The 1918 Election of Countess Markievicz
The poet W.B. Yeats visited the Gore Booth family at Lissadell. He wrote the poem "In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz" in 1927, further to the death of both sisters who died within a year of each other. The poem begins "The Light of evening, Lissadell, Great windows open to the south, Two girls in silk kimonos, both Beautiful, one a gazelle."
Title page of UK Parliamentary document detailing the Representation of the People Act 1918, which allowed women aged 30 years and older (under certain conditions) and men aged 21 years and older to vote for the first time. This Act tripled the electorate for the 1918 General Election in the UK and Ireland.
Dr Mary McAuliffe, Gender Studies, UCD talks about the limited franchise available to women in 1918 and attempts by Irish suffrage campaigners to get Votes for Women on the Home Rule Bill of 1912
Half length full facing portrait of Maud Gonne Mac Bride wearing a high-collared dress. Maud Gonne was an Irish nationalist who had been married to Major John Mac Bride, executed for his role in the 1916 Rising. Maud Gonne was famously a muse for poet W.B. Yeats who referred to her in many of his poems. She was imprisoned in Holloway Jail with Constance Markievicz in May 1918, under suspicion of conspiring with the enemy aka The German Plot
Dr Mary McAuliffe, Gender Studies, UCD talks about the 'German Plot' whereby prominent Sinn Féin members, including Constance Markievicz, Maud Gonne MacBride and Kathleen Clarke were arrested in May 1918 and held in British prisons
Margaret (Meg Connery), Mabel Purser, Barbara Hoskins and Margaret Cousins were members of the Irish Women's Franchise League in Dublin who broke windows in Dublin Castle in 1913 and were jailed in Tullamore Jail, Co Offaly. Dublin Castle was the headquarters of the British Government in Ireland and they thought it prudent to remove the women from their support base in Dublin.
Meg Connery from the Irish Women's Franchise League breaks through a police cordon to present Bonar Law (Conservative Party) and Edward Carson (Ulster Unionist Party) a suffrage poster on the steps of Iveagh House, Kildare St, Dublin. In the background Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington (unseen) is apprehended by a member of the Dublin Metropolitan Police.
Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, grand-daughter of Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, talks about Hanna's early life and involvement in the Suffrage movement and her setting up of the Irish Women's Franchise League
David Lloyd George, Liberal Party Statesman and British Prime Minister (1916-1922) addressing an audience indoors
Portrait of Winifred Carney, Irish Republican and Trade Unionist who contested a seat in the 1918 General Election in the Victoria Constituency of Belfast. Carney was disappointed to lose her election registration fee of £150, as she received just 395 votes.
Dr Mary McAuliffe, Gender Studies, UCD talks about the significance of Markievicz's election in December 1918 and her subsequent appointment as Cabinet Minister to the First Dáil in April 1919
Group photo including Countess Markievicz, Kathleen Lynn and Madeleine ffrench-Mullen taken at Liberty Hall on her release from Holloway Jail in March 1919
Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington (Emeritus) NUIG, Galway talks about gender discrimination today and how women should be represented on an equal basis to men in all walks of life
Exhibition funding: The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the Regional Museum Exhibition Scheme 2018
Project Research: Catherine Neville (Richmond Barracks) and Maren Reeder (Public History and Cultural Heritage, TCD)
Project Development: Eadaoin Ní Chléirigh, Catherine Neville
Audio-Visual Exhibition Design: DMW Creative – Heather Dowling Wade, Rob Reid and Rob Molenaar
Online Exhibition Design: Neo-Archaic – Martin Steffens
Image and Video Partners:
IFI Irish Film Archive – Stephen Boylan, Aaron Healy
National Library of Ireland – Berni Metcalfe, Glenn Dunne
Library of Congress
Dublin City Library and Archive – Enda Leaney
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland – Rebecca Geddes, Patrick Reilly
Manchester Library and Archive – Jane Hodkinson
The National Archives of Ireland – Hanne Sheeran, Tom Quinlan
Joe Lee, Filmmaker
Damien Maddock, Photographer
National Library of Ireland
Prison Letters of Countess Markievicz, ed. Esther Roper, Virago (1934 and 1987)
Helga Woggon, Silent Radical, SIPTU (2000)
Google Arts and Culture: Izabela Palinska, Agata Wieczorowska
Special thanks to:
Mary McAulifffe, Gender Studies, UCD
Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, Emeritus, NUI Galway
Kate Manning, UCD Archives