of District Nursing Schemes in 1890s' Rural Ireland
Breathnach, C
(2018) The Triumph of Proximity: The Impact of District Nursing Schemes in 1890s' Rural Ireland
In Nursing History Review; pp. 68-82
DOI: 10.1891/1062-8061.26.68
[ULIR]

2018

Maternal Mortality, Dublin, 1864-1902
Breathnach, C,Gurrin, B
(2018) Maternal Mortality, Dublin, 1864-1902
In Social History Of Medicine; pp. 79-105
DOI: 10.1093/shm/hkx010

2018

Evolving as Necessity Dictates: Home and Public Health in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Apple, RD,Breathnach, C,Bryder, L,Greenlees, J
(2018) Evolving as Necessity Dictates: Home and Public Health in the 19th and 20th Centuries
In Nursing History Review; pp. 48-54
DOI: 10.1891/1062-8061.26.48

2017

Infant life protection and medico-legal literacy in early twentieth-century Dublin
Ciara Breathnach
(2017) Infant life protection and medico-legal literacy in early twentieth-century Dublin
In Womens History Review; pp. 1-18
DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2017.1307283

2017

Review of Lisa Marie Griffith and Ciarán Wallace (eds), Grave Matters: Death and Dying in Dublin 1500 to the Present
Ciara Breathnach
(2017) Review of Lisa Marie Griffith and Ciarán Wallace (eds), Grave Matters: Death and Dying in Dublin 1500 to the Present
In Social History Of Medicine; pp. 701-711
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hkx029

2017

A tale of two cities - infant mortality and cause of infant death, Dublin, 1864-1910
Breathnach, C,Gurrin, B
(2017) A tale of two cities - infant mortality and cause of infant death, Dublin, 1864-1910
In Urban History; pp. 647-677
DOI: 10.1017/S0963926816000717

2017

Maternal mortality, Dublin 1864-1905' Social History of Medicine
Ciara Breathnach and Brian Gurrin
(2017) Maternal mortality, Dublin 1864-1905' Social History of Medicine
In Social History Of Medicine; pp. 1-27
DOI: 10.1093/shm/hkx010

2017

Infant life Protection and Medico-Legal Literacy in Early Twentieth-century Dublin
Breathnach, C
(2017) Infant life Protection and Medico-Legal Literacy in Early Twentieth-century Dublin
In Womens History Review; pp. 781-798
DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2017.1307283

2016

Handywomen and Birthing in Rural Ireland, 1851–1955.
Breathnach, C
(2016) Handywomen and Birthing in Rural Ireland, 1851–1955.
In Gender & History; John Wiley & Sons Ltd pp. 34-56
DOI: 10.1111/1468-0424.12176

2016

Professional patienthood and mortality: Sean O Riordain's diaries 1974-1977
Breathnach, C
(2016) Professional patienthood and mortality: Sean O Riordain's diaries 1974-1977
In Medical Humanities; pp. 92-96
DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2015-010828

2016

Handywomen and Birthing in Rural Ireland, 1851-1955
Breathnach, C
(2016) Handywomen and Birthing in Rural Ireland, 1851-1955
In Gender And History; pp. 34-
DOI: 10.1111/1468-0424.12176

2016

Perspectives on patienthood, practitioners and pedagogy
Ciara Breathnach and Brendan Kelly
(2016) Perspectives on patienthood, practitioners and pedagogy
In Medical Humanities; pp. 73-75
DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-010980

2015

'INDELIBLE CHARACTERS' TATTOOS, POWER AND THE LATE NINETEENTH-CENTURY IRISH CONVICT BODY
Breathnach, C,Farrell, E
(2015) 'INDELIBLE CHARACTERS' TATTOOS, POWER AND THE LATE NINETEENTH-CENTURY IRISH CONVICT BODY
In Cultural & Social History; pp. 235-254
DOI: 10.2752/147800415X14224554625271

2014

Scripting blame: Irish coroners' courts and unnamed infant dead, 1916-32
Breathnach, C,O'Halpin, E
(2014) Scripting blame: Irish coroners' courts and unnamed infant dead, 1916-32
In Social History; pp. 210-228
DOI: 10.1080/03071022.2014.917877

2014

Review of, Sarah Anne Buckley, The Cruelty Man
Breathnach, Ciara
(2014) Review of, Sarah Anne Buckley, The Cruelty Man
In Irish Historical Studies;

2014

'Heavier the interval than the consummation': bronchial disease in Sean O Riordain's diaries
Breathnach, C
(2014) 'Heavier the interval than the consummation': bronchial disease in Sean O Riordain's diaries
In Medical Humanities; pp. 11-16
DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2013-010386

2014

Medical Officers, Bodies, Gender and Weight
Breathnach, Ciara
(2014) Medical Officers, Bodies, Gender and Weight
In Medical history; Cambridge University Press :
DOI: 10.1017/mdh.2013.72

2013

Irish Catholic identity in 1870s Dunedin, New Zealand
Breathnach C
(2013) Irish Catholic identity in 1870s Dunedin, New Zealand
In Immigrants and Minorities ; pp. 1-26
DOI: 10.1080/02619288.2012.747478

2013

Ciara Breathnach, Review of ‘She said she was in the family way': pregnancy and infancy in modern Ireland, Elaine Farrell (ed).
Breathnach, C
(2013) Ciara Breathnach, Review of ‘She said she was in the family way': pregnancy and infancy in modern Ireland, Elaine Farrell (ed).
In Irish Historical Studies ;

2012

Medicalizing the female reproductive cycle in rural Ireland, 1926-56
Breathnach, C
(2012) Medicalizing the female reproductive cycle in rural Ireland, 1926-56
In Historical Research; pp. 674-690
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2281.2011.00585.x

2012

Introduction: Power, the State and institutions in Ireland,
Breathnach, C, Chambers L. and McElligott, A
(2012) Introduction: Power, the State and institutions in Ireland,
In Irish Historical Studies; pp. 1-5

2012

Registered 'Unknown' infant fatalities in Ireland, 1916-32: gender and power
Breathnach, Ciara: O'Halpin Eunan
(2012) Registered 'Unknown' infant fatalities in Ireland, 1916-32: gender and power
In Irish Historical Studies; pp. 70-89

2011

Even 'Wilder Workhouse Girls': The Problem of Institutionalisation among Irish Immigrants to New Zealand 1874
Breathnach, C
(2011) Even 'Wilder Workhouse Girls': The Problem of Institutionalisation among Irish Immigrants to New Zealand 1874
In Journal Of Imperial And Commonwealth History; pp. 771-794
DOI: 10.1080/03086534.2011.629086

2009

An exploration of testamentary behaviour in twentieth-century Ireland
Breathnach, C
(2009) An exploration of testamentary behaviour in twentieth-century Ireland
In History Of The Family; pp. 309-322
DOI: 10.1016/j.hisfam.2009.08.001

2008

Introduction: Ireland church, state and society 1900-1975
Breathnach, C
(2008) Introduction: Ireland church, state and society 1900-1975
In History Of The Family; pp. 333-339
DOI: 10.1016/j.hisfam.2008.10.001

2004

The Role of Women in the Economy of the West of Ireland, 1891-1923
Breathnach, Ciara
(2004) The Role of Women in the Economy of the West of Ireland, 1891-1923
In New Hibernia Review;

Other Journals

2020

Capital Punishment in Irish Prisons, 1868–1901
Ciara Breathnach
(2020) Capital Punishment in Irish Prisons, 1868–1901
In Health and History; Journal of the Australian & New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine pp. 104-125
DOI: 10.5401/healthhist.22.1.0104

Conference Publications

2012

Irish Historical Studies
Breathnach C.;O'Halpin E.
(2012) Irish Historical Studies
In Irish Historical Studies; pp. 70-88
DOI: 10.1017/S0021121400000638

2012

Irish Historical Studies
Breathnach C.;Chambers L.;McElligott A.
(2012) Irish Historical Studies
In Irish Historical Studies; pp. 1-4
DOI: 10.1017/S0021121400000584

2007

Civic Cultures Workshop, Centre for Historical Research, UL
Breathnach, Ciara
(2007) Civic Cultures Workshop, Centre for Historical Research, UL

2007

Women¿s History and the Everyday. Annual Women¿s History Association of Ireland Conference
Breathnach, Ciara
(2007) Women¿s History and the Everyday. Annual Women¿s History Association of Ireland Conference

2007

Tone to Gonne: Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland
Breathnach, Ciara
(2007) Tone to Gonne: Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland

2007

War and Peace: North East Irish Conference Network conference
Breathnach, Ciara
(2007) War and Peace: North East Irish Conference Network conference

2006

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2006

Irish Economic and Social History Annual Conference
Breathnach, Ciara
(2006) Irish Economic and Social History Annual Conference
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2006

Taking History into the Future History Teacher's Association of Ireland
Breathnach, Ciara
(2006) Taking History into the Future History Teacher's Association of Ireland
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2006

From Voluntary organisation to NGO
Breathnach, Ciara
(2006) From Voluntary organisation to NGO
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2006

Empires of Religion Conference
Breathnach, Ciara
(2006) Empires of Religion Conference
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'Sisters are doing it for themselves¿: Women and Informal Port Economies
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(2005) 'Sisters are doing it for themselves¿: Women and Informal Port Economies
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2005

14th Irish-Australian Conference
Breathnach, Ciara
(2005) 14th Irish-Australian Conference
L. Geary and A McCarthy (eds)(Ed.) pp. *-*

2003

International Federation for research in Women's History
Breathnach, Ciara
(2003) International Federation for research in Women's History
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2003

Research Seminar in Contemporary Irish History
Breathnach, Ciara
(2003) Research Seminar in Contemporary Irish History
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Conference Contributions

2012

Deviance in Modern Ireland
Breathnach C
(2012) Deviance in Modern Ireland
UL

2012

Health and Welfare in the Archive
Breathnach C
(2012) Health and Welfare in the Archive
PRONI, Belfast

2012

Medical Identities: Patients and Professionals
Oonagh walsh, Ciara Breathnach and olwen Purdue
(2012) Medical Identities: Patients and Professionals
University College Cork

2012

Social History of Medicine conference
Breathnach C
(2012) Social History of Medicine conference
Queen Mary, London

2012

Sport and Leisure time,
Breathnach C.
(2012) Sport and Leisure time,
Mater Dei

2010

Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland, UCC
Breathnach, C
(2010) Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland, UCC
Cork

2010

17th Australasian Irish Studies Conference, QUB
Breathnach, C
(2010) 17th Australasian Irish Studies Conference, QUB
Belfast

2010

Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference, Durham
Breathnach C
(2010) Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference, Durham
Durham

2009

Power and History: 29th Irish Conference of Historians
Anthony McElligott, Liam Chambers, Ciara Breathnach and catherine Lawless
(2009) Power and History: 29th Irish Conference of Historians
Limerick

2008

Visual, material and print culture in nineteenth-century Ireland,
Breathnach C., Lawless C.
(2008) Visual, material and print culture in nineteenth-century Ireland,
UL

2007

Continuity and change: history of the European Family
Breathnach C.
(2007) Continuity and change: history of the European Family
UL

Other Publications

2017

A tale of two cities - Infant mortality and cause of infant death, Dublin, 1864-1910
Breathnach C.;Gurrin B.
(2017) A tale of two cities - Infant mortality and cause of infant death, Dublin, 1864-1910
In Journal Of Urban History; pp. 647-677
DOI: 10.1017/S0963926816000717

2017

Grave Matters: Death and Dying in Dublin 1500 to the Present
Breathnach, C
(2017) Grave Matters: Death and Dying in Dublin 1500 to the Present
In Social History Of Medicine; pp. 709-711
DOI: 10.1093/shm/hkx029

2016

Perspectives on patienthood, practitioners and pedagogy
Breathnach, C,Kelly, BD
(2016) Perspectives on patienthood, practitioners and pedagogy
In Medical Humanities; pp. 73-75
DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-010980

2014

The Dispossessed State: narratives of ownership in 19th-century Britain and Ireland
Breathnach, C
(2014) The Dispossessed State: narratives of ownership in 19th-century Britain and Ireland
In Womens History Review; pp. 137-138
DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2013.770342

2014

THE CRUELTY MAN: CHILD WELFARE, THE NSPCC AND THE STATE IN IRELAND, 1899-1956
Breathnach, C
(2014) THE CRUELTY MAN: CHILD WELFARE, THE NSPCC AND THE STATE IN IRELAND, 1899-1956
In Irish Historical Studies; pp. 354-355

2013

'SHE SAID SHE WAS IN THE FAMILY WAY': PREGNANCY AND INFANCY IN MODERN IRELAND
Breathnach, C
(2013) 'SHE SAID SHE WAS IN THE FAMILY WAY': PREGNANCY AND INFANCY IN MODERN IRELAND
In Irish Historical Studies; pp. 720-721

2012

Review of Asking Angela Mcnamara: an intimate history of Irish lives by Paul Ryan.
Breathnach, C
(2012) Review of Asking Angela Mcnamara: an intimate history of Irish lives by Paul Ryan.
In Journal of Gender Studies; pp. 339-341
DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2013.771510

2012

Introduction
Breathnach, C,Chambers, L,McElligott, A
(2012) Introduction
In Irish Historical Studies; pp. 1-4

2012

Medicalizing the female reproductive cycle in rural Ireland, 1926-56
Breathnach C.
(2012) Medicalizing the female reproductive cycle in rural Ireland, 1926-56
In Historical Research; pp. 674-690
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2281.2011.00585.x

2008

Introduction: Ireland church, state and society 1900-1975
Breathnach C.
(2008) Introduction: Ireland church, state and society 1900-1975
In History Of The Family; pp. 333-339
DOI: 10.1016/j.hisfam.2008.10.001