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2017 Distinguished Lecture Series 'Historical and Policy Perspectives on Gender'

Thursday, 16 February, 2017

"Behind Closed Doors”: Gender and Sexual Violence in the Irish Family, 1922-1990

Dr Lindsey Earner-Byrne (University College Dublin)

Wednesday, February 22nd,  2017

5.30 p.m.

School of History Boardroom, K114 Newman Building UCD

Chaired by Professor Mary Daly (President of the Royal Irish Academy)

Funded by a UCD Research Seed Funding Grant (Inclusion Research) and 

supported by the UCD Centre for War Studies.

This series has been organized by Dr Selena Daly (UCD School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics) and 

Dr Mark Jones (Irish Research Council Elevate Fellow, UCD Centre for War Studies & UCD School of History).


Dr Lindsey Earner-Byrne is a lecturer in modern Irish history in the School of History at University College Dublin and a member of the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland. She has researched and published on gender, health and welfare in modern Ireland with a focus on mothers, widows and children, for example,  her monograph, Mother and Child: Maternity and Child Welfare in Dublin, 1920s-1960s (Manchester, 2007, paperback 2013) dealt with the development of the Irish welfare system in relation to women and children. She has a particular interest in gender and sexual violence and has published on the history of rape and child sexual abuse in Ireland, for example,  ‘The rape of Mary M.: A microhistory of sexual violence and moral redemption in 1920s Ireland,’ Journal of the History of Sexuality, 24: 1 (Jan. 2015), pp. 75-98.Her most recent book, Letters of the Catholic Poor. Poverty in Independent Ireland, 1920-1940 has just been published by Cambridge University Press.



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