An outcast community : the ‘wrens’ of the curragh
Luddy, Maria. (1993) An outcast community : the ‘wrens’ of the curragh. Women's History Review, Vol.1 (No.3). pp. 341-355. ISSN 0961-2025Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612029200200014
This article examines the lifestyle of a particular group of women who operated as prostitutes and were known as the ‘Wrens of the Curragh’. It also briefly examines the extent of prostitution in nineteenth-century Ireland and the particular Catholic ethos of those Magdalen asylums operated by female religious. The Irish discourse on prostitution was very much formed by the rescue work of female religious and prostitutes were judged in spiritual and moral terms. The information available on the ‘Wrens’ comes to us primarily through the work of an English journalist, James Greenwood. The discourse is quite different in many respects to that which pertained in Catholic circles though there are also a number of similarities. Greenwood's account of the ‘Wrens’ gives us a unique insight into the everyday existence of a group of ‘outcast’ women who worked in their own interests and created their own community network away from ‘respectable’ society.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Prostitution -- Ireland -- Camp Curragh -- History -- 19th century, Prostitution -- Ireland -- Curragh -- History -- 19th century, Military bases -- Social aspects -- Ireland, Camp Curragh (Ireland) -- History -- 19th century, Women -- Ireland -- Curragh -- Social conditions -- 19th century, Women -- Ireland -- Camp Curragh -- Social conditions -- 19th century, Sex -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Women's History Review|
|Page Range:||pp. 341-355|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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