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Íde B. O’Carroll’s Bio

Íde B. O’Carroll, PhD is a social researcher and writer who lives in Amherst, Massachusetts (USA), and summers in Lismore, Waterford (Ireland).

As a consultant researcher (O’Carroll Associates International Consulting), Íde worked for many years on some of the key social change issues in Ireland and America.  In 2014, she wound up her consultancy firm in order to concentrate on writing.  In 2013, she became a Visiting Scholar at Ireland House, New York University.

Íde’s non-fiction writing now explores matters relating to the Irish Diaspora, in particular Irish-US migration. In 2015, she published a revised twenty-fifth anniversary edition of her book Models for Movers: Irish Women’s Emigration to America (Cork University Press).  She is currently working on a companion volume, Irish Transatlantics, to be published in 2017. Irish Transatlantics brings the story of Irish-US migration up to the twenty-first century by drawing on the narratives of Irish men as well as women.

Íde writes fiction in English and in Irish/Gaelic. Her short story “EyeOpeners” was short listed for the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition and broadcast on Irish radio, RTÉ (2003).  Her poetry has been published on both sides of the Atlantic: A Mighty Room: A Collection of Poems Written in Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom (The Emily Dickinson Museum, 2015), The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Vol. IV, 2002), and The Turning Tide: New Writing from County Waterford (2002).

Íde’s Recent & Upcoming Work

2015 (Book) Models for Movers: Irish Women’s Emigration to America

(Cork University Press, www.corkuniversitypress.com) This revised twenty-fifth anniversary edition offers a critical gender analysis of Irish society during the three migration waves in the twentieth century, 1920s, 1950s, 1980s, to illustrate conditions for women prior to departure.  The oral histories detail how each woman created an independent life for herself in America, often in the face of multiple challenges there.

2017 (forthcoming) Irish Transatlantics

A companion volume to the Models‘ work, Irish Transatlantics brings the story of Irish-US migration up to the twenty-first century. It concerns the emigration of 1980 “New Irish” to America, many of whom returned to Ireland. In her analysis, the author draws on interviews with Irish men and women resident now in Ireland or America. The book charts a unique period in Irish history when Irish-US migration became truly transnational.