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Linda Connolly

Dr. Linda Connolly
Linda is a lecturer in Sociology at University College Cork, Ireland. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from NUI (Maynooth) and publishes and teaches in the fields of social movements and the sociology of Irish society. Currently, she is involved in a research project based in UCC on the Irish Women's Movement, which is funded by the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions in Ireland (PRTLI 1). In 1999 she received an award from the Canadian Embassy in Ireland/the Irish Association for Canadian Studies to conduct comparative research on the Canadian and Irish Women's Movements, at the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Centre for Research on Women and Politics, at the University of Ottawa, the Royal Irish Academy National Research Committee for Economics and Social Sciences and the Executive of the Sociological Association of Ireland. Her most recent book, The Irish Women's Movement: From Revolution to Devolution was published in 2002 by Palgrave/Macmillan: London and New York, and it is published in paperback by the Lilliput Press, Dublin 2003.

Author Mary Cullen Mary Cullen
Mary is an Academic Associate at NUI, Maynooth and a Research Associate at the Centre for Women's Studies, Trinity College, Dublin. [Co-editor of Female Activists: Irish Women and Change 1900-1960]
Hood Susan Hood
was born in Belfast in 1968, and grew up in Dublin. She holds an honours degree in history from Dublin University; and an MA in archive studies from the University of London. Employed as a researcher at the University of Ulster, she was awarded a doctorate in 1994, for a thesis on the history of Strokestown, County Roscommon. Currently employed as an archivist, at the Church of Ireland’s Representative Church Body Library, Dublin. [Author of Royal Roots – Republican Inheritance: The Survival of the Office of Arms]
Author Dermot James

Dermot James
Dermot spent his working life in the newspaper business and served both as Company Secretary of The Irish Times Ltd and The Irish Times Trust Ltd from 1974 until taking early retirement. Among his interests are writing, travel and local history. [Co-author of The Wicklow World of Elizabeth Smith 1840-1850, author of John Hamilton of Donegal 1800-1884: This Recklessly Generous Landlord and From the Margins to the Centre - A History of the Irish Times]


Valerie Jones
A native of Dublin, Valerie Jones is a past pupil of the Diocesan School for Girls and Coláiste Moibhí, the Protestant preparatory college. She qualified as a primary teacher and taught in schools in Clondalkin, Rathgar and Ranelagh.
She holds a BA degree in Irish, English and History, a B.Ed. (Hons.) Degree and the Higher Diploma in Education. In 1989 she received an M. Litt. for her thesis on the recruitment of students into the Church of Ireland Training College. This was followed by a doctorate for her work on the preparatory system
From 1984 - 2002 she was a part-time lecturer at the Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines.
[Author of a Gaelic experiment]

Author Mary Luddy Maria Luddy
Maria Luddy is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Warwick. [Co-editor of Female Activists: Irish Women and Change 1900-1960]
Maguire Mark Maguire was a Doctoral Research Fellow in the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), based in NUI Maynooth, Ireland. He is Senior Tutor in the Department of Anthropology, NUI Maynooth, and also Lectures in DBS School of Arts. He has written on Irish social history, education, and anthropology. He has recently edited a number of issues of the international journal CITY, which explore social change in Dublin.
[Author of Differently Irish: A cultural history exploring twenty-five years of Vietnamese-Irish identity ]
Autor Marie Mulholland Marie Mulholland
Marie has been involved for over twenty years in developing and devising strategies to undo patriarchy, the Treaty of 1921 and elements of the 1937 Irish constitution. Born in North Belfast, she spent 18 years in community development, social justice politics and equal rights activism. She moved to Dublin in 1998, taking her lifelong commintment to feminism and equality with her. She has an MA in Women Studies and a passion for women's history. [Author of The Politics and Relationships of Kathleen Lynn]
Author Seamus O’Maitiu

Séamus Ó Maitiú
Séamas Ó Maitiú is a Dublin schoolteacher, lecturer and writer, who has lived on a hill farm in Co. Wicklow for many years. He has lectured in St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, NUI Maynooth and University College Dublin. His most recent book, which is published by Four Courts Press, is entitled Towns of Suburban Dublin 1834-1930. It is based on a doctoral thesis completed in NUI Maynooth in 2001.He has been publishing consultant with The Woodfield Press since 1995.

Author Barry O’Reilly

Barry O’Reilly
Barry is an archaeologist and architectural historian. He has been working for many years in the field of vernacular architecture and has done an extensive survey of north County Dublin. He has also written and lectured extensively on the subject. [Co-author of Ballyknockan: A Wicklow Stonecutters' Village.]

Tina O'Toole
Tina lectures at the Department of Languages & Cultural Studies, University of Limerick. She took her PhD on the New Woman activists and writers of the 1890s at the English Department, University College Cork, and has held research fellowships there, at the University of Ottawa, and at the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast. She is the general editor of the Dictionary of Munster Women Writers 1800-2000 (Cork University Press, 2005) and is currently working on a monograph on the New Woman project.

Author Hilary Pyle

Hilary Pyle
art critic and biographer, is Curator of the Yeats Museum in the National Gallery of Ireland. Previous publications include Portraits of Patriots and biographies of the writer James Stephens and Jack B. Yeats. [Author of The Sligo-Leitrim World of Kate Cullen 1832-1913 and
Red-Headed Rebel: Susan L. Mitchell, Poet and Mystic of the Irish Cultural Renaissance and
Cesca's Diary 1913 - 1916]

Ussher Sharkey Joan Ussher Sharkey
Joan grew up in Clontarf and worked for 13 years on the clerical staff of the Guinness brewery in Dublin. For the past 15 years she has been an active member of the Raheny Heritage Society. Besides being involved with the publication of the society’s booklets Raheny Heritage Trail and Census Returns of Raheny and Environs, she was a frequent lecturer on local and family history. Based on her 1998 research into the land acquisitions on the nearby Guinness estate at St Anne’s, she received a diploma in local history from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. In recent years she has worked as a genealogist with American groups visiting Ireland to research their ancestry. [Author of St Anne's - The Story of a Guinness Estate.]
Nadia Clare Smith - Copyright Woodfield Press Nadia Clare Smith
Nadia Clare received her PhD in history from Boston College, where she has also taught. She is the author of A 'Manly Study'? Irish Women Historians, 1868-1949 (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). A specialist in modern Irish history, her work has been recognized by the Fulbright Commission and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. [Author of Dorothy Macardle - A Life.]
Editor Taillon

Ruth Taillon
Ruth is a socialist feminist who has campaigned for political, economic and social justice and women's rights for more than 30 years. She has researched and written extensively on social policy and gender equality issues and the women's movement in the north of Ireland. She has a strong interest in women's history, and is a founder member of the Mary Ann McCracken Historical Society and author of When History Was Made: The Women of 1916. She is presently working on a biography of the Irish criminal, "Chicago May".

She is editor of the new Woodfield Activist to Activist series [of which Kathleen Lynn is the first in the series].

  Máire Ní Chearbhaill has been a free-lance editor for many years, and has a special interest in church history and in social studies. She has written numerous popular booklets and articles on religious topics.
[Co-editor of Trouble with the Law - Crimes and trials from Ireland's past.]
  Liam Clare has a background in local administration and is particularly interested in administrative history. He is the author of Victorian Bray (1998) and Enclosing the Commons (2004), and has jointly edited Irish Fairs and Markets (2001), Irish Villages (2004), and Foxrock and Cabinteely Memories (2006).
[Co-editor of Trouble with the Law - Crimes and trials from Ireland's past.]

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