Bad Bridget® : Criminal and deviant Irish women in North America, 1838-1918

Bad Bridget on the road…

We're on a bit of a tour for the next few months! Bad Bridget will feature at some upcoming festivals and venues. We would love to see you along the way! Catch us on the following dates: 19 April: Cúirt... Continue Reading →

St Brigid’s Day

To mark the release of our book, we got to spend a couple of days in Dublin. A bit of a change from the day job! We had a great time chatting to Ryan Tubridy for RTÉ Radio 1. If... Continue Reading →

Bad Bridget hits the shelves!

Our book is out! After nearly 10 years of researching and writing, Bad Bridget: Crime, Mayhem and the Lives of Irish Emigrant Women was published by Penguin Sandycove on 26 January 2023. We had a great time at our book... Continue Reading →

The Bad Bridget exhibition opens!

The Bad Bridget Exhibition opened at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh on 15 April 2022. It was amazing to see it all come together! We have been developing the ideas for the exhibition since 2019 and in 2021... Continue Reading →


In October 2021, we headed all the way to Nenagh for the Dromineer Nenagh Literary Festival. The gorgeous Nenagh Bookshop window display for the DNLF We were in esteemed company, between Susan McKay, the 'Aislings' Sarah Breen and Emer McLysaght,... Continue Reading →

‘Bad Bridget’ goes to Omagh!

We’re thrilled to have received AHRC Follow on Funding for a Bad Bridget collaboration with National Museums NI!  This collaborative project involves an ambitious exhibition at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, which will explore our Bad Bridget themes.... Continue Reading →

The IT Women’s Podcast

To mark St Brigid's Day 2021, Leanne and Elaine were invited onto the IT Women's Podcast to talk to the amazing Roisin Ingle about the Bad Bridget research project. We chatted about the world Irish girls and women left and... Continue Reading →

Response to the Bad Bridget Podcast

We've been thrilled by the response to the 5-part Bad Bridget Podcast, which dropped across a couple of weeks in December. It got picked up by some media outlets but we're especially grateful for all the lovely comments on Twitter.... Continue Reading →

The Bad Bridget Podcast

Over the summer and autumn of 2020, Bad Bridget researchers Leanne McCormick and Elaine Farrell worked on a new venture - a podcast! The five-part podcast series tells the stories of Irish girls and women in North America, suspected, charged... Continue Reading →

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