NUI Galway Book Launch and Public Lecture on Women in Ireland

Dr Caitriona Clear
May 04 2016 Posted: 09:26 IST

Gender ARC and the Centre for Global Women’s Studies at NUI Galway will host a book launch and public lecture on Thursday, 5 May. NUI Galway’s Dr Caitriona Clear will launch her upcoming book Women’s Voices in Ireland: women’s magazines in the 1950s and 60s.

Irish poet and playwright Mary Coll will introduce Dr Clear’s lecture, ‘What we preserve from the past and what we ignore: some new perspectives on women in Ireland in the 1950s and 60s’. The lecture will focus on Dr Clear’s work which involves reflecting and making realisations about the state of Irish women’s history. 

Caitriona Clear is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish and European History at NUI Galway. Women’s Voices in Ireland: women’s magazines in the 1950s and 60s, is her fourth book, following Social Change and Everyday Life in Ireland 1850-1922, Women of the House: women’s household work in Ireland 1926-1961 and Nuns in Nineteenth-century Ireland. She has also published research on homelessness in post-Famine Ireland, Irish women during the First World War, twentieth-century Irish women writers, and clothes and fashion in Ireland. She is a contributor to the forthcoming Cambridge History of Ireland edited by Thomas Bartlett.

Mary Coll is a Limerick poet, playwright and broadcaster. Publications include All Things Considered and numerous contributions to RTÉ Radio One and RTÉ Lyric FM. She has had stage productions of Excess Baggage and Anything But Love, radio plays commissioned by RTÉ Drama On One, lyrics for the Choral Work ‘Spirestone’ and two art song cycles in association with the composer Fiona Linnane. She also has a new play Diamond Rocks: Sunset, commissioned by The Lime Tree Theatre in Limerick and a second collection of poems entitled Silver due for publication this year.

Gender ARC (Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society) is a research network linking more than fifty academics at NUI Galway and the University of Limerick who are engaged in gender-focused research across diverse disciplines. The network hosts a variety of seminars and public lectures throughout the year.

The event takes place at 5pm in room RG011 in the Hardiman Research Building. All are welcome to this free event light refreshments will be provided.

To learn more about this event and future Gender ARC events, please contact Gender ARC Co-Convenor and Director of the Centre for Global Women’s Studies Dr Niamh Reilly at


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