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Frances Finnegan

Dr Frances Finnegan was born in England and read Modern History at the University of York. (1967).

Her D.Phil. (1976) from the same University was on the Irish community in York in the Victorian period, and was based on a detailed survey of the Census Enumerators' Notebooks and other primary and rarely used sources.

Before she moved to Ireland in 1979, she was Research Fellow at the University of York, and later became Lecturer in Social History at the Waterford Institute of Technology, a position she held until her retirement.

She lectured extensively on the Irish Workhouse system; Magdalen Asylums in England and Ireland, and on he subject of her most recent book - Dorothea Herbert.

She lived in Piltown, near Carrick-on-Suir, close to her two daughters and three grandsons, and spent much of her time in Venice.

Dr Finnegan died on 4 June 2022 and is buried in Piltown.

Selected Publications