To mark the 102nd anniversary of the 1916 Rising the Dublin South 1916 Centenary committee will be hosting a public talk with the historian and author Liz Gillis on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018.

The theme of the talk ‘1918 – From Suffrage to Self-Government – the Fight for Women’s Rights and National Freedom’ promises to be extremely interesting.

1918 was a momentous year for many reasons. After decades of suffragette struggle, some women were permitted to vote in a British general election for the first time. In Ireland that election was the first to occur after the 1916 Rising and thus became a de facto referendum on the issue of Irish freedom.

Many of us know that Constance Markievicz was returned to Westminster as the first ever female member of parliament – a seat she refused take. And that Markievicz went on to become one of the first female government ministers in the world, in the First Dáil Éireann.

But the stories of the many other women who fought for both Ireland’s freedom and women’s freedom are much less well known. We’re hoping that this talk will go some small way to highlight the roles that these trailblazers played in this critical period of our collective history.

The talk will take place in the Pearse Museum in St Enda’s on the Grange Road in Rathfarnham, beginning at 7pm.

To book your place go to https://www.facebook.com/events/707635659624608/

This event is free of charge and open to all. Bígí linn.