Irish women’s long fight for equality

Modern Irish society and women's role in it has been shaped by events in the mid 19th century. Mary Smith writes:

Irish women’s long fight for equality

The famine wiped out half the population in twenty years. To rebuild society and ensure survival, new ways of organising the land and family life were introduced. The Catholic Church came to dominate and its power was further entrenched with the establishment of the newly independent Republic. The virgin mother became the role-model for Irish […]

A Crackin’ Read

A Crackin’ Read

Gene Kerrigan, The Scrap:a true story from the 1916 Rising, reviewed by Mary Smith. THE SCRAP, by Gene Kerrigan is, among other things, a crackin’ read. Kerrigan’s journalistic style is great anyway, but here he’s used it to make history read like an adventure novel. But of course it’s more than that. The enormous respect […]