From the Dáil Courts to the 1937 Constitution- right up to the inauguration of Irelands first female President, a woman’s place has moved from the home to the workplace, a transition not without its struggles. This lecture will explore the challenges faced by Irish women as they battled against Church and State ideologies, from 1920- 1990.
Dr Finola Doyle O’Neill is a Broadcast and Legal Historian at the School of History UCC, where she lectures on Irish Film and Media History.
She is author of The Gaybo Revolution: How Gay Byrne Challenged Irish Society and wrote and directed two historical plays , one on the Irish Suffragette movement , Walking with Ireland into the Sun, and the other on the Inquest into the death of former Lord Mayor of Cork, Tomás Mac Curtain, called Wilful Murder.
She is also creator and narrator of the award-winning Radio series, The Road to the Vote, which is currently on the Oireachtas website.
She regularly contributes to Irish media debates on both radio and television and was the historical advisor on the TG4 series, Scéalta Grá na hÉireann and the RTÉ 1 Television series Cloch le Carn and its tribute to former veteran Cork broadcaster , Donncha O’Dúlaing.
Her forthcoming book is on the history of the female Judiciary in Ireland, Unheralded Jurists and will be published by Clarus Press.
She is a Government appointee of the Future of Media Commission, where the role of RTÉ as a Public Service Broadcaster was central to its deliberations.