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University of Limerick
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Modern Ireland, social history, gender, medicalization, death, migration
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About Me

Senior Lecturer in history at the University of Limerick. As well as a research monograph, I have published widely on Irish gender, socio-economic and health history.

I have served as editor/co-editor of seven conference proceedings, three of which were special editions of high-ranking journals (History of Family: an International Quarterly, 2008, Irish Historical Studies, 2012, and Medical Humanities, 2016).

I am an Irish Research Council Laureate Consolidator Awardee and will shortly commence a project on Death and Burial Data: Ireland 1864-1922.

Recent Publications

Ciara Breathnach, ‘The Triumph of Proximity: The Impact of District Nursing Schemes in 1890s’ Rural Ireland’, Nursing History Review 26 (2018): 68–82.

Ciara Breathnach and Brian Gurrin,Maternal mortality, Dublin 1864-1905’, Social History of Medicine Social History of Medicine, Volume 31, Issue 1 (2018):79–105

Ciara Breathnach, Infant life protection and medico-legal literacy in early twentieth-century Dublin’, Women’s History Review, 26:6 (2017): 781-798

Ciara Breathnach and Brian Gurrin, ‘A tale of two cities – infant mortality and cause of infant death, Dublin, 1864–1910’, Urban History, 44:4 (2016): 647-677 doi:10.1017/S0963926816000717

Ciara Breathnach, ‘Handywomen and Birthing in Rural Ireland, 1851–1955’, Gender and History, 28:1 (2016): 36-56 DOI: 10.1111/1468-0424.12176

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Medicine, Migration & Immigration, Sexuality, Urban History, Women