Saturday 10 December 2016

1916 conference celebrating role of women gets underway at Constance Markievicz's home

Greg Harkin

Published 12/05/2016 | 16:19

Countess Constance Markievicz Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Countess Constance Markievicz Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A three-day conference celebrating the role of women in 1916 gets underway at the ancestral home of Constance Markievicz tomorrow.

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Barrister couple Constance Cassidy and Eddie Walsh will open up Lissadell House for the unique conference.

A style revolution: Constance Markievicz poses in her rebel attire.
A style revolution: Constance Markievicz poses in her rebel attire.

Veteran broadcaster Olivia O'Leary is chairing the conference, which features the most erudite of Ireland's top women's historians including Dr Sonja Tiernan, Dr Margaret Ward, Dr Eve Morrison, Dr Laura McAtackney, Dr Lauren Arrington, and also Anne Haverty, the prize wining novelist, who has written on Countess Markievicz.

“Surprisingly this appears to be the only national event truly focusing on how our grandmothers and their generation played such a vital part in the creation of Ireland as we know it today,” said Constance Cassidy today.

“We feel it is appropriate that this conference be hosted in Lissadell, the home of Countess Constance Markievicz, who played such a pivotal role as revolutionary, parliamentarian, advocate for Ireland's freedom, women's rights and defender of the poor.”

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