Cork women in rev­o­lu­tion­ary times

The Corkman - - NEWS -

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. blar­ney­his­

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