Cork women in revolutionary times
WOMEN played an extradionary role in Ireland’s turbulent history between 1916-1923 and this will be discussed at a fascinating seminar which will be held next week in Blarney.
The Blarney and District Historical Society will present a lecture, ‘Ordinary Women in Extraordinary times of 19161923’ on Thursday, October 5 at 8pm at Schol Mhuire Gan Smal where the spearker will be Anne Twomey.
The story of Cork Women in the Revolutionary Times of 1916 to 1923 concerns the extraordinary women of Cork City and suburbs who took an active part during this very troubled period of the nations history.
Some of those who will be mentioned by Anne Twomey of the Shandon Area History Group, include the Wallace sisters of St. Augustine Stree, who were members of the Irish Citizen Army, Birdie Conway who was a founder of Cumann na mBan and a President of Shandon Branch. Geraldine Sullivan carried explosives around the city.
Kitty Daly took part in raids and ambushes. Emma Hourigan was a major campaigner and organiser who carried messages. The Duggan sisters spirited away men who were on the run while Nora O’Sullivan transported and hid weapons.
Some prominent names include The MacSwiney sisters, Mary Bowles, Geraldine Neeson and Mairead Ní Luasa among the many others who undertook important and dangerous assignments.
Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 087 215321 Web-site: www. blarneyhistory.ie