Lecture Bad Bridget - Criminal Irish Women in History - A Lecture by Dr Leanne McCormick and Dr Elaine Farrell

Thu 29 Oct, 7:30PM

Part of an exclusive Halloween lecture series

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Bad Bridget - Criminal Irish Women in History - A Lecture by Dr Leanne McCormick and Dr Elaine Farrell


This lecture will be live on Zoom. Link will be sent out before the show starts.

Prepare to explore all things weird and wonderful as part of series of talks around the Halloween season at Riverside. In this talk Dr Leanne McCormick, Ulster University and Dr Elaine Farrell, Queen’s University discuss deviant, criminal Irish women in history

The talk explores Irish women in North America in the C19th and early C20th who fell on the wrong side of the law. It offers an alternative view to the idea of emigration and the ‘American Dream’. Irish women were regularly the largest ethnic group appearing in courts and prisons in North American cities.

We will discover those Irish women who were considered sexually deviant, who were sex-workers and brothel keepers as well as stories of wrongful imprisonment. Women who failed to live up to the expectations of the pure Irish woman and mother, who neglected their children or were pregnant and unmarried.

The connection between alcohol and crime and poverty will also be considered. Amongst the stories of colourful characters and horrific murderers is the pain of loneliness, discrimination and prejudice.

The complexity of the emigration story will be revealed, and a new insight provided into those who left Ireland in the hope of a better life.

Audiences will get the opportunity to discuss the themes after the talk in a short Q&A session

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