What Tessa Did at School during the Irish Cultural Revival

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Attending an all-girls Catholic secondary school in the early 1900s lent a particular political and cultural shade of green to the educational experience of young Irish women. In this lecture theatre historians Dr Kate McCarthy and Dr Una Kealy consider how Waterford playwright Teresa Deevy’s school days in St Mary’s Secondary School, Ursuline Convent, may have impacted her expectations and aspirations as a young women entering into the most volatile and interesting time in Irish history and are expressed in her ballet entitled ‘Possession or Cattle of the Gods’. Dr Kealy and Dr Kealy consider how the educational environment of St Mary’s, combined with the changing attitudes around women’s role within Irish society may have influenced Deevy and other young Irish women at the start of the twentieth century. The lecture positions Deevy’s work within the social and political context of the 1920s and 1930s.
Period26 May 2022
Held atEnniscorthy Library, Wexford County Council, Ireland
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Theatre
  • Theater
  • Irish history
  • Teresa Deevy
  • Irish Cultural Revival
  • Irish Literary Revival
  • Drama
  • Feminism