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Bad Bridget: Crime, Mayhem and the Lives of Irish Emigrant Women
The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre

Tuesday 23 July | 9.45am | £8


Bad Bridget: Crime, Mayhem and the Lives if Irish Emigrant Women

Bad Bridget” is a masterpiece of social history and true crime, showing us the many fascinating untold stories of generations of Irish female immigrants to the USA that history chose to forget.

A captivating account of lives previously ignored’. Sunday Independent.

In this talk, historians Elaine Farrell and Leanne McCormick, will relate some of the stories of Irish women who left Ireland for North America between 1838 and 1918, who saw their American Dream become a nightmare.After six years trawling archives and historical records, mainly in New York, Boston and Toronto, they were shocked to find huge numbers of Irish girls and women who got jobs but were later fired, who ended up in a prison rather than sent to a convent.Collectively named, Bad Bridget, they felt they deserved to have their experiences showcased as part of the Irish emigration story.

Co-creators of the AHRC funded Bad Bridget project and podcast, Elaine Farrell is a Professor of Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast and Leanne McCormick is a Professor of Modern Irish Social History at Ulster University.

Bad Bridget: Crime, mayhem and the lives of Irish emigrant women is an Irish Times #1 bestselling book. The Bad Bridget exhibition is currently on show at the NMNI Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh until 2025.