Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley

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Sarah-Anne Buckley is lecturer in history at the National University of Ireland Galway. Her research centres on the history of childhood and youth, gender and women in Ireland. Author of The Cruelty Man: Child Welfare, the NSPCC and the State in Ireland, 1889-1956 (MUP, 2013) and co-editor of Engendering Ireland: New Reflections on Modern History and Literature (2015), she has numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters. In 2016, she was co-editor of a special edition of the Journal of Childhood and Youth and she is currently the co-editor of Soathar: the Journal of the Irish Labour History Society. She is a recent RIA Charlemont Scholar (2015), chair of the Irish History Students Association, co-director of the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour & Class (NUIG) and past Treasurer of the Women’s History Association of Ireland. She is also a member of the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences.


Dr Maeve O’Riordan

Maeve O Riordan, University College Cork.

Maeve O’Riordan is lecturer in Women’s and Cultural History at University College Cork. She specialises in the history of elite women with interests including marriage, family and fashion history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her publications include Women of the Country House in Ireland, 1860-1914 (Liverpool, 2018) and Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain (ed. with T. Dooley and C. Ridgway, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2018). Maeve held an Irish Research Council (IRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates in Maynooth University in 2014-16, and completed her IRC funded PhD at University College Cork in 2014.  As a secondary research interest, Maeve contributed to the HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (2016) which was chaired by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and the Report of the Working Group on Student Engagement in Irish Higher Education (2016) chaired by Prof. Tom Collins.

Email: maeve.oriordan@ucc.ie

International Secretary:  

Dr Laura Kelly


Laura Kelly is a Lecturer in the History of Health and Medicine at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She completed her PhD at the Department of History, NUI Galway on Irish women in medicine, c.1880s-1920s in 2010. In 2011-2012, she was lecturer in History at the Department of History, NUI Galway and from 2012-14 she was an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, UCD. Her first book, Irish women in medicine, c.1880s-1920s: origins, education and careers was published by Manchester University Press in February, 2013 and her second book, Irish medical education and student culture, c.1850-1950 will be published by Liverpool University Press in 2017. Laura’s current research project, funded by a Wellcome Trust research fellowship, examines the history  of contraception in Ireland, c.1922-92.

Email: l.e.kelly@strath.ac.uk


Mary Hatfield

Dr. Mary Hatfield is currently an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for the History of Medicine, University College Dublin. She received her PhD from Trinity College Dublin and was formerly the Government of Ireland Senior Scholar at Hertford College, University of Oxford. Her current project explores the origins of paediatrics and medical care for children in the nineteenth century; especially themes around the professionalisation and medicalisation of childhood.
Her research focuses on Irish childhood and gender in nineteenth-century Ireland, particularly bourgeois childhood and aspects of children’s education, recreation, and material cultures. Her monograph ‘Growing up in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: a Cultural History of Middle-Class Childhood and Gender‘ is forthcoming in October 2019 with Oxford University Press. She has also published an edited collection, Historical perspectives of parenthood and childhood in Ireland (Arlen Press, 2018), and various journal articles on Catholic female education, children’s fashions, boyhood masculinity, Dublin boarding schools, and photographic depictions of Irish childhood.


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Web Officer:

Dr Cara Delay

Cara Delay

Cara Delay holds degrees from Boston College and Brandeis University. Her research analyzes women, gender, and culture in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland, with a particular focus on the history of reproduction, pregnancy, and childbirth. She has published in The Journal of British Studies, Women’s History Review, Journal of Women’s History, Feminist StudiesNew Hibernia Review, and Éire-Ireland and writes blogs for Nursing Clio. Her monograph Irish Women and the Creation of Modern Catholicism was published by Manchester University Press in 2019. At the College of Charleston, she teaches courses on the history of birth and bodies.

Email: delayc@cofc.edu

Membership Secretary:

Dr. Fionnuala Walsh

Fionnuala Walsh

Fionnuala Walsh

Fionnuala Walsh is a lecturer in modern Irish history in the School of History at University College Dublin. She completed her Irish Research Council funded PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 2016, on the experience of Irish women during the First World War. She subsequently held the National Library of Ireland Research Studentship (2015-2016) before returning to Trinity College to take up an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship. She moved to UCD in 2017. While completing her monograph, Fionnuala has published various articles and chapters relating to women and World War I. She was also involved in many public outreach events relating to the centenary of the Great War. Her research interests include British and Irish social history, gender history and First World War studies.

Email: Walshf9@tcd.ie

Postgraduate representative:

Kristina Decker


Kristina Decker

Kristina Decker holds a BA in History and English from University College Cork and a MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies from King’s College London. Her MA thesis, entitled “Ladies and Lapdogs: Gendered Representations of Women and Dogs in the Long Eighteenth Century”, took an interdisciplinary approach and investigated literary and visual representations of women and dogs and placed them within a historical context using diaries and letters. She is currently undertaking a PhD in History at University College Cork, where she is also a Tutor in the School of History. Her PhD focuses on Mary Delany and the female experience in eighteenth-century Ireland, particularly the elements of sociability, the home, and material culture. Her research interests include women’s history and the social and cultural history of the long eighteenth century. Follow Kristina on Twitter @Kristina_Decker

                                                  Email: k.decker@umail.ucc.ie

Postgraduate representative:

Elaine Sugrue


Elaine Sugrue is completing doctoral thesis at University College Cork on the history of female participation and activism in trade unions in early to mid-twentieth century Ireland. She holds a BA in History and English and an MRes in History from UCC. She has worked as an undergraduate tutor for the UCC School of History and is active in a number of historical associations. In addition to her role as a Postgraduate Representative for the Women’s History Association of Ireland, she is currently Chairperson on the UCC History Postgraduate Association. She is also a member of the Irish Labour History Society. Her research interests include women’s, gender, labour and radical history.

Email: e.m.sugrue@umail.ucc.ie


Book Reviews Editor: 

Dr Leanne McCormick

Dr Leanne McCormick

Dr Leanne McCormick

Dr Leanne McCormick is Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland at Ulster University and Lecturer in Modern Irish Social History.  Leanne’s research interests include women’s history, history of sexuality and history of medicine in Ireland/Northern Ireland and she has published a number of articles and chapters in these areas. Her monograph Regulating Sexuality: Women in Twentieth Century Northern Ireland, was published by MUP in 2009. Her recent projects have included a study of abortion in twentieth century Northern Ireland and a British Academy funded project on Irish women and charity in late C19th and early C20th New York.  She is presently working with Elaine Farrell on an AHRC funded project, ‘Bad Bridget: Criminal and Deviant Irish Women in North America, 1838-1918’.

Email: lv.mccormick@ulster.ac.uk

Executive Committee Member:

Mary McAuliffe


Mary McAuliffe is Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Gender Studies at UCD, specialising in Irish women’s / gender history. She completed her BA (Hons) and PhD at the School of History and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin (TCD). She is the co-author on ‘We were There; 77 Women of the Easter Rising’ (Four Courts, 2016) and co-editor of ‘Kerry 1916; Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising’ (IHP, 2016) and has also aspects of Irish women’s history, on gender and war, memory and history, oral history, social and political history, public history. Other publications include ‘Surgeons and Insurgents; RCSI and 1916’, and ‘Irish Homes and Irish Hearts’ (Fanny Taylor, 1867) -edited and introduced (UCD Press Classic series, 2013). She co-edited the ‘Palgrave Advances in Irish History’ (2010) and she published a biography on ‘Senator Kathleen Browne 1876-1943’ (2009). ‘Richmond Barracks 1916: We were There, 77 Women of the Easter Rising’ was chosen by Dublin Public Libraries as its book of the 2016 commemoration of the 1916 Rising. She is currently working on a biography of Margaret Skinnider, 1916 rebel, Cumann na mBan member, trade union and women’s rights activist, to be published by UCD Press in 2018/19. Her ongoing project is on gendered and sexual violence during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, and that will be published in 2020. Mary has been involved in a number of public history projects including the 1916 exhibitions and commemorative quilt project at Richmond Barracks and 1916 centenary exhibition at the Royal College of Surgeons. She coordinated the 2014 commemoration conference of the centenary of the founding of Cumann na mBan (1914) in association with the Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the WHAI. She was a member of the National Museum of Ireland Decade of Centenaries Commemoration Advisory Committee. She continues her work with the Richmond Barracks heritage project, working on 2018 commemorative projects on the gaining of the female franchise in Ireland #Votail100 She was President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland (2011-2014) and I continue on as a committee member of the WHAI (https://womenshistoryassociation.com/ ). She was a member of the National Archives of Ireland Advisory Council (NAAC) (2012-17). She is a committee member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians (www.iaph.ie). She is on the advisory board of http://www.herstory.ie As well as publications she contributes to history documentaries, radio, tv, news media and have an active online presence at @MaryMcAuliffe4 and @Womenof1916 as well as contributing to @Kerry1916book I am currently developing ideas for a blog concentrating on various aspects of Irish women and history. Mary is module leader on SSJ20110 Gender, Power and Politics, WS40330 Gender, War and Violence and co-teaches on SSJ10070 Exploring Gender and SSJ40010 Feminist and Egalitarian Research. She would welcome proposals from potential postgraduate students on topics including; Irish gender/women’s history, memory studies, social and political history, war and revolution, feminist activism and politics. Professional work: Historical/ Heritage Research. Documentary (Film, TV, Radio) Research.

email: mary.mcaulif@ucd.ie


Executive Committee Member:

Bronagh McShane

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Dr Bronagh McShane

Dr Bronagh Ann McShane is a social historian specialising in the history of women, religion and confessionalisation in early modern Ireland and Europe. She completed her PhD (Irish Research Council-funded) at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2015. She has published articles on aspects of her research in leading peer-reviewed journals in the fields of religious and digital history, including British Catholic History, Archivium Hibernicum and the Journal of Historical Network Research. Between 2016 and 2018 Bronagh was employed as a postdoctoral researcher on the European Research Council-funded project ‘RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700’, directed by Professor Marie-Louise Coolahan at the National University of Ireland, Galway. From 2018-2019, Bronagh is conducting a study of early modern Irish women religious, funded by the National University of Ireland.



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