Were the Irish women who fought for freedom in 1916 “airbrushed out of Irish history”, just as nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell was airbrushed out of the famous photograph of Patrick Pearse’s surrender on Moore Street?
This, and other questions, will be explored in The Women of 1916 Remembered in May Day Commemorative Seminar on Thursday April 28 in the Mechanics’ Institute, Middle Street. The seminar will feature three leading academics who will explore the role of women in 1916 and Irish society, during the Revolutionary period.
The panelists are Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, historian and lecturer in the Department of History, NUI Galway; Dr Linda Connolly, senior lecturer in sociology at UCC; and Dr Mary Muldowney, a specialist in oral histories. The discussion will be chaired by SIPTU's Tish Gibbons.
The event opens with NUIG's Dr John Cunningham, who will give a short talk entitled Labour, Class and Rebellion in Galway in 1916.
The seminar is organised by Galway Council of Trade Unions in association with the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour & Class, Moore Institute, NUI Galway, with the support of Galway City Council. The event begins at 7.45pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.