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UCD Irish Centre for Nursing and Midwifery History

Ionad na hÉireann um Stair Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais UCD

About Us

The Irish Centre for Nursing & Midwifery History is an academic centre of University College Dublin. The Centre was established in early 2009 with a research grant from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Based at the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems and aligned with the Centre for Medical History in Ireland (CHOMI), the Centre is a locus for research and education in nursing and midwifery history in Ireland.

ICNMH Annual Report 2009 

ICNMH Annual Report 2010 

Centre's aims and objectives

  • facilitate and promote historical research and scholarship in nursing, midwifery and healthcare

  • develop and maintain a resource for historical research through the collection and preservation of historical materials

  • develop the capacity for and improve the quality of historical research and scholarship in nursing, midwifery and related health care

  • develop and disseminate new knowledge of nursing, midwifery and healthcare history through publications, curriculum innovations, and through inter-disciplinary collaboration

The Centre Director is Professor Gerard Fealy and the Principal Associate Investigator is Dr Martin McNamara. The Centre's Research Assistant is Ms.Ruth Geraghty. Ms.Carol McCubbin, University of Kingston, UK, is a special advisor on oral history. Associated staff of the Centre are Dr Catherine Cox, Director, UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, Dr Judith Harford, UCD School of Education and Professor Pearl Treacy, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems.

In addition, a three-member International Advisory Group (IAG) advises on international dimensions of the Centre's aims and activities. The members of the IAG are Professor Julie Fairman, Director, Barbara Bates Center for Nursing History University of Pennsylvania, Professor Tom O'Donoghue, Professor of Education University of Western Australia and Dr Christine Hallett, Reader in History and Director UK Centre for the History of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Manchester.

Graduate Training

The Centre provides opportunities for graduate research training to Master's and PhD level into aspects of nursing and midwifery history and welcomes inquiries from those interested in pursuing graduate research in association with the Centre. For further details, please contact us by telephone at: 353 (0)1 716 6466

Or please contact us by email as follows:


Professor Gerard Fealy: gerard.fealy@ucd.ie
Dr Martin McNamara:     martin.mcnamara@ucd.ie
Ms Ruth Geraghty:        ruth.geraghty@ucd.ie