The truth is, the full story of sex and society in 20th-century Ireland has never been told.

In Occasions of Sin, acclaimed historian Diarmaid Ferriter provides for the first time a complete account of the public and private worlds of Irish sex, covering: abortion, gregnancy, celibacy, contraception, censorship, infanticide, homosexuality, prostitution, marriage, popular culture, and more.

This book uncovers the extent and variety of sexual behavior in a society that had on the surface, a relatively confining view of what was morally acceptable, governed by strict legislation, backed by a conservative Catholic Church.

It is a groundbreaking study embracing subjects traditionally omitted from th mainstream historical narrative.


Diarmaid Ferriter is professor of Modern Irish History at University College, Dublin. He is the author of the acclaimed and best-selling Transformation of Ireland 1900-2000 and of Judging Dev, a life of De Valera.


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