Sunday 21 October 2018

Ambassador to commemorate 'forgotten patriot' Anna Parnell

 

Ceremony: National Women’s Council chair Ellen O’Malley Dunlop. Photo: Damien Eagers
Ceremony: National Women’s Council chair Ellen O’Malley Dunlop. Photo: Damien Eagers
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

The Irish Ambassador to the UK will join a host of historians and dignitaries who will lay a wreath in memory of "forgotten" Irish patriot and pioneering activist Anna Parnell tomorrow in Devon.

Ambassador Adrian O'Neill and National Women's Council of Ireland chair Ellen O'Malley Dunlop will be among the dignitaries at the graveside of Ms Parnell, the youngest sister of Irish nationalist Charles Stewart Parnell.

Ms Parnell was the leader of the Ladies Land League but died at the age of 59 on September 20, 1911, under the assumed name Cerisa Palmer after cutting ties with her brother, whom she regarded as a traitor for signing the Kilmainham Treaty.

She tragically drowned after being swept out to sea at the Tunnel Beaches baths in Ilfracombe, Devon.

However she left behind an incredible legacy despite being "almost forgotten by those she had helped in her native country", according to the ambassador.

"It is fitting that we celebrate the extraordinary Irish women who championed justice and social progress and who paved the way for those who followed. Anna defied contemporary convention by leading the Ladies Land League, the first mass political movement of women in Ireland," he said.

Irish Independent

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