54 Beechwood Avenue Upper – Ranelagh – Dublin 6at 2.30pm on Saturday, 14th January 2017
THE FORGOTTEN HEROINES OF THE RISING by Joe Duffy (author of Children of the Rising)
” History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived , but , if faced with courage need not be lived again “
Thankfully none of the 77 members of Cumann na mBan that have rightly featured so strongly in the revised narrative of the 1916 Rising centenary were killed during the rebellion.
They have been commemorated in 2016 by their central role in the RTE TV series, Rebellion, the Richmond Barracks project, the National Museum, books, murals; and a stunning bus montage by the acclaimed artist David Rooney which showed the ‘women of the rising’.
But as the centenary draws to a close and debate continues about how the “women of the rising ” were commemorated, “all failed to mention the 45 adult women who died violently in Easter Week 1916. In total at least 485 were killed in the Rising -the majority were civilians – 54 women and over 200 men.
‘Personally I would prefer to see no army in Ireland. The very existence of an army means fighting, and if it is not fighting for some aggressive purpose, it will be drawn into some European war, or will be turned on the workers, or something of that sort. My views on the army question might not be acceptable to the whole Congress, but I do think we ought to make up our minds as to what form of army there will be in the future, whether it is to be professional, or such an army as is established in other small countries’. (Louie Bennett, Irish Women Workers Union)
Part of the fascinating debate by the Irish Trade Union Congress and Labour Party in 1922 on whether they should run candidates or not in the Treaty debate. Supporters and opponents of the Treaty called on Labour to wait yet again as in 1918, but the majority of delegates voted to participate and the party won 22 seats.
To access the ITUC&LP Archive for 1901-1925 go to http://centenaries.