‘My husband’s in Salonika’: the soldier’s wife in wartime Ireland 1914-1918

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 17:00 to 18:00
Room 1.33, First Floor, Iontas Building, North Campus

Dr Fionnuala Walsh (School of History, University College Dublin)

This paper examines the controversial figure of the soldier’s wife in Ireland during the Great War. Known as ‘separation women’ due to the allowances provided by the British War Office, these women have been immortalised in testimonies to the Bureau of Military History and in popular songs. Their experience represents an intersection of class, gender and nationalist politics in Ireland.

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Followed at 6pm by:
Dr Sylvie Kleinman (Trinity COllege Dublin), ‘The 1916 prison diary of Madeleine ffrench-Mullen (1880-1944): when silences speak volumes’. Synopsis here.