Longford's St Mel's College to host Historical Society lecture on two pioneering women

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St Mel's College will provide the setting for a lecture on Françoise Edgeworth next week, one of the first women to serve on a local council in Ireland.

County Longford Historical Society’s next lecture will be held on Thursday, November 15, when Kitty Hughes will speak on ‘Françoise Edgeworth, Moya Bligh and local politics in Longford’.

Kitty, who is a well-known local historian, has researched the careers of the first two women to serve in local politics in Longford and her talk promises to be fascinating. Françoise Edgeworth, of Edgeworthstown House, was one of the first women to serve on a local council in Ireland.

She became a member of Granard Rural District Council in 1899, when the first councils were elected following the reform of local government. At the next election, in 1902, Moya Bligh, Ballinalee, was returned to serve on the same body.

Please note that the lecture will take place in St Mel’s College. It begins at 8pm. Admission is free-of-charge and all are welcome.