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Growing Up in Late Twentieth Century Ireland

What can we learn about growing up in Ireland from the Dublin One City One Book for 2020, Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey?

Join DLR Libraries for an online panel discussion of how this novel reflects the history of Irish childhood in the 1960s and 1970s.To provide context, Dr Carole Holohan (TCD) will explore Irish youth in the long 1960s while Dr Ruth McManus (DCU) will discuss housing families in suburban Dublin. Dr Marnie Hay (DCU) will consider how the novel provides insight into Irish childhood in the late twentieth century. Hosted by Dr Beatrice Scutaru (MU), the session is an initiative of the Museum of Childhood Ireland and is produced by dlr Libraries.

This panel discussion will take place online at 7 pm on Thursday, 10 December 2020.

[photo courtesy of Museum of Childhood Ireland]

Biographies of Speakers:

Dr Carole Holohan is Assistant Professor of Modern Irish History at Trinity College Dublin. She teaches the social and cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland. Author of Reframing Irish Youth in the Sixties (Liverpool University Press, 2018) and In Plain Sight: Responding to the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports (Amnesty International Ireland, 2011), she has also published on the history of youth and the history of poverty in Social History, History of European Ideas and Irish Historical Studies.

Dr Ruth McManus is Associate Professor in Geography at Dublin City University, where she teaches urban and population geography. She has written extensively on suburban development in Ireland, and is the author of Dublin 1910-1940: shaping the city and suburbs (2002), Crampton Built (2008), and co-editor of Leaders of the City (2013). Her forthcoming book, Building Healthy Homes: Dublin Corporation’s First Housing Schemes 1880-1925, co-authored with Joe Brady, will be published by Dublin City Council in 2021.

Dr Marnie Hay is Assistant Professor in History at Dublin City University. She has published an array of articles on youth and the Irish nationalist movement in the early twentieth century, and is the author of Na Fianna Éireann and the Irish Revolution, 1909-23: Scouting for Rebels (2019) and Bulmer Hobson and the Nationalist Movement in Twentieth-Century Ireland (2009), both published by Manchester University Press. Most recently, she served as guest co-editor of a special history of childhood issue of the journal Irish Economic and Social History (forthcoming in 2020).

Dr Beatrice Scutaru is a Lecturer in International History at Maynooth University. She specialises on post-1945 European history, with a particular interest in migration, childhood and the Cold War. She has published extensively on child protection, international adoption and child migration in the French and Romanian contexts and is the lead editor of a recently published volume on Child Migration and Biopolitics. Old and New Experiences in Europe (Routledge, 2020).

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