Women and the Irish Revolution - Cumann na mBan

Date: November 25, 2015

Doors: 19:00

Venue: London Irish Centre

Price: 8/4

Women and the Irish Revolution - Cumann na mBan

The London Easter 1916 Centenary Commemoration Committee is hosting this event and is keen to have a public discussion on Irish feminism and Nationalism setting the scene for the foundation of Cumann na mBan.

The speakers will explore the forces that brought the organisation into being and its founding members. What were the main activities, when was it most powerful and its impact longer term.

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and engage in an open discussion/debate.

Established in 1914 Cumann na mBan played an important role in the Irish Revolution although too often this has been ignored. This event seeks to explore their involvement, their impact and legacy in a broad debate bringing together an exciting group of speakers an historian, a distinguished academic in the field of sociology and gender studies and a community activist from Limerick who was in Cumann na mBan.

We are delighted that the event will have an introduction by the Irish Ambassador, Daniel Mulhall.

DOORS: 18:30 for 19.00 start

Chaired by Prof Mary J. Hickman - Professorial Research Fellow at St. Mary's University in Twickenham, London

The confirmed speakers on the panel include:

Louise Ryan: Louise Ryan is Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University, London. Her work has a particular focus on migration, social networks, gender and religion. And she is co-author of numerous books, including:

Irish Women and The Vote: Becoming Citizens;  Gender, Identity and the Irish Press 1922-1937Embodying the Nation;  and, Migrant Capital: Networks, Identities and Strategies. She is a trustee and Publications Director of the British Sociological Association. And is also a Member on the advisory board for the Irish Journal of Sociology.


Cal McCarthy, from Cork, studied history and economics at UCC before going on to work as a civil servant. During a career break he completed his MPhil with a thesis on the 1918 election. He currently works in the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Cumann na mBan and the Irish Revolution (2007) was his first book. His book, Green, Blue and Grey tells the story of the Irish in the American Civil War. He is co-author of a book on the wreck of the convict ship, Neva, and is currently working on a history of the Spike Island convict prison. 


Marie Quinlivan 

Marie joined Cumman na mBhan in 1957 and has been a republican and community activist since then, she is heavily involved in a huge number of community projects in Limerick, especially on the Northside of the City. She comes from a Republican family born and bred in Limerick City. Her Grandfather was a Republican leader in the IRA in the war of independence and took the republican side in the subsequent civil war. Her own father was also in the IRA and was interned without trial in the Curragh Concentration Camp. 


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