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Dr. Carole Holohan

Dr Carole Holohan

Assistant Professor in Modern Irish History

Research Interests

I am a social historian currently focused on the history of poverty in modern Ireland. My research to date examines the social history of the sixties and I have published on the history of youth and the history of poverty. I am interested in social issues at the level of national and international discourse (including how these interact), and in terms of personal experience. Prior to my arrival at Trinity College 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 that focused on human rights accountability in Ireland.

Select Publications

  • Reframing Irish youth in the sixties (Liverpool University Press, 2018).


  • ‘Conceptualising and responding to poverty in the Republic of Ireland in the 1960s: a case study of Dublin’ in Social History, vol. 41, issue 1 (2016).
  • ‘A powerful antidote? Catholic youth clubs in the sixties’, in Catherine Cox and Susannah Riordan (eds), Adolescence in Modern Irish History (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
  • ‘Challenges to social order and Irish identity? Youth culture in the sixties’ in Irish Historical Studies, vol. 38, no. 151 (2013) pp. 389-405.
  • ‘John Charles McQuaid and the failure of youth sodalities, 1956-61’ in Colm Lennon (ed.), Honouring God and community: confraternities and sodalities in modern Ireland (Columba Press, Dublin, 2012).
  • ‘More than a revival of memories? 1960s youth and the 1916 Rising’ in Mary Daly and Margaret O’Callaghan (eds), 1916 in 1966: commemorating the Easter Rising (Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2007)

Teaching and Supervision

I teach on the survey courses ‘Life in Modern Ireland’ and ‘Ireland in the Twentieth Century’ and offer a specialist year-long course ‘The Republic of Ireland and long 1960s’. I also teach ‘Poverty and Welfare in modern Ireland’ to sophisters. I contribute to modules on the M.Phil in Modern Irish History and supervise dissertations. I welcome research students interested in the social history of twentieth century Ireland, particularly those working on the postwar period and on poverty and welfare.

Dr. Holohan on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Room 3110
Department of History
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 1 896 1011
Fax: +353 1 896 3995