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Historical studies

Kieran Cronin
Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
Public talks at the library and museum


Talk #1: The Banned Book: Censorship in Ireland since 1922

Over the course of the period 1929-1967, approximately 10,000 books and periodicals were banned in Irelands, as the Irish journalist Lynne Kelleher remarked "some for a single word or sentence which was considered obscene and deemed to have shameless content". This lecture will examine the factors which led to the enactment of the 1929 Censorship Act in the newly formed Irish Free State. It is paramount to examine the Act within the social, economic and political culture of the time, in order to gain an understanding of what would now be widely considered repressive legislation. During the 20th century, censorship became almost a rite of passage for Irish authors. Writers including James Joyce, Kate O'Brien, Samuel Beckett, Edna O'Brien and John McGahern were to have works censored under this 'repressive' legislation. A case study analysis of Eric Cross' book 'The Tailor and Ansty about the life of the Irish tailor and storyteller, Timothy Buckley, and his wife Anastasia ("Ansty") Buckley and the subsequent political debate it provoked in 1942 will also be discussed. 

Corner Brook Public Library
Tuesday, May 22
6:45 p.m.


Talk #2: Paws for Thought: New leads on Irish genealogy resources

The 'paws' and 'leads' relate to the Irish dog license records which are available online from 1866 up to the outbreak of the First World War. Findmypast provides online access to over 7 million dog records and they are an invaluable resource for not only dog enthusiasts but genealogists and researchers also. They list not only the breed, colour and sex of the dog, but also the owner's address and the date the license was issued, making them a valuable census substitute for the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Corner Brook Museum and Archives
Wednesday, May 23
7 p.m.


Kieran Cronin is a native of Charleville, County Cork, Ireland. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology (2001) and Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Sociology (1999) from NUI Maynooth. Kieran also obtained a Higher Diploma in Library and Information Studies (2005) from UCD and a Higher Diploma in Applied Computing (2012) from WIT. He has over 10 years' experience of working in academic and special libraries.  Kieran has been working at Waterford Institute of Technology Libraries since 2007. As Developmental Librarian, Kieran supervises the curation and digitization of special collections housed in WIT. Kieran was awarded one of the Ireland Canada University Foundation's prestigious Dobbin Atlantic Scholarships for 2017/18. 

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