The Role of Women in 1916 Conference

Ballinasloe Library

The Role of Women in 1916 with specific focus on Cumann na mBan


Ballinasloe Library, Fairgreen, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

Saturday, 15th October 2016

Full details are available HERE

10.00 am – 10.30am Registration & Tea/Coffee

10.30 am – 10.45am Welcome by Cllr Michael Connolly, Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council

10.45 am -11.30am “Cumann na mBan – Neither Handmaidens or Camp Followers” by Sinead McCoole

11.30 am -12.15pm “Sources for the study of revolutionary women: The Women in the Military Service Pensions Collection 1916-1923” by Cécile Gordon

12.15 pm – 12.45pm “The Mná 2016 Project” by Anne Carey & Áine Ní Shioradáin

12.45 pm -1.00pm Questions & Answers

1.00 pm – 2.00pm Lunch

2.00 pm – 3.15pm Aeraíocht

3.15 pm – 3.30pm Tea/Coffee

3.30 pm – 4.00pm “Ada English – A revolutionary doctor” by Pat Johnston

4.00 pm – 4.45pm “Women emerging from the Shadows…? Cumann na mBan in an historical perspective” by Dr Conor McNamara

4.45pm – 5.00pm Questions and Answers & Concluding Remarks


Mná 2016 – Women’s Stories and Emblems 1916 – 2016

This exhibition tells the story of eight women, with west of Ireland connections – Peg Broderick, Brigid O’Mullane, Eileen Costelloe, Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, and Lily and Lolly Yeats – told in panels and a timeline of Irishwomen’s activities.

Clarinbridge Cumann na mBan Exhibition

This exhibition comprises of display panels that seeks to give an insight into Cumann na mBan and some of the local women who were involved in the organisation.


The Aeraíocht which is co-ordinated by Jo Vahey, Executive Librarian, is a presentation and celebration of the cultural traditions of the county in music, song, dance and poetry, with a range of world-class musicians, singers and dancers taking to the stage.

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