Marie Coleman will examine the contribution of women to the Rising, focusing on the Irish Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan.

Her talk will pay particular attention to Ulster women activists, assessing the strength of Cumann na mBan in the province and its members' involvement in plans for the Rising.

It will also examine the fallout from the Rising on the wives, widows and other dependants of men who were killed, executed or imprisoned, including Roger Casement's sister, Agnes Newman, who was solely financially reliant on her brother at the time of his death.

The efforts of women who participated in the Rising to gain recognition from the Irish government for their role in the form of pensions and medals will also be considered.

Dr Marie Coleman is a Lecturer in Modern Irish History at Queen's University Belfast.

Her books include County Longford and the Irish Revolution, 1910-1923, The Irish Sweep: A History of the Irish Hospitals Sweepstake, 1930-1987 and The Irish Revolution, 1916-1923. She is currently researching the experience of IRA veterans after the revolution and is involved in a number of commemorative projects linked to the decade of centenaries.

This event is organised by Féile an Phobail as part of their Spring Festival; Féile an Earraigh.

Event Details


Falls Library
Falls Road
BT12 6PD


Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 13:00

Centenary Event