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Last Name
University College Cork
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Women's History, Gender, Social History, Fashion, 19th Century, 20th Century, Genty, Aristocracy, Country House, Marriage, Family, Single Women, Gender Equality, Higher Education.
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About Me

I am lecturer in Women’s and Cultural History at University College Cork and specialise in nineteenth and twentieth century history. My recent bookWomen of the Country House in Ireland1860-1914 examines the lived experiences of elite women in Ireland during this period of change.

I am book reviews editor of the Women’s History Association of Ireland.

Recent Publications

Women of the Irish Country House, 1860–1914 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2018).

Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain, with T. Dooley and C. Ridgway (eds) (Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2018).

Book Chapter

‘A peer’s daughter marries a Catholic doctor: the Hon. Beryl O’Brien and Pat Gallagher, 9th April 1929’, in S. Ryan (ed.), Marriage and the Irish (forthcoming, 2018).



Journal Articles

‘Placing students at the heart of institutional decision-making’ Journal of the Higher Education Area, invited submission (August 2016).

‘“How to help”? The war effort of married women of the Irish landed class’ in Special issue on Ireland and the First World War, The Women’s History Review (2016).

Book Chapters

‘Childhood in the Big House, 1860-1914’, in R. Ni Congail et al, Childhood in Ireland: Historical Perspectives (Dublin, 2017).

‘The purpose of leisure: entertaining in the Big House, c.1860-1914’ in William Murphy and Leeanne Lane, Leisure in nineteenth-century Ireland (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016).

‘Attraction and marriage among the Irish social elite in the early twentieth century’, in Jennifer Redmond et al, Gender and Sexual Politics/ the Politics of Sexuality in Ireland (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2015).

‘Assuming control: Elite women as household managers in late nineteenth-century Ireland’ in Ciaran O’Neill (ed.), Irish elites in the nineteenth century (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013).

Official Publications

Máire Geoghegan Quinn, et al., Report of the Expert Group: HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (2016)

Tom Collins, et al., Enhancing Student Engagement in Decision-Making: Report of the Working Group in Student Engagement (2016)



Exhibition: Lives less ordinary: the women of Airfield multimedia exhibition to the value of €8,000 May – September 2015, Maynooth University, Airfield House and Castletown House.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Ireland, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Family, Gender, Material Culture, Sexuality, Women