Monday 22 January 2018

Mná na hÉireann - Who are Ireland’s greatest women?

Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson
Edna O’Brien
Katie Taylor

If you were to ask yourself the question, there would probably be a good few names we could reel off that everyone could agree on.

Mary Robinson, Saint Brighid, Countess Marckievicz and Edna O’Brien spring to mind. So do Adi Roche and Marian Keyes. All have lived lives rich in achievement and the country is rightly proud.

But who would you have in mind?

As part of a project celebrating the lives and achievement of great Irish women, we are asking you to suggest the names of those you believe should be included in any list.

You might want to send us a list of 20 names, or you may want to explain the reasoning behind your choice of just one woman. If so, tell us - in a maximum of 75 words - why?

The canvas is broad as you like – but we’re talking people of real substance, women who have broken new ground, inspired, achieved, torn down barriers, written, invented, starred in, played in, taken part in and everything else in between.

Some modern day figures will inevitably feature but this is not about naming celebrities or people who are famous for being famous.

We are interested in marking the achievements of the country’s greatest women from the distant past to the modern era.

Some names may have slipped from the public consciousness - but not from yours. So tell us who they are, what they achieved and why they should be remembered.

From Queen Medb to Katie Taylor, Ireland has produced some of the world’s greatest women. Together, let’s tell their stories.

Email your suggestions to or post your comments below.   

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