UCC ACE Short courses

From Shame to Pride? A Short Introduction to LGBT+ Irish History (1970s-2020) COURSE CLOSED

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    From Shame to Pride? A Short Introduction to LGBT+ Irish History (1970s-2020) COURSE CLOSED

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education

  • Duration

    Six weeks, Wednesdays 7-9pm, from 29 January to 4 March

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    Cert of Attendance

  • Fees

    €150 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students must be minimum eighteen years at course commencement. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Friday 17 January 2020

  • Venue

    O'Rahilly Building, Room 244, UCC

  • Start Date

    Wednesday 29 January 2010

Course Outline

Cork held its biggest ever LGBT+ Pride festival in 2019. Its theme was ‘Stonewall: 50 Years Proud’. The 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York was a pivotal event in the history of LGBT+ people’s struggle against hatred and oppression. This course explores the Irish LGBT+ experience from Stonewall to the present. It focusses on major issues and events that shaped the lives of LGBT+ people in Ireland and the Irish diaspora. The course asks: have LGBT+ people and wider Irish society moved from shame to pride in their understanding of LGBT+ identities? Our sources for this often hidden history include personal testimonies, media reports, activists’ and opponents’ statements and other materials, visual images, objects and creative productions.

Schedule of classes:

1) Recalling 50 years of the LGBT+ rights struggle: Cork Pride 2019 and the Stonewall Riots, New York, 1969.
2) ‘In the Eyes of the Law’. The LGBT+ experience in 1970s and early 1980s Ireland.
3) ‘Queer-Bashing’. The murder of Declan Flynn in Fairview Park, Dublin (1982) and its impact.
4) ‘Intrinsically Disordered’? The Christian Churches and LGBT+ sexuality and identity in Ireland.
5) The LGBT+ Irish diaspora in the USA: the AIDS crisis, the St Patrick’s Day Parade Controversy in New York and its Irish context (1980s to 2019).
6) From Decriminalisation to Marriage Equality and beyond in Ireland (1993-2020).

Course Practicalities


Short courses are non-assessed

Who teaches on this course

Dr Diarmuid Scully, School of History, University College Cork, d.scully@ucc.ie

Why Choose This Course

Discover a history that was hidden – or written from a hostile perspective – until very recently. Get an insight into one of the most dramatic changes in modern Irish society: the transformation in the perception and status of LGBT+ people. Use creative innovative research techniques and sources to explore the recent past and present.  This is the first course on LGBT+ Irish history offered by ACE at UCC. In 2018, the Lecturer, Dr Diarmuid Scully, became the first historian to teach a BA module on LGBT+ history in an Irish university.


Fees and Costs

The fee for this course is €150.

How Do I Apply

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 January 2020. Fees are listed in each course description. Students register and pay fees before course commencement as follows:

1. Register and pay online by clicking the Apply Now button below. Course commencement is subject to sufficient enrolment. In the event of a course not commencing applicants will be informed and their fees will be returned.

2. Payment may also be made by credit or debit card, cheque, postal order or bank draft made payable to UCC and these should be returned together with a completed application form to Short Courses, Adult Continuing Education, The Laurels, Western Road. Application forms are available from the office or they may be downloaded from the link below.

3. Students may also hand in completed application forms to the office at ACE between 9:15am and 5pm each day prior to the closing date. We regret we are unable to accept cash.


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