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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

Book

Book Chapter

2019

Towards Model Checking Product Lines in the Digital Humanities: An Application to Historical Data
Breathnach C.;Ibrahim N.;Clancy S.;Margaria T.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) 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
Crime in C19th Ireland

2015

‘… it would be preposterous to bring a Protestant here': religion, provincial politics and district nurses in Ireland, 1890-1904',
Breathnach, Ciara
Healthcare in Ireland and Britain 1850-1970: voluntary, regional and comparative perspective

2014

Medical Humanities: new frontier or back to the past?
Breathnach, C. and Walsh O.,
Restating the Value of the Humanities

2013

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

2012

Lady Dudley’s district nursing scheme and the congested districts board, 1903-1923
Breathnach C.
Gender and Medicine in Ireland 1700-1950

2012

‘The Congested Districts Board and Public Health'
Breathnach, Ciara
Gender and Medicine in Ireland, 1700-1951

2008

Recruiting Irish migrants for life in New Zealand, 1870-1875
Breathnach, C
Ireland, Australia and New Zealand: history, politics and culture

2007

introduction
Breathnach, C
Framing the West, images of rural Ireland, 1891-1920

2007

Smallholder housing and public Health, 1892-1915
Breathnach, C
Framing the West: images of rural Ireland 1891-1920

2006

Historical sources pertaining to Travellers, 1824-1925
Breathnach, C
Portraying Irish Travellers, histories and representations

Conference Contribution

2012
2012

Medical Identities: Patients and Professionals
Oonagh walsh, Ciara Breathnach and olwen Purdue

2012
2009

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

Conference Publication

2012

Irish Historical Studies
Breathnach C.;Chambers L.;McElligott A.
Irish Historical Studies DOI: 10.1017/S0021121400000584

2012

Irish Historical Studies
Breathnach C.;O'Halpin E.
Irish Historical Studies DOI: 10.1017/S0021121400000638

2006
2006

Empires of Religion Conference
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2006

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Edited Book

2012


Power, the State and Institutions in Ireland, Special Edition

2011


Power in history: from medieval Ireland to the post-modern world; Historical Studies XXVII

2010


Visual, material and print culture in nineteenth-century Ireland

2008


Ireland church, state and society 1900-1975

2007


Framing the West: images of rural Ireland 1891-1920

2006


Portraying Irish Travellers, histories and representations,

Other Journal

Other Publication

2017
2016
2012

Introduction
Breathnach, C,Chambers, L,McElligott, A
Irish Historical Studies

Peer Reviewed Journal

2020

Rural youth, seasonal labor and family income: Ireland 1890-1935
Ciara Breathnach and Sarah-Anne Buckley
Journal of the history of Childhood and Youth DOI: 10.1353/hcy.2020.0028

2018

Maternal Mortality, Dublin, 1864-1902
Breathnach, C,Gurrin, B
Social History Of Medicine 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
Nursing History Review DOI: 10.1891/1062-8061.26.48

2017

Maternal mortality, Dublin 1864-1905' Social History of Medicine
Ciara Breathnach and Brian Gurrin
Social History Of Medicine DOI: 10.1093/shm/hkx010

2016

Perspectives on patienthood, practitioners and pedagogy
Ciara Breathnach and Brendan Kelly
Medical Humanities DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-010980

2014

Review of, Sarah Anne Buckley, The Cruelty Man
Breathnach, Ciara
Irish Historical Studies

2014

Medical Officers, Bodies, Gender and Weight
Breathnach, Ciara
Medical history DOI: 10.1017/mdh.2013.72

2012

Registered 'Unknown' infant fatalities in Ireland, 1916-32: gender and power
Breathnach, Ciara: O'Halpin Eunan
Irish Historical Studies

2012

Introduction: Power, the State and institutions in Ireland,
Breathnach, C, Chambers L. and McElligott, A
Irish Historical Studies

2004