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Precarious Childhood in Post-Independence Ireland

Moira J. Maguire


This study reveals the desperate plight of the poor, neglected, illegitimate and abused children in an Irish society that claimed to ‘cherish’ and hold them sacred, but in fact marginalized and ignored them. It examines the history of childhood in post-independence Ireland, breaking new ground in examining the role of the state in caring for its most vulnerable citizens. In foregrounding policy and practice as it related to poor, illegitimate and abused children, the book gives voice to historical actors who formed a significant proportion of the Irish population but who have been ignored and ... More

Keywords: Irish society, history of childhood, post-independence Ireland, children, church, state, Irish social policy, Catholic principles, Catholic Church, political establishment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780719080814
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719080814.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Moira J. Maguire, author