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  Irish Revolutionaries 02 November 2004  
Damage following the Easter Uprising in 1916
Many of the women who were instrumental in the struggle for Irish independence had been dismissed as footnotes in the story of the Easter Rising of 1916

When the Irish historian Sinead McCoole started to write about women activists in Ireland at the turn of the century she looked to memorabilia to inform her stories.

Her book No Ordinary Women uses the clothes, badges and autograph books of the day to bring their history to life.

Loretta Murray opened her collection of Irish national mementoes to help Sinead McCoole look back at two of the most famous revolutionaries, Constance Markievicz and Maude Gonne McBride.

This report begins with the recording of Maude Gonne encouraging young Irish women to be serious and not to become flappers!
No Ordinary Women
By Sinead McCoole
Published by University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 0-86278-883-8

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