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Acts of Union: Mixed Marriage in Modern Ireland

Acts of Union: Mixed Marriage in Modern Ireland

'Acts of Union: Mixed Marriage in Modern Ireland' is a major interdisciplinary investigation into the phenomenon of 'mixed marriage', or ‘love across the divide’, across the island of Ireland in the twentieth-century. Funded by the UKRI and based at Queen's University Belfast, the project’s team—Dr. Alison Garden Garden, Dr. Ruth Coon and Professor Diane Urquhart—will make use of a variety of methods to explore, document and share this key part of the Irish story, north and south. The project team will be working with the arts and cultural sector to produce the first social and cultural history of mixed marriage in modern Ireland. Alison and Ruth will be engaging with multiple cultural institutions and organisations across the island, including the Belfast-based theatre company Kabosh, and the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), based in Dublin, to help bring their research findings to life.


If you are or were in a mixed relationship, or your family members were, we’d love to hear from you. If you would like to share your story with us, please do get in touch with Alison and Ruth at A.Garden[at] and R.Coon[at]  


The project will run from 2020-2024+. Ruth and Alison are currently co-authoring an article for The Honest Ulsterman and are co-editing an interdisciplinary volume on the Irish history of mixed relationships. 


You can follow the project on Twitter here