Left Lives in 20th Century Ireland Vol. 4 – Women

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A collection, edited by Mags O’Brien, of ten essays on leading women in Ireland in the 20th and early 21st centuries, including three living people.

ISBN 978-1-8381112-4-3 (hardback) 978-1-8381112-3-6 (paperback)

166 pages

Published September 2021 in an edition of 65 hardback and 165 paperback copies. The online launch was part of a celebration of the 110th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Women Workers’ Union, which can be seen here. The book launch begins at 54:30.


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Like the first three volumes, this book sheds light on labour movement figures, some of whom, despite their contribution and achievements, have previously been neglected by biographers. The book contains the following:

Dr Mike Mecham has written a detailed review of the book, which you can read by clicking here.

Dr Mary Muldowney’s review was published in Sound Post, Winter 2021.