Now available: Special SHCY Journal Edition on Irish Childhood


This Irish special issue, which was co-edited by Sarah-Anne Buckley (NUI Galway), Marnie Hay (DCU), and Ríona Nic Congáil (DCU), provides a sample of the research presented at Twenty years a-growing: an international conference on the history of Irish childhood from the medievalto the modern age held at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, in June 2014. The special issue is now available on the Project Muse database:


JHCY, Volume 9, Number 2, Spring 2016

The study of the history of childhood is a new field of research in the Irish context and it is developing rapidly. The essays in this special issue reflect the interdisciplinary approaches that scholars are now taking to the study of Irish childhood in the past. They show that in spite of its location on the periphery of Europe, Ireland was not cut off from the educational, social, religious, political, and economic discourses and ideologies surrounding the upbringing of children in the past. Yet because of its location, and British colonial influence vying with Gaelic culture from the 1500s onwards, the study of Irish childhood provides a particularly rich narrative of dualities, cultural hybridity, and the ability of children to adapt to new circumstances.


Object Lesson

“A Work of National Importance”: Child–Adult Dynamics in Bailiúchán na Scol/The Schools’

Collection, 1937-1939

Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn


Placeless Dead? Finding Evidence for Children in the Irish Landscape

Emer Dennehy

“This iniquitous traffic”: The Kidnapping of Children for the American Colonies in Eighteenth-

Century Ireland

James Kelly

Childhood and the Early Irish Novel

Anne Markey

Schooling the National Orphans: The Education of the Children of the Easter Rising Leaders

Caoimhe Nic Dháibhéid

“For whose benefit these burdens must be taken”: Children, Employment, and Training in

Northern Ireland, 1921-1939.

Georgina Laragy

Immigrants, Aliens, Evacuees: Exploring the History of Irish Children in Britain during the Second

World War

Jennifer Redmond

Constructing the Child in Need of State Protection: Continuity and Change in Irish Political

Discourse, 1920s-1990s

Karen Smith


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