Contributors

Very Special thanks to the following people who assisted in the research and provided images without which this project could not have taken place:

Aoife Torpey

Kilmainham gaol archives. Sincere thanks to Aoife who provided so many of the images for this project.

Pearl Quinn

RTE Stills Library for the use of the following photograph: Muriel and Mary McSwiney at Terrance’s funeral.

Brian Crowley

St Endas / Pearse Museum  (Treaty Debates Photo)

Chris and Amy Ramsden

Amy is Susanne Day’s grand niece and provided the image of Susanne

Berni Metcalfe & Glen Dunne

National Library of Ireland provided the Mary McSwiney image for the standalone banner

Daniel Breen

Cork Public Museum provided the  May Conlon photograph the title banner photograph, amongst other images

Greg Franklin and Denis Cotter

for photograph of Rosalie Rice

Micheline Sheehy Skeffington

for photograph of Hanna Sheehy Skeffington

Pauline Bracken

for the use of the Dublin Opinion front cover June 1937

Justine McCarthy

Justine McCarthy is a writer, broadcaster and a journalist with The Sunday Times. One of Ireland’s most respected commentators on politics and culture, she is Adjunct Professor of Journalism at the University of Limerick. She often appears on Tonight with Vincent Browne. She is the author of Mary McAleese: The Outsider, about the eighth President of Ireland, and Deep Deception: Ireland’s Swimming Scandals, praised by Pat Kenny and Joe Duffy and described by Fintan O’Toole as “the best of the large crop of books by Irish journalists this year, it grows beyond its immediate subject to become a terrifying anatomy of the capacity for denial and vilification within any enclosed world”. She won the 2012 NNI Journalism Awards honour in category Columnist of the Year.

Professor Lucy McDiarmid

Professor Lucy McDiarmid is Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor of English at Montclair State University. Her scholarly interest in cultural politics, especially quirky, colourful, suggestive episodes, is exemplified by The Irish Art of Controversy (2005) and Poets and the Peacock Dinner: the literary history of a meal (2014). She is a past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies and a former fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Her 2016 book is entitled What Women Said and Did in 1916 and it is published by the Royal Irish Academy.

Professor Patricia Coughlan

Professor Patricia Coughlan is Professor of English at UCC. Her research interests include 20th-century Irish poetry and fiction from 1960, especially representations of gender in work by both female and male writers (Heaney, Edna O’Brien, Banville, Ní Chuilleanáin, Anne Enright, Ronan Bennett); feminist approaches to Irish literature and culture; Irish modernist poetry in the 1930s, especially Beckett; Irish women writers, 1920s-50s (Bowen, Kate O’Brien); 16th- and 17th-century writing, especially English writing on Ireland, focusing on Spenser’s work and colonial discourse (Petty, the Boate brothers, Vincent Gookin). She has published in several fields within Irish literature including on the autobiographical writings of Peig Sayers considered as social history and life-writing.

Dr. Mary McAuliffe

Dr. Mary McAuliffe is a lecturer in Women’s Studies at UCD. Her research interests include Irish women and power, female representations and identities in Irish History, feminist and gender historiography and Irish feminist histories and biographies, oral histories, and she has published widely in these areas. Her most recent co-edited book is the Palgrave Advances in Irish History (2010) and she has published a biography on Senator Kathleen Browne 1876- 1943. She is former President of the Women’s History Association of Ireland. She was also recently appointed a member of the National Archives (of Ireland) Advisory Committee (NAAC) and is a member of the 1913 Commemoration Committee.

Dr. Claire McGing

Dr. Claire McGing was the John and Pat Hume Scholar and Irish Research Council (IRC) Scholar at the Department of Geography, NUI Maynooth (NUIM). She has published research nationally and internationally on various aspects of women in party politics and has discussed this topic in the Irish media. Since 2013, she has been a Lecturer in Political Geography at NUIM.

Tommy Graham

Tommy Graham is editor and founder of the bi-monthly History Ireland magazine and Historical Walking Tours of Dublin. He also lectures in Irish history and politics at Griffith College. Most recently, he initiated the History Ireland Hedge Schools, a series of round table discussions with historians and prominent personalities covering topics of historical and contemporary interest.

Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa writes “with tenderness and unflinching curiosity” (Poetry Magazine). She is an award-winning bilingual writer whose poems and prose regularly appear in literary journals in Ireland and internationally. Among her awards are the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary 2014-2015 and the Wigtown Award for Gaelic Poetry (Scotland).

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh was born in Tralee, Co. Kerry in 1984. She graduated from NUI Galway in 2005 with a BA in Irish and French. After her degree, she worked in Bordeaux as a language teacher at the university there. She returned to NUI Galway to do a Masters in Irish where she also taught classes in Irish language and literature. In August 2007, she went to New York to teach Irish with the Fulbright programme. The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon awarded her an artist’s bursary in 2008 allowing her time to focus on writing. Her poems have appeared in An Guth, Feasta, Crannóg and Poetry Ireland Review. As well as poetry, Ailbhe writes articles for ‘Beocheist’ in The Irish Times. Gabriel Rosenstock has translated some of her poems to English. Her first collection, Péacadh, was published by Coiscéim in 2008.

Doireann Ní Bhriain

Doireann Ní Bhriain is an Irish independent radio producer. She began her career as a radio and television journalist, and started out reading children’s stories on television. From those beginnings, she went on to work for RTÉ for over 20 years before moving on in 1993. She is best known for her work and affiliation with RTÉ Radio 1. She was a long-running reporter on the radio current affairs programme Women Today for which she is well known. She was the presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest 1981, held in Dublin. In 1993, she won a Jacob’s Award for her work on RTÉ Radio. In 2000, she moved on to work in arts project management and consultancy for a number of years. She developed an expertise in festival management and cultural tourism. She also continued to work in radio as an independent producer, producing series on volunteering, on minority religions in Ireland, on urban development in Ireland, and documentaries for RTÉ radio and Raidio na Gaeltachta. In recent years, she has specialised in voice and presentation training, independent radio production and TV voiceover work in English and Irish.

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy (born 1954) is an Irish poet, novelist, and critic, born in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, Ireland. He attended University College Cork where he was part of a resurgence of literary activity under the inspiration of John Montague. Among his contemporaries, described by Thomas Dillon Redshaw as “that remarkable generation,” there were Theo Dorgan poet and memoirist, Sean Dunne, poet, Greg Delanty, poet, Maurice Riordan poet and William Wall, novelist and poet. McCarthy edited, at various times, The Cork Review and Poetry Ireland Review. He has published seven collections of poetry with Anvil Press Poetry, London, including The Sorrow Garden, The Lost Province, Mr Dineen’s Careful Parade, The Last Geraldine Officer (“a major achievement”, in the view of academic and poet Maurice Harmon)and Merchant Prince, described as “an ambitious and substantive book”. The main themes of his poetry are Southern Irish politics, love and memory. He is also the author of two novels; Without Power and Asya and Christine. He is married with two children and lives in Cork City where he works in the City Libraries. He won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 1977. His monograph “Rising from the Ashes” tells the story of the burning of the Carnegie Free Library in Cork City by the Black and Tans in 1920 and the subsequent efforts to rebuild the collection with the help of donors from all over the world.

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