Dr. Marie Coleman, from Queens University Belfast will lead this exploration on the lives of 4 significant women who were heavily involved in the 1916 Rising: 

  • Winifred Carney – born in Bangor, she was a suffragist, trade unionist and activist in the Irish independence movement.  She grew up on the Falls Road in Belfast and became James Connolly’s personal secretary in 1912 when she was in charge of the Irish Textile Workers Union. She was alongside Connolly in the GPO during the Easter Rising in 1916. In 1928, she married George McBride, an Orangeman and former member of the UVF. 

  • Elizabeth and Nell Corr – she and her sister Nell Corr were two of the six Cumann na mBan members who travelled from Belfast to Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, on Easter Sunday. They had heard that the Rising had been called off and went to Dublin to see James Connolly. 

  • Nora Connolly O’Brien – the second daughter of James Connolly, she lived in Belfast from 1907 – 1911 before moving to Dublin where she founded the Young Republican Party. Following the Easter Rising, she served 3 terms as a Senator in the Irish Seanad.

Following the talk, Kabosh will present a short drama celebrating the political passion of Winifred Carney and Elizabeth Corr.

Light refreshments will be served at 6.30pm.

This event is organised by Belfast City Council.

Event Details


Banqueting Hall, Belfast City Hall
Donegall Square South


Thursday, September 22, 2016 -
18:30 to 21:00

Centenary Event

Tickets and further information

This event is free, however registration is required. 

To book a place email goodrelations@belfastcity.gov.uk or call 028 90270 663