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The ConventCollections research team continues to develop a range of research outputs including stand alone book publications, contributions to edited works, and peer reviewed journal articles. Much of our research is carried out at national and international congregational archives. We are committed to sharing our research and the data collection process through our text publications and also our digitial and online platforms. Some of our recent outputs are captured below:

ConventCollections Publications


(2022; forthcoming) Deirdre Raftery, Teresa Ball and Loreto Education: Convents and the Colonial World, 1794-1875 (Dublin: Four Courts Press).

(2020) Deirdre Raftery and Catherine KilBride, The Benedictine Nuns and Kyelmore Abbey (Dubln: Irish Academic Press).

(2019) Deirdre Raftery, Catriona Delaney and Catherine Nowlan Roebuck, Nano Nagle: the Life and the Legacy (Dublin: Irish Academic Press).

(2016) Deirdre Raftery and Elizabeth Smyth (eds.,) Education, Identity and Women Religious, 1800-1950: Convents, Classrooms and Colleges (USA and UK: Routledge).

(2009) Deirdre Raftery and C KilBride, Infant Jesus Sisters Ireland, 1909-2009: The Voyage Out. (Dublin: Infant Jesus Sisters Centenary Committee/Origin).

Chapters in Edited Volumes

(2021) Deirdre Raftery and Deirdre Bennett. 'Female enterprise, architectural ambition, and the construction of convents' in T. Allender, S. Spencer (eds.), ‘Femininity’ and the History of Women’s Education (Palgrave Macmillan: Cham).  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54233-7_8

(2018) Catherine Nowlan-Roebuck and Deirdre Raftery, ‘Portrait of a Foundress: Nano Nagle and Catholic Education in Ireland’ in B. Flanagan, M.T. O'Brien and A.M. O'Leary (eds), Nano Nagle and An Evolving Charism (Veritas: Cork).

(2016) Catherien Nowlan-Roebuck, ‘Sisters as teachers in nineteenth-century Ireland: the Presentation Order’, in D. Raftery and E. Smyth (eds), Education, Identity and Women Religious, 1800-1950 (Routledge: Oxon).

(2015) Deirdre Raftery, 'Teaching Sisters and transnational networks: recruitment and education expansion in the long nineteenth century', in Deirdre Raftery and Marie Clarke, (eds.,) Transnationalism, Gender and the History of Education (USA and UK: Routledge) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0046760X.2015.1052023

(2014) Catherine Nowlan-Roebuck, ‘The Presentation Order and National Education in Nineteenth-Century Ireland’ in D. Raftery and K. Fisher (eds), Educating Ireland Schooling and Social Change, 1700-2000 (Irish Academic Press: Kildare).

(2012) Deirdre Raftery and Martina Relihan 'Faith and the Nation' in Mass Education and the Limits of State Building, 1870-1930 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).

Journal Articles

(2022; forthcoming) Deirdre Raftery and Catriona Delaney. 'Irish nuns in the anglophone world, 1800-1900'. Feminist Theology. 

(2021) Ellen Regan and Deirdre Raftery. 'Out of Africa: oral histories of overseas volunteering in education, c. 1950-2010'. History of Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/0046760X.2021.1884754

(2020) Catriona Delaney and Deirdre Raftery. 'Becoming "everything rolled into one": understanding how sister-teachers experienced the immediate impact of the free education scheme, c. 1958-1968, an oral history approach'. Journal of Educational Administration and History. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220620.2020.1854204

(2020) Deirdre Raftery. Convents as transnational education spaces in the long nineteenth century. Espacio, Tiempo y Education, 7(2).http://dx.doi.org/10.14516/ete.306

(2019) Deirdre Raftery and Catriona Delaney. '"Un-Irish and un-Catholic": sports, physical education and girls' schooling'. Irish Studies Review.  https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/BWGxnDqiAjznXSTXRUb9/full

(2018) Deirdre Raftery, Catriona Delaney and Deirdre Bennett. The legacy of a pioneer of female education in Ireland: tercentennial considerations of Nano Nagle and Presentation Schooling. History of Education, 48-2.  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0046760X.2018.1544293

(2017) Deirdre Raftery. "The ‘third wave’ is digital: Researching Histories of Women Religious in the Twenty-first Century". American Catholic Studies, 128:2, 29-50.

(2015) Deirdre Raftery. 'Teaching Sisters and transnational networks: recruitment and education expansion in the long nineteenth century'. History of Education, 44:6, 717-728.


(2013) Deirdre Raftery. '“Je suis d'aucune Nation”: the recruitment and identity of Irish women religious in the international mission field, c. 1840-1940'. Paedagogica Historica, 49 (4): 513-530. https://researchrepository.ucd.ie/handle/10197/7926

(2013) Deirdre Raftery. 'Rebels with a cause: obedience, resistance and convent life, 1800-1940'. History of Education, 42 (6).  https://researchrepository.ucd.ie/handle/10197/8696


(2012) Deirdre Raftery. 'Religions in the history of education: a historiography'. History of Education. 41 (1). https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0046760X.2011.640355

(2012) Deirdre Raftery. 'The 'mission' of nuns in female education in Ireland, c. 1850-1950'. Paedagogica Historica, 48 (2). https://researchrepository.ucd.ie/handle/10197/7659

Digital / Online Exhibitions