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Jumping into the GPO: “How women entered male space in 1916” / Women, Culture & The Rising / Women, Nationalism and Politics after the Easter Rising

11:00 - 13:30

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DIT Level 4: Room 4-027

Introduced by Audrey Carville, RTÉ Radio 1

Jumping into the GPO: “How women entered male space in 1916”

Gender and the Easter Rising

Lucy McDiarmid, Montclair State University, Former President: American Conference. Author of At Home in the Revolution: What Women said and did in 1916”.


Women, Culture & The Rising: Lives and Afterlives

2016 has already seen considerable attention (and controversy) regarding the question of women’s participation in Irish culture and their representation in official commemorations. This talk will look at the lives and afterlives of women and 1916, examining not only women’s involvement in the Rising but also the cultural traces and representations they left behind.

Margaret Kelleher, Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin.


Women, Nationalism and Politics after the Easter Rising.

“No men in a fight for freedom ever had such loyal co-operation from their women”

The Irish Proclamation committed a free Ireland to universal suffrage and spoke of ‘equal rights and equal opportunities of all its citizens’. While women were heavily involved in various guises in the Rising and the nationalist struggle, they found that full suffrage and independence did not bring with it an equal opportunity to participate in the public affairs of their nation. Why did their menfolk renege on the promises they had made? And who were the women who managed to break through this ‘male monopoly?

Claire McGing,Lecturer, Department of Geography, Maynooth University


Photograph courtesy of the RTÉ Archives


Abbey Theatre, An Garda Siochana, Association of Professional Genealogists Ireland, Band of An Garda Siochana, Buswells Hotel, Capuchin Friary, Century Ireland, Cobblestone, Conradh na Gaeilge, Dubray Books Grafton Street, Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, Dublin Institute of Technology, Eason’s O’Connell Street, Gallery of Photography. Garda Historical Society, Generator Hostel, Glasnevin Trust, Grafton Barbers, Hodges Figgis Dawson Street, Irish Film Archive, Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club. John Shevlin Millinery, Little Museum of Dublin, Louis Copeland & Sons, Manning's Bakery, Massey Funeral Directors, Maynooth University, Merrion Square Artists Association, National College of Art and Design, National Library of Ireland, National Museum at Collins Barracks, National Transport Museum of Ireland, NUI Galway, Poetry Ireland, Queen's University Belfast, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, Royal Hibernian Academy, St Michan's Church of Ireland Parish, St Michan's Roman Catholic Parish, St Vincent de Paul, SIPTU, The Four Courts, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, University of Ulster, Whyte’s Irish Art & Collectables, National Print Museum, Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers, ICA, Feltmakers Ireland, Irish Woodturners Guild, Doran Barber Shop The Pram Doctor, The Merrion Square Artists Association, The Dice Bar, Third Space, The Family Resource Centre St. Michael’s Estate, Brown Bag Films, The Stoneybatter and Smithfield People’s History Project, The Revenue Museum,

RTÉ would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and participation of the individual speakers who were kind enough to share their research and private collections with the public as part of the RTÉ Reflecting the Rising project. A big thanks also to the many volunteers and actors who gave their time so generously to help make RTÉ Reflecting the Rising a memorable and successful day.

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