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Friday 19 July 2019

Thirteen Wicklow women celebrated

Cllr Mary Kavanagh, Lorraine Newsome, Siobhan Curran, John Giles,trustee of the Sunbeam House Trust, and Delwen Giles, Sunbeam House Trust, at the opening of Our Wicklow Women at County Buildings, Wicklow town. Photos: Paul Messitt
Cllr Mary Kavanagh, Lorraine Newsome, Siobhan Curran, John Giles,trustee of the Sunbeam House Trust, and Delwen Giles, Sunbeam House Trust, at the opening of Our Wicklow Women at County Buildings, Wicklow town. Photos: Paul Messitt
Educate Together pupils Rebeka Radmanic, Molly Warren, Camilla Fermo, Holly Lewis and Niamh Hughes
Janet Fitzpatrick, great-granddaughter of pioneering Arklow seafarer Kate Tyrell

Deborah Coleman

An exhibition telling the stories of 13 Wicklow women is currently on show at County Buildings and runs until the end of January 2019.

This year marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which extended for the first time the right to vote (suffrage) to women, albeit with certain restrictions.

In commemoration of this centenary, the Wicklow Heritage Forum, through Our Wicklow Heritage, made a public appeal earlier this year for stories relating to Our Wicklow Women.

Stories were invited of Wicklow women who have made a difference in our community: stories of success, struggle, or of quiet diligence.

The reaction has been amazing and all the tales submitted have been published on our online community heritage archive www.countywicklowheritage.org

They cover a wide geographical spread and encompass a vast spectrum of activity and achievement.

A selection of these, consisting of 13 individual stories, has been compiled into an Our Wicklow Women exhibition.

This features Mairin Cregan, Jenny Wyse Power, Lizzie Le Blond, Theodosia Blachford, Lucinda Sullivan, Kate Tyrrell, Maria Curran, Averil Deverell, Josephine Heffernan, Elizabeth Smith, Ninette De Valois, Eliza Davis and Anna Parnell.

For more information contact Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council, on 0404 20100 or dburns@wicklowcoco.ie

Our Wicklow Heritage is a member of Irish Community Archive Network (ICAN) and is co-ordinated by the heritage, archives and library services of Wicklow County Council through the Wicklow Heritage Forum.

This project is carried out in association with ICAN as part of European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 and forms part of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan programme and Wicklow's Creative Ireland programme.

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