12 Aug 2022

Women's fight for independence in 1916

“So, when we were looking at women’s history we realised that women didn’t feature all that much and we thought why don’t we do something to write women back into history.”

From that point, the seeds for ‘The Unsung Heroines: Longford Women and the 1916 Rising’ were sewn and everyone got onboard.

There were two performances at Barney’s in Longford town last Thursday afternoon and the production raised the roof on the day.  

“We did some research and then we got the witness statement from the Bureau of Military Archives and the script began to take hold,” added Noirín who was speaking about how the ideal for the play developed.  

“It was very exciting for all of us who were involved and what was particularly good about all of this was the inspiration for all of us that emerged.

“Women back then were far more militant than we are today and I think that they have really taught us a lot about tactics.

“Maybe we could do with a lot more radicalism and militancy to try and change things more quickly.  All of this makes you start to think about yourself more and indeed our own role as women; it is easy to take from their strength and be inspired.”



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