Women of the Rising


Countess Markievicz from Sligo took part in the Rising and was one of the first women in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922).



Margaret Skinnider (1892-1971) was a sniper and message runner under the command of Countess Markievicz. She was the only woman wounded in action during the Rising.



Members of Cumann na mBan paraded, drilled, learned first aid and raised funds to forward their aim of Irish liberty.



Dr Ada English from Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, served with the Volunteers in Athenry, Co. Galway.



Over 200 women took an active part in the Rising. Maria Carney from Bangor, Co. Down and Nora Connolly (James’ daughter) were present in the GPO.



Dr. Kathleen Lynn from Killala, Co. Mayo, was Medical Officer to the Irish Citizens Army during the Rising.



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