No ordinary women : Irish female activists in the revolutionary years, 1900-1923 / Sinéad McCoole.
By: McCoole, Sinéad.Publisher: Dublin : O'Brien, 2003Description: 288 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0862788137 (hardcover).Subject(s): Kilmainham Gaol -- History | Women -- Ireland -- History -- 20th century | Women revolutionaries -- Ireland -- Biography | Ireland -- History -- Civil War, 1922-1923 -- Biography | Ireland -- History -- Easter Rising, 1916 -- BiographyDDC classification: 941.5082
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 258-278) and index.
Introduction by Margaret Ward -- Foreword: Finding women -- 1. Women activists (1900-1916) -- 2. The women of the Rising -- 3. Women and the road to independence (1917-1921) -- 4. The Civil war (1922-1923) -- Biographies -- Appendix 1: Prisoner list - 1916 -- Appendix 2: Prisoner list - civil war -- Notes -- Bibliography --- Picture credits -- Index.
The story of the Irish revolutionary period in the early twentieth century from the perspective of female activists. This book highlights a time when vast numbers of Irish women were politicised and imprisoned for their beliefs, with a special emphasis on one prison, Kilmainham Gaol. The women portrayed in the book represent all walks of life: shop assistants, doctors, housewives, laundry workers, artists, teachers. There were married women, mothers, single and widowed women and even mere schoolchildren. They played a full role in the revolutions, acting as spies, couriers, snipers, gun-runners, medics, and endured the full rigours of prison life.