Historical Society talk in Claremorris

Claremorris Historical Society will host a talk by historian Dr. Michael O’Connor, to be held in the Town Hall Studio on Thursday 2nd March at 8pm.

The topic of the talk is: 'Public Inquiries into Mayo Workhouses – The Claremorris Workhouse Scandal of 1904 and other Case Studies’

Speaker, Dr Michael O'Connor, who writes a weekly Old Mayo column for the Mayo Advertiser, is a lawyer, independent researcher, and author.

He holds first-class honours degrees in law from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Cambridge and a Doctorate in Philosophy (law ) from Trinity College Dublin. He is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales and the High Court of Ireland. He was, for many years, a partner in one of Ireland's largest law firms.

His research interests include legal history, public institutions, slavery, women and the laws of men and the history and lives of ordinary people.

Recent publications include Anatomy of a County Gaol – County Mayo, A History of Imprisonment, Capital Punishment & Transportation (2020 ), and Caribbean Slave Owners & Other Lesser-Known Histories from County Mayo (2021 ). His forthcoming work 'Criminal Conversation with my Wife—Women & the Laws of Men' explores the invidious position of women in society in 19th and early 20th century Mayo.

Michael has travelled extensively and lived for five years in the Middle East. A native of County Mayo, he now lives in Murrisk.

All are welcome to the talk on Thursday March 2 next.


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