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Monday 15 July 2019

Commemorating women's votes

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Liadh Hurley pictured with Sabina Higgins, wife of President Michael D Higgins, at a recent invitation to UCC to celebrate 100 years of women voting
Liadh Hurley pictured with Sabina Higgins, wife of President Michael D Higgins, at a recent invitation to UCC to celebrate 100 years of women voting
The fourth years and their teacher Mr Quill who were granted a once in a lifetime opportunity recently as they were invited to a conference in UCC marking the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote in Ireland

John Delea

The fourth years and their teacher Mr Quill were granted a once in a lifetime opportunity recently, write Ciara O' Donovan, Eva Slattery and Rashida Fernando of St Mary's Macroom.

They were invited to a conference in UCC marking the 100-year anniversary of women's right to vote in Ireland. This day remembered the woman who put their lives on the line to gain suffrage for all women in Ireland. The main topic of this conference was equality for women and the girls were extremely lucky to be part of such a momentous occasion

One girl, in particular, will always remember the special day. Liadh Hurley had the opportunity to speak at this conference about a project she composed about Hanna Sheehy Skeffington.

She then presented her project to Sabina Higgins. Liadh did the school proud with a brilliant presentation and even had an interview of her own which appeared on RTÉ news. She mentioned the lack of women in the Dáil and how only 20 per cent of the positions in the Dáil are held by women. When asked what her highlight was, Liadh said: "Meeting Sabina and all the other inspirational woman who feel so strongly about women's rights was definitely the highlight for me".

Other girls who attended the event said they were "honoured and privileged" to be part of such an event. They even dressed in the typical clothing of the time. One girl stated "In another 100 years, people will look back at this event and I can proudly say I was part of it."

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