Wednesday 18 October 2017

New women's museum opens in temporary home

From Left, Sinead Mercier, Aine Kelly, Ciara Greene and Louise Fitzgerald in period dress at the launch of the campaign for a permanent home for the new Women’s Museum of Ireland
From Left, Sinead Mercier, Aine Kelly, Ciara Greene and Louise Fitzgerald in period dress at the launch of the campaign for a permanent home for the new Women’s Museum of Ireland

THE first Women's Museum of Ireland has opened in Trinity College despite not having a permanent home.

The museum was the brainchild of college friends Jean Sutton and Kate Cunningham because they believe there is a "lack of recognition of women's history" in Ireland.

"We want to highlight the impact of Ireland's women writers, politicians, artists, entrepreneurs and change makers on the nation's history. There is no dedicated museum in Ireland," explained Ms Cunningham.

However, she explained that, despite there being positive feedback to the museum, they have yet to find a building that will house the museum on a permanent basis.

"We've given ourselves a three-year target on finding a permanent home for the museum.

"We've applied for lots of various grants and we will be setting up a private donation campaign so we are hoping to get state and international funding in the future."

Irish Independent

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