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Working-class life in Dublin: Register for IRC event at the Dublin Festival of History

Posted: 4 October, 2023

Researchers discuss the rich tapestry of working-class life in Dublin across the twentieth century.

Dublin’s working-class history – like other Irish cities – has been relatively obscured in recent decades. Revolutionary history, and that of leading political figures, has tended to dominate historical inquiry. The vibrancy of working-class life in Dublin is celebrated at this year’s Irish Research Council event at the Dublin Festival of History. Three Irish social historians will reflect on the cultural and social histories of Dublin’s working-class communities – from early twentieth-century struggles in Dublin’s tenements, the gendered experiences of working-class women, to the challenges encountered by the city’s women workers in the industrial labour market.


Our three speakers – former and current Irish Research Council awardees – will share some of their research findings at this free-to-attend session.


Dr Carole Holohan (Chair). Assistant Professor in Modern Irish History, Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Ciaran McCabe. Lecturer in Modern Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr Deirdre Foley. Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Emma Penney.  Lecturer at Atlantic Technological University, Sligo.


The panel will take place at Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Saturday 14th October between 11am and 12 noon.

Our panellists will present their research findings linked to the event topic:

Dr Ciaran McCabe: “A shut hall-door, the outward and visible sign of near-respectability”:

Meanings of spaces in Dublin’s tenements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Dr Deirdre Foley: “Women and industrial work in twentieth-century Dublin”

Dr Emma Penney: will share some work from the archive she collected and talk about the origins of an under-studied working-class women’s movement.

Sign up to attend here

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