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More than friends: Kathleen Lynn. left, founded St Ultan’s Hospital for infants in 1919 with Madeleine ffrench-Mullen, who was considered to be her lover

More than friends: Kathleen Lynn. left, founded St Ultan’s Hospital for infants in 1919 with Madeleine ffrench-Mullen, who was considered to be her lover

More than friends: Kathleen Lynn. left, founded St Ultan’s Hospital for infants in 1919 with Madeleine ffrench-Mullen, who was considered to be her lover

In the 1916 commemorations, women are celebrated as the forgotten heroes of 1916. But there is another hidden history and it concerns women who loved women.

RTE's flagship 1916 drama, Rebellion, has its female leads in thrall to men. Some of the most radical relationships to emerge from that period were between women.


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