Friday 30 September 2016

Women revolutionaries become poster girls for fleet of 650 buses

Ciara Treacy

Published 08/03/2016 | 02:30

Olwen Jennings as 1916 revolutionary ‘Kathleen Lynn’ with
one of the ‘Women of the Rising’ buses. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Olwen Jennings as 1916 revolutionary ‘Kathleen Lynn’ with one of the ‘Women of the Rising’ buses. Photo: Naoise Culhane

The message of the women involved in the 1916 Rising will travel across the country on a fleet of 650 buses as part of a campaign marking International Women's Day.

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Bus Éireann and the Royal Irish Academy have together launched 'Women of the Rising' to commemorate six leading female participants from 1916.

The figures, including Countess Markievicz and Elizabeth O'Farrell, will be profiled on board buses in the regions they are most associated with, on 650 buses nationwide.

A 75-seater double decker bus featuring an image of all six women, with illustrations from artist David Rooney, will be used on the Dublin to Ashbourne, Co Meath, route.

"As a company we felt it was important to be involved in an initiative that shone a light on individuals - who were lesser known - but whose major contributions and sacrifices, helped shape our nation 100 years ago," explained Nicola Cooke of Bus Éireann.

Royal Irish Academy managing editor Ruth Hegarty said the women's "different life stories give a broader picture of the people who were involved in the Rising".

Bus Éireann also launched a drive to recruit more women.

Irish Independent

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