Introduction Commemoration of historical events often reflects the time period in which the commemoration takes place. How we remember our history is influenced by contemporary politics and social mores.   Research on the men and women who fought for and led Ireland towards independence has been renewed in the last two decades, as the centenary of…

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100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life – a ‘pop-up’ museum in Dublin Castle and a programme of events until May.  This ‘pop-up’ museum was launched in December 2018, by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD on the centenary of the landmark 1918 General Election.  Legislation passed earlier that…

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On Friday 14 and Saturday 15 December 2018 the Women’s History Association of Ireland’s (WHAI) 2018 annual conference, entitled“‘Why not a woman?’ Celebrating women in public and private life in Ireland, 1918-2018”, took place in Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. This conference marks the centenary of the achievement of limited suffrage for women, and is supported…

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On Wednesday 12 December 2018 the National University of Ireland, in collaboration with Maynooth University Social Sciences Unit presented a one-day symposium entitled ‘Political Voices: the Participation of Women in Irish Public Life, 1918-2018’. This symposium formed part of the NUI’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’ programme, and was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the December…

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On Tuesday 20 November 2018, as part of Clare County Library’s Decade of Centenaries Lecture Series, Mary Clancy (NUIG) delivered a lecture entitled ‘Women and the vote in 1918’ at Seán Lemass Public Library, Shannon. This will explore women’s activism, especially in the west of Ireland, in 1918. The lecture took place at 6.30pm. From Century…

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On Monday 19 November 2018 a seminar entitled ‘100 years of women’s votes’, to commemorate the achievement of women’s suffrage in 1918, and to explore the place of women in politics today took place at The Model, Sligo. Speakers will include Carole Coleman, Helen Pankhurst, and Micheline Sheehy Skeffington; follow this link for the full programme. From…

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On Saturday 17 November 2018 Athlone Castle Visitor Centre presented a public lecture entitled ‘Art and the vote: The images of the Irish women’s suffrage campaign’ by Athlone Castle Cultural Officer Donna Gilligan. The talk will explore the visual culture of the Irish women’s suffrage campaign, and will discuss the use of protest art, political cartoons, and…

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Between 16 and 30 November 2018 the Luan Gallery, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, to commemorate the centenary of the first granting of votes to women in 1918, hosted an exhibition entitled Art and the vote: The visual culture of the Irish women’s suffrage campaign.  Throughout the Irish campaign for votes for women, suffragists used many forms of visual…

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