Welcome to Deviant Irish Lives, a website dedicated to criminal and penal history. This research blog will bring to light some of the more obscure aspects of the lived experience of ordinary Irish people who remained on or beyond the margins of society during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While the stories that will appear here continue to be generated through academic research they are presented in a way that makes them accessible to all.  Each of the sections will be updated in turn on a fortnightly basis so if you would like to read some of the grittier aspects of Irish life during the past two centuries, as well as accounts of the primary sources that inform these stories, then please do check back regularly.