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Dr Georgina Laragy completed her BA in History and Geography and MA (Research) in History at NUI Maynooth. Her PhD, on ‘Suicide in Ireland, 1831-1921: a social and cultural history’, was funded by the IRCHSS and completed at NUIM in 2005. She has worked on research projects at Oxford Brookes University (ESRC-funded ‘Welfare Regimes under the Irish Poor Law, 1850-1921’) and the University of Limerick (IRCHSS-funded ‘From the cradle to the grave: lifecycles in modern Ireland’).
Dr Laragy is currently working with Prof. Peter Gray and Dr Olwen Purdue on the AHRC-funded project Welfare and public health in Belfast and its region, c.1800-1973 (2012-2015).
Dr Laragy is interested in modern Irish and British social history in particular the history of suicide and psychiatry, poverty and crime.
- ‘A peculiar species of felony’: suicide, medicine and the law in Victorian Britain and Ireland’, Journal of Social History, (forthcoming, Spring, 2013)
- ‘Identifying the poor in Cavan, 1838-1911’, in J. Cherry & Br. Scott (eds) Cavan: history and society (Geography Publications, forthcoming 2013)
- 'A "hollow and unsubstantial" prosperity: poverty in nineteenth century Meath’, Riocht na Mide, (forthcoming, 2013)
- ‘Narratives of poverty among Irish suicides between the Great Famine and the First World War’, in S.A. King (ed.) Narratives of the sick and poor (Continuum, 2012)
- ‘The Cavan Workhouse, 1842-1922’ in Cavan Town, 1610-2010: a brief history (Cavan County Council, June 2012)
- ‘Poor relief in the south of Ireland, 1850-1921’ in V. Crossman & P. Gray (eds), Poverty and welfare in Ireland, 1838-1948 (Irish Academic Press, 2011)
- 'Suicide and insanity in post-Famine Ireland' in C. Cox & M. Luddy (eds), Culture of care in Irish medical history, 1750-1950 (Palgrave, 2010).