DIT Level 2: Room 2-046
Introduced by Nuala Carey
Children of the Nation
Childhood, gender and class in 1916: What was childhood like in 1916; when did it end; and how did it differ based on class, gender and geography? This talk will look at childhood in a rural and urban context, illuminating family life, work, school and play with images and references from literary and historical texts. Focusing on 1916, it will show the dramatic changes that had occurred in the experience of childhood from the end of the nineteenth century and into the Irish Free State. Was it the ‘miserable, Irish, Catholic childhood’ as Frank McCourt famously wrote; or what is the long history of childhood in Ireland?’
Sarah-Anne Buckley, Lecturer in History at the National University of Ireland Galway.
Teaching 1916: What we told the Children
Professor Fionnuala Waldron, Dean of Education, DCU Institute of Education, St. Patrick’s College
Photograph courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland