Our February lecture explores the life and involvement in Cahir development of Emily, Countess of Glengall (1777 – 1836). Emily Jefferyes married Richard Butler, 10th Lord Cahir in 1793 and they lived mostly at Cahir house. Intelligent and energetic Emily took an interest in the education of the poor and particularly of women as well as improvements on the estate and politics.
Dr Eilís O’Sullivan is an independent researcher whose interests include elementary education in Ireland since the late 1700s, women’s involvement in its provision and the education of female teachers.
Eilís has written journal articles and book chapters and has presented related papers at conferences throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. Her book, Ascendancy Women and Elementary Education in Ireland: Educational Provision for Poor Children, 1788-1848 (Palgrave Macmillan 2017) was shortlisted for the 2020 Kevin Brehony Prize. She is currently researching the life of Emily, Countess of Glengall, 1777-1836.