Second of a programme of lectures on the Irish Revolution by The People's College. Dr. Ann Matthews lecture is entitled The Myth of Gender Equality, Women revolutionaries in The Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan in the rising of 1916
The years of the Irish Revolution were also transformative years for Irish women. Women nationalist revolutionaries played a central role in the Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War. In some quarters the anti-Treaty activists in Cumann na mBan were blamed for the 1922-23 conflict. Citizen Army women in particular have long been held up as models of gender equality. Historian Ann Mathews questions this assumption.
Dr. Ann Mathews lectures in NUI Maynooth. She is specialist on women's history in early 20th century Ireland, especially during the Irish revolution and its aftermath. She is the author of Renegades Irish Republican Women 1900-1922 and 'Dissidents' Irish Republican Women 1923-41.
This is the first of a programme of lectures on the Irish Revolution by The People's College. Brian Crowley's lecture posed the question of why Patrick Pearse, one of the leading cultural nationalists and educationalists of his day, was willing to support Home Rule in 1914 but at Easter 1916 was proclaimed the President of the Irish Republic declared by the republican insurgents.
The lecture was delivered in the INTO building on Parnell Square on the 5th of February 2014.
Brian Crowley is the curator of the Pearse Museum in St Enda's in Rathfarnham in Dublin.
He is the author of Patrick Pearse -- A Life in Pictures.