The talk on the Role of Women in the Irish Revolution 1916-1923 is drawn from Liz Gillis’ book on the story of the role that women played both directly and indirectly in the Irish revolution. These women were part of a generation who made a conscious decision to stand up for not only their rights, but also the rights of future generations, at a time when society viewed the role of women as that of mother and wife. The independence movement could not have succeeded without their contribution, which saw them put themselves in great danger in order to help free their country.
The story also tells of those who, though not directly involved, lost so much as a result of that conflict. For they were the wives, mothers, sisters and girlfriends of the men who fought for Irish freedom, and their story is one that needs to be told. History, they say, is written by the victors, and more often than not the victors are men.
Liz Gillis is the author of ‘Women of the Irish Revolution‘, ‘Revolution in Dublin’ and ‘The Fall of Dublin’. She has a degree in Irish History and works as a Curatorial Assistant in RTÉ. She has worked as a researcher on numerous publications, participated in many conferences focusing on the Irish revolution and has also developed a ‘Revolutionary’ walking tour of her native Liberties. Liz is co-organiser of the annual conference on the burning of the Custom House in 1921.
8.00pm, Thursday 26st April 2018 in Mount Merrion Community Centre.
For more details see: Mount Merrion Historical Society April Talk – Liz Gillis