Thursday 25 April 2019

Extraordinary Wicklow women subject of exhibit

An exhibition telling the stories of 13 Wicklow women will open in County Buildings on Monday, December 3.

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 the online community heritage archive 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.

All welcome to attend the launch of the exhibition at 5.30 p.m. on Monday, in County Buildings. The exhibition will run until the end of January 2019.

Wicklow People