History of Children and Childhood

Here we present an online history of children and childhood in Ireland, 1500-2000. Research on the history of children and childhood in Ireland is relatively new. Most books and articles on the topic have appeared in the last twenty years. There are still, however, many gaps in our knowledge. We know more, for example, about the experiences of children in nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland than in earlier centuries. We aim to provide a general overview of the main developments and trends over the 400 years between 1500 and 2000.

Children and Childhood, 1500-1700

Children and Childhood, 1700-1800


For more information on the history of childhood in Ireland see the History of Irish Childhood Research Network website.

Members of History Pod

Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley

Dr Richard McElligott

Lorraine McEvoy

Dr Cormac Moore

Professor Eileen Murphy

Professor Mary O’Dowd

Annika Stendebach