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Dr. Michael M. O'Connor

Lawyer-Independent Researcher-Author

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Dr. Michael M. O'Connor

Dr. Michael M. O'Connor is a lawyer, independent researcher, and author. He holds First Class Honours Degrees in Law from Trinity College Dublin and Cambridge University, He also has a Doctorate in Philosophy (Law) from Trinity College Dublin. He has practised as a lawyer for almost thirty years in Ireland and internationally, including several years in the Middle East. His research interests include social history, crime & punishment, women & the law, 18th & 19th-century public institutions, and slavery.

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Anatomy of A County Gaol

1 September 2020

Anatomy of A County Gaol is the First Part of Dr. Michael M. O'Connor's study of the History of Imprisonment, Capital Punishment & Transportation in County Mayo in the West of Ireland in the period 1585-1919. 

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Caribbean Slave Owners & Other Lesser-Known Histories from County Mayo

2 October 2021

A collection of 20 Histories exploring themes of Colonialism, Slavery, Religious Persecution, Famine & Pandemic

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Criminal Conversation with My Wife - Women & The Laws of Men

11 August 2023

No aspect of the history of County Mayo has been so neglected as the history of the lives and experiences of women. This collection of histories seeks to address critical aspects of this deficit.

A broad range of sources and a wide selection of Mayo case studies are used to explore the position of Mayo women who encountered the law and legal system in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The themes considered include discrimination, the breakdown of relationships, domestic violence, murder, infanticide, abortion, prostitution, rape, abduction, and same-sex relationships. The use of mental health legislation and institutional confinement to control, manage and suppress women is also considered. The lack of accountability for physical and sexual abuse in public institutions and the difficulties faced by women seeking to prosecute sexual predators are also explored.

For the first time, the Magdalene Asylum, which operated in Westport, is scrutinised, and its importance as an early example of the undertaking to contain women is highlighted. The position of women before Ireland's most unforgiving tribunal, the Court of Public Opinion, which ruthlessly enforced the social policing of women, is also examined.

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Famine & Rebellion

Winter 2024

Famine & Rebellion is the second and final part of Dr. Michael M. O'Connor's study of the History of Imprisonment, Capital Punishment & Transportation in County Mayo in the period 1585-1919. 

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Emily Dickinson

'A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live
That day'

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Get in touch to discover more about his writing and research and upcoming publications.

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