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“How My Suffragette Grandmother Became an Enthusiast for Revolutionary Nationalism, and other Revolutionary Relatives”

13:00 - 14:00

Trinity College, Edmund Burke Theatre

Introduced by David McCullagh, RTÉ

“My clever, dogmatic, intolerant – for many years alcoholic – grandmother Bridget Dudley Edwards, was a McInerney from Clare whose enthusiasms included at various times suffragism, ethicism, Anglophobia, nationalism, revolution, fascism and – until her death in the late 1950s – the illegal IRA. Her English pacifist husband hid their sons under the bed in 1916, where she had hidden guns in 1914: in 1922, when they were 13 and 11, she urged them to fight for the anti-treaty side in the civil war. Until she died, “The Last Stand”, a stylised representation of the last moments in the GPO in 1916, was over her fireplace, a photograph of Hitler was at the bottom of her bed, and she supported all the activities of the IRA. She was a great inspiration to me, but not perhaps in a way that she intended.”

Ruth Dudley Edwards, author and journalist.

Prof Eunan O’Halpin, Professor of Contemporary Irish History, TCD. Director of the Centre for Contemporary Irish History, TCD.

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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