St. Patrick’s Festival presents

In Focus: Jennie Wyse Power

With Margaret Ward, Mary Mc Auliffe & Sinéad Mc Coole. Jennie Wyse Power is one the most important figures in modern Irish history, though few know her name.

Her career in activism and politics began with the Ladies Land League in 1881 and ended with the abolition of the Seanad 55 years later. She was a leading nationalist and feminist and was a founding member of Inghindhe na hÉireann, Cumann na mBan and Sinn Féin.

First and foremost Jennie Wyse Power was a committed nationalist. Her 4 Dublin shops sold Irish produce only and Irish was spoken here. Her 1st shop on Henry Street became a rendez-vous point for the who’s-who in Irish nationalism, so much so that the Proclamation of Independence was signed in her living room above the shop. Michael Collins also used the premises as an office while on the run!

She was one of four women nominated to the first Seanad by the President of the Executive W.T. Cosgrave in 1922 and was an outspoken supporter women’s rights throughout her career.

Join 3 of Ireland’s most distinguished feminist historians to discuss the life and career of this remarkable woman.

Dr. Margaret Ward

Dr Margaret Ward is a feminist historian whose highly acclaimed book Unmanageable Revolutionaries: Women and Irish Nationalism, first published in 1983, has become a classic text. She has also written biographies of Maud Gonne and Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and edited works on the role of women in nationalist and suffrage movements in Ireland. She is currently Visiting Fellow in History at Queen's University of Belfast.

Dr. Mary Mc Auliffe

Dr. Mary McAuliffe is Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Gender Studies at UCD, specialising in Irish women's / gender history. She is the co-author on 'We were There: 77 Women of the Easter Rising' (Four Courts, 2016) and co-editor of 'Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising'.

She is currently working on a biography of Margaret Skinnider, 1916 rebel, Cumann na mBan member, trade union and women's rights activist, to be published by UCD Press. Her ongoing project is on gendered and sexual violence during the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, and that will be published in 2020.

Mary has been involved in a number of public history projects including the 1916 exhibitions and commemorative quilt project at Richmond Barracks and 1916 centenary exhibition at the Royal College of Surgeons. She coordinated the 2014 commemoration conference of the centenary of the founding of Cumann na mBan (1914) in association with the Dept of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the WHAI.

Dr. Sinéad Mc Coole

Dr. Sinéad McCoole is the author of many books including Hazel, A Life of Lady Lavery (1996) and No Ordinary Women (1997) and Easter Widows, the untold story of the wives of the executed leaders (2014) and Women 1916-Mná 2016 (2017). She is a member of the Government's Expert Advisory Group on the Decade of Centenaries (2012-to date).

She was Historical Advisor to the 2016 National Commemoration Programme, Curator of Mná 1916. She has curated exhibitions on Irish history & art in both Ireland and the U.S. A Broadcaster and scriptwriter her work includes Guns and Chiffon (2003) and A Father's Letter part of the After '16 Irish Film Board shorts commissioned for the centenary was based on her interviews with Fr. Joe Mallin (1913-2018).