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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 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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Lifford-Strabane: the club that crosses borders

One club picking up a number of medals at last weekend’s Irish Life Health All Ireland Juvenile Track and Field Championships was Strabane Lifford – the only club on this island  (as far as we know) with one foot in the north and the other in the south. The towns sit on either side of […]

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European Teams: Barr, Lawler, Gregan win their heats

Thomas Barr in the 400m hurdles, Marcus Lawler 200m and Brian Gregan 400m all won their heats at the opening day of the European Clubs Team Championships in Vaasa Finland today. All five big names came through in the 400m hurdles (see below), which is shaping up to be the race of the competition. In […]

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Ben Johnson: My 1986 positive test was covered up

Sprinter Ben Johnson has admitted that he tested positive for a doping offence in 1986 – two years before he was busted after winning the 100m at the Seoul Olympics in a world record time of 9.79 seconds. The race has been dubbed the “Dirtiest Race in History” with six of the eight starters later […]

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On Your Marks – from Herald 6 January 2016

For some reason, the Wednesday Herald running column isn’t being added to www.herald.ie. So here is this week’s edition for anyone who didn’t get the Herald today. MEET AND TRAIN LEAGUE STILL GOING STRONG Well over a hundred women of all ages, sizes and levels of fitness turned out for Sunday’s Meet and Train league […]

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A Modest Proposal: How about an Irish Road Running League?

When it comes to races,  it’s possible to have too much of a good thing – and that is our problem at the moment. Because every race must be insured, cluttering up official calendars are small local races and leagues,  GAA runs, charity walks/runs, commercially run races, and various novelty events.  Sifting though such lists […]

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