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Rebel Irish Women – 2018 Talk Series

1918 was a landmark year for women in Ireland and Britain, with legislation beginning the process of their inclusion in politics. Famously, in December 1918, Constance Markievicz became the first woman to be elected to the British House of Commons, only to abstain from taking her seat as a member of Sinn Féin.

GPO Witness History is proud to mark the centenary of such a pivotal year in women’s history by hosting free monthly lectures on twelve ‘Rebel Irishwomen’. The subjects were profiled by journalist and author R. M. Fox (1891-1969) over eighty years ago, initially for a New York magazine in 1930-31, and then in book format as Rebel Irishwomen in 1935. Learn more about R. M. Fox here.

Lectures are free of charge and will begin at 5:45PM sharp. Pre-booking is essential to guarantee your space.

This lecture series is curated by Dr James Curry, a graduate from NUI Galway and committee member of the Irish Labour Society. Supported by Dublin City Council, the Irish Labour History Society, and History Ireland magazine.

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Upcoming Lectures


Thursday, 20 September, 5:45pm

Nell Regan will speak on republican, feminist and trade union activist Helena Moloney.

Nell Regan is a poet and non-fiction writer based in Dublin. She has held numerous fellowships, including the Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Award and at the International Writing Programme (University of Iowa). Her latest book is Helena Molony A Radical Life: 1883- 1967, (Arlen House, 2017).

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Thursday, 25 October, 5:45pm

Leah Dowdall will speak on Nora Connolly O’Brien (1892-1981), republican activist and member of the Irish Senate, and second daughter of James Connolly

Dr Leah Dowdall is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she recently completed a PhD on Irish working-class culture from 1889-1917.

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Thursday, 22 November, 5:45pm

Ida Milne will speak on the forgotten nurse and republican activist Dora Maguire (1889-1931), remembered in one Dublin newspaper obituary as the ‘Friend of the Poor’

Dr Ida Milne is a social historian of medicine and disease, whose book on the 1918 influenza epidemic, Stacking the Coffins, will be published in 2018. She is a Director of the Oral History Network of Ireland.

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Thursday, 13 December, 5:45pm

Ann Matthews will speak on Anglo-Irish suffragist, novelist and republican activist Charlotte Despard (1844-1939)

Dr Ann Matthews completed her PhD in History at NUI Maynooth in 2004, and is the author of Renegades (Mercier Press, 2010), Kimmage Garrison 1916 (Four Courts Press, 2010), Dissidents (Mercier Press, 2012) and the plays Lockout (2013) and Madam de Markievicz on Trial (2016).

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