It seems that Ireland is lagging behind other nations in gender balance in promoting and exhibiting its history. This article seeks to interrogate current representations of women within what can be called “public history” in Ireland. It will also contextualize the integration of women as both creators and subjects of history over recent years. It will point to inadequacies, of course, but also examples of great practice that bodes well for the future.
Public History, Invisibility, and Women in the Republic of Ireland
Maeve Casserly is a PhD candidate in the School of History, University College Dublin. Her research focuses on the centenary commemorations of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme in the republic and Northern Ireland. She is an education assistant in the National Library of Ireland Outreach Department. She has written and presented widely on her PhD research as well as on her work as a public history practitioner in the National Library of Ireland’s contribution to the Irish Decade of Centenaries.
Ciaran O’Neill is co-director of the M.Phil. in the Public History and Cultural History program at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He has published widely on Irish and British history and literature, as well as public history. Recent publications include Catholics of Consequence: Transnational Education, Social Mobility, and the Irish Catholic Elite 1850–1900 (Oxford University Press, 2014), and in 2016 he guest edited a special issue of Eire-Ireland with Enda Delaney for the Transnational Ireland Network.
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Maeve Casserly, Ciaran O’Neill; Public History, Invisibility, and Women in the Republic of Ireland. The Public Historian 1 May 2017; 39 (2): 10–30. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2017.39.2.10
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