Occasions of Sin by Diarmaid Ferriter
Sex and Society in Modern Ireland

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Ferriter covers such subjects as abortion, pregnancy, celibacy, contraception, censorship, infanticide, homosexuality, prostitution, marriage, popular culture, social life and the various hidden Irelands associated with sexual abuse - all in the context of a conservative official morality backed by the Catholic Church and by legislation. The book energetically and originally engages with subjects omitted from the mainstream historical narrative. The breadth of this book and the richness of the source material uncovered make it definitive in its field and a most remarkable work of social history.
 

About Diarmaid Ferriter

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Diarmaid Ferriter is Professor of Modern Irish History at University College, Dublin. He is the author of the acclaimed and best-selling Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000.
 
Published July 1, 2010 by Profile Books. 640 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Around the same time that Philip Larkin claimed, in an ironic tone, that sexual intercourse began in 1963, the ultra-Catholic Irish politician Oliver J Flanagan insisted, in all seriousness, that there had been no sex in Ireland before television.

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The Guardian

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(Who could either affirm or deny that the "sexual history of Ireland is just as complicated and multilayered as the sexual history of many other countries"?) But the book's great virtue lies in its detail – such as the philosophy of Father Finnegan in Questions Young Women Ask (1965): "St Paul te...

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New York Journal of Books

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Can Irish sexuality free itself from the criminal evidence, the violent expression, the caricatured reaction?

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