About me




My research specialism is the social history of the sixties with a particular focus on the history of youth and the history of poverty, in international and transnational contexts.

Areas of expertise

•Twentieth century Ireland, with a particular focus on social history.
•I have worked extensively on the following topics: the sixties; youth; youth culture; poverty; and historic child abuse.


poverty; youth; twentieth century Ireland; 20th century Ireland; social history; sixties;60s; children; youth culture

Member Details

Full Name

Carole Holohan (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



•Project Leader, Amnesty International Ireland, 48 Fleet St., Dublin 2
(Sept. 2010 – Nov.2011)

•Researcher, Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive, James Joyce Library, University College Dublin
(Oct. 2009 –Jan. 2010)

•Tour Guide, Historical Walking Tours of Dublin,www.historicalinsights.ie
(2003 – 2009)

•Assistant Coordinator, FÁS Local Initiative in Culture and Heritage, National Print Museum, Beggars Bush Barracks, Dublin 4
(November 2002 – November 2003)

•I have worked as a researcher for Inquest on a myriad of projects for Ireland’s National Radio and Television Broadcaster, Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ). I worked on the television coverage of various general elections and budgets and on the current affairs programme Frontline. I also carried out research on a number of different counties for the 1911 Census of Ireland project at the National Archives of Ireland


I’ve taught the following undergraduate and extra mural modules:
•' From affluence to protest: Europe and the United States 1953-73' – St. Patrick's College (2014)
•‘Tradition in transition: Ireland in the sixties’ – St Patrick's College, Drumcondra (2015)
•‘Ireland in the sixties: a social history’ – University College Dublin (2013/14).
• ‘The Irish Experience’ – [co-lectured] University College Dublin (2012)
•‘Protest, Rebellion and War: Ireland 1798-1923’ – IES Abroad (2009)
•‘An Introduction to Irish History’- UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business (2006)
• ‘Modern Irish History: 1879-1923’, Adult Education Centre, University College Dublin (2004-2009).
•‘A History of Ireland: from Plantations to Peace Process’ (UCD Adult Education Centre)
•‘Uncovering 1916’ (UCD Adult Education Centre/ National Library of Ireland).
•I designed the Irish Studies module, ‘Ireland Uncovered’ – University College Dublin (2010)

Outreach activities

I’ve been a panellist on radio and at festivals:
• '50 years on: JFK, Ireland & the world', History Ireland Hedge School, National Library of Ireland, 22 Oct. 2013
• 'JFK in Ireland: Style or Substance?', History Ireland Hedge School, The Electric Picnic, Stradbally, 1 Sept. 2013.
• 'The 1960s. Did Ireland swing or snooze?', History Ireland Hedge School, The History Festival of Ireland, Duckett's Grove, Carlow, 16 June 2013
• ‘The Sixties in Ireland’, The History Show, RTÉ Radio One, 6 May 2012.

I’ve given presentations on my research to professional and public audiences:
•: 'Irish social policy and society before accession', 40 years of Ireland and Social Europe, Looking back and looking forward, European Parliament Office Dublin, 15 November 2013.
• ‘Exploring the role of State and Society in the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports’. St. Andrews Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, 20 Jan. 2012.
•'In Plain Sight: Addressing accountability and identity in the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports', Biennial Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference, University College Cork, 28 October 2011.

Committees & Associations

•Irish Association of Professional Historians – Executive Secretary
•Women's History Association of Ireland – member
• Transnational Ireland – member


•Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 2003- 2006. Funded by the Higher Education Authority’s North South Programme for Collaborative Research.

•Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship 2012-2014

•2014: National University of Ireland, Grants towards scholarly publications

•2014: University College Seed Funding – The Meaning of Poverty: A workshop



•Reframing Irish youth in the sixties (Liverpool University Press, 2018 )

Book Chapters

•‘A powerful antidote? Catholic youth clubs in the sixties’, in Catherine Cox and Susannah Riordan (eds), Adolescence in Modern Irish History (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).
•‘John Charles McQuaid and the failure of youth sodalities, 1956-61’ in Colm Lennon (ed.), Honouring God and community: confraternities and sodalities in modern Ireland (Columba Press, Dublin, 2012).
•More than a revival of memories? 1960s Youth and the 1916 Rising’ in Mary Daly and Margaret O’Callaghan (eds), 1916 in 1966: commemorating the Easter Rising (Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 2007).

Peer Reviewed Journals

•‘Challenges to social order and Irish identity? Youth culture in the sixties’ in Irish Historical Studies, vol. 38, no. 151 (2013) pp. 389-405.

Other Journals

•‘A conduit to a baneful modernity? Church responses to youth culture, 1956-1974’ in History Review, xv (2005).

Published reports

•In Plain Sight: Responding to the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports (Amnesty International Ireland, 2011).

Electronic Publications

•In Plain Sight: Responding to the Ferns, Ryan, Murphy and Cloyne Reports (Amnesty International Ireland, 2011) http://bit.ly/1gYoB1H


•‘From the Archives, 1977’ in History Ireland, Jan./Feb. 2008.
•‘1966 and all that’, [co-authored with Dr Roisín Higgins and Dr Catherine O’Donnell] in History Ireland, Mar./Apr. 2006.