Historical perspectives on Parenthood and Childhood in Ireland

Announcement of forthcoming volume on the history of parenthood and childhood in Ireland

Edited by Mary Hatfield, Jutta Kruse, and Ríona Nic Congáil


The essays in this collection focus on aspects of parenthood and childhood in Ireland from the 1700s to the 1950s. They provide new insights into parent-child relations in the past and pursue new areas of research, including the family life of Theobald Wolfe Tone; childhood in the Country House in Munster; the treatment of Irish mothers sent to the State Inebriate Reformatory, Ennis’.; elite and gentry female education; the role of dress and gender in childhood; the Irish boys’ brigade and scouting organisations; child burials in post-medieval times; the health of poor children in Dublin; the decline of breastfeeding in the  early twentieth century; and a detailed study of the BCG vaccination campaign to combat childhood tuberculosis in the twentieth century. These essays exemplify the most recent research strands in the history of Irish childhood and they highlight the often complex role played by parents and other adults in the emotional, educational, cultural, social, spiritual and physical wellbeing of children.



Table of Contents

‘Matty and the Daffs’: The Family Life of Theobald Wolfe Tone in Exile— Sylvie Kleinman

Childhood in the Country House, Munster, 1850–1914 —Maeve O’Riordan

‘Hands and Faces Gnawed by Rats’: Children of the Drunken Criminal Classes in Early Twentieth-Century Ireland —Conor Reidy

‘Women who Read are Dangerous’: Elite and Gentry Female Education in Eighteenth-Century Ireland —Gaye Ashford

Fashioning Childhood: Gender, Dress and Childhood in Ireland, 1800–1860— Mary Hatfield

Religion and the Irish Boys’ Brigade, 1888–1914 —Brendan Power

The Osteoarchaeology of Exclusion: Child Burials in Post-Medieval Ireland —Linda G. Lynch

Dublin’s Poor Children in a Transitional Ireland: Disease, Agents of Change … and Flies —Ida Milne

Decline of Breastfeeding in Early Twentieth-Century Ireland: Impact of Medical Policy and Practice, 1900– 1920s—Jutta Kruse

Preventing Tuberculosis in Twentieth-Century Ireland: BCG Vaccination for Infants and Children—  Anne Mac Lellan




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