Women in the Struggle for Irish Independence


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About the Book

Women have too often been written out of history. This is especially true in the fight for Irish independence. The women’s struggle was three-fold, beginning with the suffragettes’ fight to win the vote. Then came the push for fair pay and working conditions. Binding them together became part of the national struggle, first for home rule, then for the establishment of an Irish Republic.
The Easter Rising of 1916 brought them together as soldiers of the Republic. Through the terrible years that followed, they became the conscience of Republicanism. Following independence, they were betrayed by the men they had served alongside. DeValera and the Catholic Church restricted their roles in society—they were to be wives and mothers without a voice. It was not until Ireland’s entry into the European community and the self destruction of a corrupt Church that Irish women were acknowledged for what they had achieved.

About the Author(s)

Joseph McKenna is a retired local studies librarian, with over 30 years experience working in the Central Library in Birmingham, England. He formerly sat on the City Council`s Conservation Advisory Areas Committee.

Bibliographic Details

Joseph McKenna
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 239
Bibliographic Info: 51 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8041-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3856-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
List of Abbreviations 5
1. Suffragists and Suffragettes 7
2. Socialists and Trade Unionists 41
3. There Would Be Work for the Women: The Nationalists 78
4. 1916: Three into One 106
5. 1916–1919: Marking Time 150
6. The Women’s War 175
7. The Women Betrayed 195
Chapter Notes 213
Bibliography 220
Index 223