Lindsey Earner-Byrne

Lindsey Earner-Byrne is a lecturer in Modern Irish History at University College Dublin, Ireland. She teaches and publishes on Irish social, medical, welfare and gender history.

She is involved in various collaborative research projects, for example, ‘The Liverpool-Ireland Abortion Corridor: History, activism and medical practice’, directed by Dr Deirdre Duffy at Manchester Metropolitan University, and funded by the Wellcome Trust Seed Fund Scheme, 2015-2016.

She has also collaborated with Dr Diane Urquhart to co-author a reflection on gender history on the island of Ireland (including what became Northern Ireland after 1921): ‘Gender Roles in Ireland, 1740-2000’ in Eugenio Biagini and Mary E. Daly, A social history of Ireland (3 volumes, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2016). She has also been invited to write a 10,000 word chapter on ‘The Irish Family’ for the forthcoming Cambridge History of Ireland: Volume Four Modern Ireland, 1880-2016 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2016).

Recent publications include:

  • ‘The rape of Mary M.: A microhistory of sexual violence and moral redemption in 1920s Ireland’, Journal of the History Sexuality, 24: 1 (January 2015), pp. 75-98;
  • ‘“Dear Father my health is broken down”: Writing health in Irish charity letters, 1922-1940’, Journal of the Social History of Medicine, 28: 4 (2015), pp. 849-868 (published online June 2015), pp. 1-20;
  • ‘“Shall I take Myself and family to another religion [?]”: Irish Catholic women, protest and conformity, 1920-1940’ in C. Delay and C. Brophy (eds.), Women, Reform and Resistance in Ireland, 1850-1950 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), pp. 108-136;
  • ‘Twixt God and geography: the development of maternity services in twentieth-century Ireland’ in Janet Greenless and Linda Bryder (eds.), Western Maternity and Medicine, 1880-1990 (Pickering & Chatto, 2013), pp. 99-112.

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. Her forthcoming monograph Letters of the Catholic Poor: Poverty in Independent Ireland, 1920-1940 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016) deals with the experiences of the Irish Catholic poor when negotiating charity prior to the emergence of a more comprehensive welfare state.

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