Tag Archives: Ireland

Irish Women Rising: Kathleen Clarke (1878 – 1972)

Kathleen Daly was born in County Limerick in 1878 to a  family of strong nationalists; her father and uncle were prominent Fenians (republicans). Kathleen was raised in a home where sacrifice for an independent Ireland was encouraged, and sacrifice to … Continue reading

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Irish Women Rising: Hanna (Johanna) Sheehy Skeffington (1877 – 1946)

Johanna “Hanna” Sheehy Skeffington, a champion of Irish feminism, an active advanced nationalist, and a socialist, was born in County Cork in 1877. She was the oldest child of  Elizabeth (Bessie) Sheehy and David Sheehy, a mill owner, member of … Continue reading

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Irish Women Rising: Margaret Skinnider (1893-1971)

The New York Times called  Margaret Skinnider “the schoolteacher turned sniper,” which was both a testament and a slight to her remarkable life. Born to Irish parents in Scotland, she spent summers in the countryside of County Monaghan as a … Continue reading

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Irish Women Rising: Mollie Gill (1891–1977)

Mollie (or Máire, in Irish) Gill is the first woman featured in our Irish Women Rising blog series who did not come from the well-to-do, Anglo-Irish class. Hailing from an Irish family, Mollie Gill’s life is representative  of thousands of young … Continue reading

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Hidden Gems

While working as a student assistant in the conservation lab of the John J. Burns Library was never something I knew I wanted to do, it has become such an informative part of my career at Boston College. Many who … Continue reading

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Irish Women Rising: Constance Markievicz (1868-1927)

“The history of her family – typical of a hundred and one Anglo-Irish families – pointed the way to only three kinds of life: either she became an ornament , at best graceful, of the little social round that divided … Continue reading

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Irish Women Rising: Maud Gonne (1866 – 1953)

In a letter to her suitor, William Butler Yeats, who complained that he was unhappy without her, Maud Gonne wrote “Oh yes, you are, because you make beautiful poetry out of what you call your unhappiness and you are happy … Continue reading

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