Researchers at UCD


Carole Holohan

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of History & Archives
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168567


I am an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of History Archives. I work on social history with a particular focus on the Sixties. My current research project is entitled 'The rediscovery of poverty in the Republic of Ireland, 1963-73'. This research focuses on how the 'rediscovery' of poverty in Ireland was influenced by an increase in the overall standard of living, a new climate of sociological inquiry, a Catholic social action movement inspired by the Second Vatican Council and political activism shaped by the ideas of the New Left.  I will assess how attitudes to and perceptions of poverty shaped political, non-political and public responses, providing insights into the position and treatment of marginalised groups in Irish society as well as the socio-cultural anxieties that emerged as a result of increased modernisation in this period.

This project builds on themes identified in my doctoral research which focused on the changing position of young people in Irish society during the period 1956-73. My forthcoming monograph, Irish Youth in the Sixties, will be published by Liverpool University Press in 2014. It analyses the working, educational, and social lives of Irish youths. It also considers adult responses to youth issues, in order to examine the dual role played by this social category during a period of accelerated modernisation.

I have previously worked as an adjunct lecturer in the School of History and Archives and in UCD Adult Education Centre, as a project leader in Amnesty International Ireland, and as a researcher with the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive.  





Association: Transnational Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Association of Professional Historians, Function/Role: Hon. Gen. Secretary

Conference Contributions

Carole Holohan (2013) ¿A ¿rediscovery of poverty¿: Dublin in the 1960s¿. [Oral Presentation], Economic and Social History Society of Ireland Annual Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway , 24-NOV-13 - 25-NOV-13.
Carole Holohan (2013) Negotiating structural change: Irish youth in the sixties. [Invited Oral Presentation], Youth Culture in Context, National University of Ireland, Galway , 08-NOV-13 - 08-NOV-13.
Carole Holohan (2013) Ireland in the 1960s: Transnational Perspectives¿. [Invited Oral Presentation], Transnational Ireland, Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin , 26-APR-13 - 26-APR-13.
Carole Holohan (2012) Dancehalls, beat clubs and fleadh cheoils: The challenges of new social networks. [Oral Presentation], The Economic and Social History Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Queen's University Belfast , 09-NOV-12 - 10-NOV-12.
Carole Holohan (2012) Exploring the role of State and Society in the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Social Workers, Dublin , 12-JAN-12 - 12-JAN-12.
Carole Holohan (2011) In Plain Sight: Addressing accountability and identity in the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports. [Plenary Lecture], Biennial Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference, University College Cork , 28-OCT-11 - 28-OCT-11.
Carole Holohan (2010) Opportunities and Aspirations: Irish youth in the Sixties. [Oral Presentation], Ireland since 1966: New Perspectives, Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin , 11-NOV-10 - 11-NOV-10.
Carole Holohan (2010) It¿s better to build a youth than mend a man¿: youth clubs and ¿delinquents¿, 1956-74. [Oral Presentation], Adolescence in Modern Irish History, Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin , 30-JAN-10 - 30-JAN-10.
Carole Holohan (2009) The Introduction of the Teenager, 1956-1974. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Studies Seminar Series, Mater Dei Institute of Education, Mater Dei Institute of Education , 23-NOV-09 - 23-NOV-09.
Carole Holohan (2009) ¿Teens n¿ Twenties¿: Youth Subculture in 1960s Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Second Galway Conference of Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway , 12-JUN-09 - 12-JUN-09.
Carole Holohan (2008) Generations in History. [Oral Presentation], Research Forum, School of History and Archives, University College Dublin, University College Dublin , 07-MAR-08 - 07-MAR-08.
Carole Holohan (2007) John Charles McQuaid and the failure of youth sodalities 1956-61. [Oral Presentation], Honouring God and Community: Confraternities and Sodalities in Modern Ireland, National University of Ireland, Maynooth , 07-SEP-07 - 08-NOV-07.
Carole Holohan (2007) ¿The parish is singularly free of the teddy boy craze¿: The Catholic Church and Teenagers. [Oral Presentation], Institute of Irish Studies Seminar Series, Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast , 27-JAN-07 - 27-FEB-07.
Carole Holohan (2006) More than a revival of memories? The legacy for youth of a heroic generation. [Oral Presentation], History and the Public, Institute of Historical Research Winter Conference, University of London , 13-FEB-06 - 14-FEB-06.

Outreach Activities

Public speaking: 'Irish social policy and society before accession' at 40 years of Ireland and Social Europe, Looking back and looking forward, 15 November 2013, European Parliament Office Dublin.

Panel Discussion: History Ireland Hedge School, '50 years on: JFK, Ireland & the world', National Library of Ireland, 22 Oct. 2013 

Panel Discussion:'JFK in Ireland: Style or Substance?', History Ireland Hedge School, The Electric Picnic, Stradbally, 1 Sept. 2013

Panel Discussion: The History Festival of Ireland, History Ireland Hedge School, 'The 1960s. Did Ireland swing or snooze?', Duckett's Grove, Carlow, 16 June  2013

Panel Discussion: The History Show, Radió Telefís Éireann, 'Ireland in the Sixties', May 2012

 Public Speaking: 'In Plain Sight: Addressing accountability and identity in the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports' at Biennial Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference, University College Cork, 28 Oct. 2011

Public Speaking: 'Exploring the role of State and Society in the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports' at Irish Association of Social Workers, Pearse St., Dublin 2, 20 Jan. 2012 




Carole Holohan (2014) Teens and twenties: reframing Irish youth in the sixties. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Carole Holohan (2007) 'More than a revival of memories? 1960s Youth and the 1916 Rising' In: Mary E Daly, Margaret O'Callaghan (eds). 1916 in 1966: Commemorating the Easter Rising. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. [Details]
Carole Holohan (2012) 'John Charles McQuaid and the failure of youth sodalities, 1956-60' In: Colm Lennon (eds). Confraternties and sodalities in Ireland: charity, devotion and sociability. Dublin: Columba Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Carole Holohan (2013) 'Challenges to social order and Irish identity? Youth culture in the sixties'. Irish Historical Studies, XXXVIII (no. 151):389-405. Link to full text [Details]

Other Journals

Higgins, R., Holohan, C. & O'Donnell, C.; (2006) '1966 and all that: the fiftieth anniversary commemoration' History Ireland . [Details]
Carole Holohan (2008) 'From the Archives, 1977' History Ireland . [Details]

Published Reports

Carole Holohan et al (2011) In Plain Sight: Responding to the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports. Amnesty International Ireland, Dublin. [Details]


Research Interests

My general research area is the social history of nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland.

I'm particularly interested in the social history of the sixties and the way in which experiences of and responses to social issues in Ireland both mirror and are different from those in other jurisdictions. I have carried out primary research on the history of youth and of poverty.

I am a member of Transnational Ireland, an international research network focused on developing transnational aspects of Irish history


Teaching Philosophy

I place an emphasis on research skills with a focus on diverse source material. I view teaching as an opportunity to demonstrate the value of the Humanities and, when teaching contemporary history, to identify the way in which history can contextualise and inform current policy debates.

Modules Coordinated

201300   HIS31440     History: Ireland in the Sixties


Internal Collaborators

Both Prof Mary E. Daly and Dr Lindsey Earner-Byrne act as my mentors.