Protestant female philanthropy in Dublin in the early 20th century

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C.S. Andrews said of his youth in turn-of-the-century Dublin that as far as inner-city Catholics were concerned ‘there was no such thing as a poor Protestant’. However, the scale of charitable activity both directed towards, and organised by, Protestants in the city would seem to indicate otherwise. The nineteenth century saw a great increase in the number of charitable institutions in Dublin generally, but from the 1870s onwards there was an intensification of Protestant philanthropy in the city. Women in particular played a major role in this invigorated movement, both as administrators and recipients, working with the mainstream movements and, on occasion, carving out autonomous positions for themselves within specific organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-31
Number of pages5
JournalHistory Ireland
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Protestantism
  • charity
  • catholicism
  • orphans
  • children
  • women
  • prisons
  • churches
  • inmates
  • Irish history


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