Markievicz: Two summer talks

I’ll be giving a talk on Constance Markievicz at Hinterland in Kells – and then another at the Pearse Museum on Thu July 11 (7.30pm). All welcome to either – or both! Here’s the blurb for Hinterland – which takes place 27-30 June with RTE’s Myles Dungan one of the organisers. Countess Markievicz: The Life […]

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Markievicz: On her election to the House of Commons on 28 December 1918

On Saturday 28 December, the 1918 election results were announced with a landslide victory for Sinn Féin in the Irish constituencies. A day later, Markievicz was told of her election victory. She was the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons. Always happy for an excuse to goad the censor, she began […]

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“Markievicz – Prison Letters and Rebel Writings” – in the shops now

The Prison Letters of Countess Markievicz, edited by Esther Roper and first published in 1932 became an instant classic of feminist literature and was re-issued in 1986 by British publishers,Virago, bringing it to a new audience of readers. Though the original book provided a unique insight into one of Irish history’s most remarkable figures, it […]

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Markievicz on England in 1919 (and 2018!)

In the process of editing the Markievicz letters for a new edition due out this autumn, have come across this wonderful quote from almost exactly  99 years ago. Plus ca change! Cork Jail 14 August 1919 It seems to me that England is gaily riding to ruin, unless there is some wonderful secret policy somewhere. […]

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Markievicz for Beginners (non-Irish!)

Spent a couple of hours as part of a panel discussion  on the BBC World Service’s The Forum  on Votes for Women and early parliamentarians, with Bridget Kendall asking the questions. Also speaking were Jad Adams and Dr Nikita Sud, who outlined the history of women’s suffrage in general (Jad) and in India (Nikita). My […]

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Women’s Suffrage Centenary: British Suffragettes Jailed in Dublin

When the British prime minster Asquith visited Dublin on 18 July 1912, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and other members of the Irish Women’s Franchise League paraded with posters. Asquith, who was dependent on the vote of the Irish Parliamentary Party to keep him in power, was an opponent of the franchise for women, as indeed were […]

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