Carole Holohan
Assistant Professor, History


I joined Trinity College Dublin in 2015. Prior to my arrival I held an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral fellowship at University College Dublin and a teaching fellowship at St. Patrick's College Drumcondra. I also led a research project at Amnesty International Ireland. I was a founding member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians (IAPH).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Carole Holohan, Reframing Irish Youth in the Sixties , Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2018, 1 - 272pp Book, 2018

Carole Holohan, Review of Sexual Politics in modern Ireland , by Jennefir Redmond, Sonja Tiernan, Mary McAuliffe and Sandra McEvoy , Irish Literary Supplement, A review of Irish Books, vo. 37, (no. 2), 2017 Review, 2017

Carole Holohan, 'Conceptualising and responding to poverty in the Republic of Ireland in the 1960s: a case study of Dublin' , Social History, 41, (1), 2016, p34 - 53 Journal Article, 2016 Other

Carole Holohan, Jack McGinley (ed.) Cluskey: the conscience of labour, Saothar: Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, 41, (1916 Special Issue), 2016 Review, 2016

'A powerful antidote? Catholic youth clubs in the sixties' in, editor(s)Catherine Cox and Susannah Riordan , Adolescence in Modern Irish History , Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp176 - 198, [Carole Holohan] Book Chapter, 2015

Carole Holohan, 'Challenges to social order and Irish identity? Youth culture in the sixties' , Irish Historical Studies, 38, (151), 2013, p389 - 405 Journal Article, 2013

'John Charles McQuaid and the failure of youth sodalities, 1956-61' in, editor(s)Colm Lennon , Honouring God and community: confraternities and sodalities in modern Ireland , Dublin, Columba Press, 2012, pp126 - 147, [Carole Holohan] Book Chapter, 2012

Carole Holohan , In Plain Sight: Responding to the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports , Dublin, Amnesty International Ireland, 2011, 1-430pp Book, 2011

Carole Holohan, Every generation has its task : attitudes to Irish youth in the sixties, NUI, 2010 Thesis, 2010

'More than a revival of memories? 1960s Youth and the 1916 in, editor(s)Mary Daly and Margaret O'Callaghan , 1916 in 1966: commemorating the Easter Rising , Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2007, pp173 - 197, [Carole Holohan] Book Chapter, 2007

Research Expertise


I am a social historian currently focused on the history of poverty in modern Ireland. My research examines the social history of the sixties (or long 1960s) and I have published on the history of youth and the history of poverty in this period. I am interested in social issues at the level of national and international discourse (including how these interact) and in terms of personal experience. My work to date explores the nature of social change in Irish society during a period of accelerated and self-conscious transition.


  • Title
    • 'Reframing '68 and the Sixties'
  • Summary
    • On the 50th anniversary, this symposium will bring together leading scholars to reinterpret the significance of the events of 1968. Some see '68 as a year of 'global revolt' as the revolutions of this year cut across national boundaries, from student protests in France to the Cultural Revolution in China. These events, however, did not come out of nowhere. Our symposium will analyse the genesis of these movements by considering the role of social, political and economic trends from the end of the Second World War, as well as global trends such as de-colonization and reform communism. The participants have been engaged in scholarship that adopts new approaches, from oral histories to cross-national comparisons. By bringing together those engaged in cutting-edge research in this field, the central research questions of this symposium will focus on rethinking the traditional disciplinary, spatial and temporal frameworks in which the significance of 1968 can be interpreted.
  • Funding Agency
    • Trinity Long Room Hub
  • Date From
    • 26/9/18
  • Date To
    • 28/9/18
  • Title
    • Poverty and Welfare in Postwar Ireland.
  • Summary
    • This project focuses on how poverty and welfare were reframed in the years after the Second World War (c. 1944-1973) and how this affected the provision and nature of services, as well as public and media attitudes, in the Republic of Ireland. In the West, the post-war era saw a focus on the state as a guarantor of individual rights, increased recognition of the value of professional and secular expertise, and changing public perceptions of social citizenship. Despite increasing deference to expertise and the traction gained by leftist conceptualisations of the role of the state, the meaning of poverty and welfare remained highly pluralistic as different countries had deep historic and political legacies that affected attitudes to poverty and the nature of service provision. While histories of poverty and welfare have tended to focus on welfare legislation, the history of the voluntary and NGO sectors is a growing field. This shift in focus has begun to undermine the received wisdom that the post-war era simply saw the evolution of a stronger state and a fading away of the voluntary sector. Given the strength of the voluntary sector in Ireland, it serves as an interesting case study to probe ideas of state responsibility and individual rights, as well as public and political attitudes to poverty and welfare.
  • Funding Agency
    • Alumni donations and Trinity's Commercial Revenue Unit.
  • Date From
    • September 2018
  • Date To
    • September 2022