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Animal welfare in Post-Union Ireland

O'Connell, Helen

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The place of animals in English culture of the Romantic and Victorian periods has been widely explored, but the topic remains generally unexamined in the literary, social, and cultural history of Romantic-period and nineteenth-century Ireland.1 This is an unfortunate gap, as Irish animal welfare exemplifies a continual strain of reformist response to the political climate that came into existence in the aftermath of the rebellion of 1798 and Act of Union. The horrific conditions endured by many animals in post-Union Ireland attracted the attention of some well-known and other more obscure social reformers. Maria Edgeworth, Mary Leadbeater, Lady Morgan, William Hickey (Martin Doyle), Caesar Otway, and William Hamilton Drummond all noted disturbing tendencies to animal cruelty in Ireland. In a range of genres from pamphlets and lectures to novels, these writers attempted to inculcate animal welfare as a component of progressive attitudes that were increasingly commonplace in Britain.


O'Connell, H. (2015). Animal welfare in Post-Union Ireland. New hibernia review, 19(1), 34-52.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 12, 2014
Online Publication Date Mar 22, 2015
Publication Date Mar 22, 2015
Deposit Date Jul 7, 2014
Publicly Available Date Apr 24, 2015
Journal New Hibernia review : a quarterly record of Irish studies.
Print ISSN 1092-3977
Electronic ISSN 1534-5815
Publisher Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 1
Pages 34-52


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