No Ordinary Women: Irish Female Activists in the Revolutionary Years, 1900-23

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2003 - History - 288 pages
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    Women in the fight for Ireland’s independence risked loss of life and family for their cause. Here are the biographies of sixty-five women activists, along with lists of those imprisoned after the 1916 Rising and the more than seven hundred women arrested during the Irish Civil War. They came from every class in society—titled ladies, shop assistants, doctors, housewives, laundry workers, artists, and teachers. Some were married with children, others widowed, and some were mere schoolgirls. 
    Using historical records, interviews with survivors and their families, and the women’s own prison diaries, memorabilia, and writings, Sinéad McCoole vividly recreates the characters, personalities, and courage of these extraordinary women, many of whom served time in Ireland’s most notorious prison, Kilmainham Gaol.

Copublished with the O’Brien Press, Dublin
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This is a terrific different perspective on a familiar story: the women involved in the Irish independence movement, War for Independence, and Civil War. That is, if it's a familiar story to you - if ... Read full review

No ordinary women: Irish female activists in the revolutionary years, 1900-23

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Maud Gonne and Countess Markievicz are well known, but few can name other Irish women revolutionaries. Here, Dublin writer McCoole (Hazel: A Life of Lady Lavery) profiles nearly 75 of them, relying ... Read full review


Introduction by Dr Margaret Ward
The Women of the Rising
Women and the Road to Independence 19171921
The Civil War 19221923
Prisoner List 1916

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Sinéad McCoole is the author of Hazel and Guns and Chiffon: Women Revolutionaries and Kilmainham Gaol. She has scripted a series of short films and curated historical and art exhibitions for Dúchas, (Ireland's heritage service) and for Dublin's Municipal Gallery of Modern Art. She lives in Dublin and works as a researcher and lecturer at the Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

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