Women of the Rising

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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).

 

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

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

 

 

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