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Irish suffragettes

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Irish suffragettes

Severity for Suffragettes, Dublin 1912 - The suffrage campaign in both Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom can be divided into two phases, constitutional and militant. The first suffrage society in Ireland was the North of Ireland Society for Women’s Suffrage established in 1872 by Isabella Tod. In 1876 Anna and Thomas Haslam established the Dublin Suffrage Association.

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Severity for Suffragettes, Dublin 1912

The visit of British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith to Dublin in July 1912 was met with defiance from militant suffragettes, on July 19th, a hatchet (around which a text reading “This symbol of the extinction of the Liberal Party for evermore” was wrapped) was thrown at his moving carriage the hatchet missed Herbert Asquith but struck John Redmond, who was travelling in the same carriage, on the arm. There was also a failed attempt at setting fire to the Theatre Royal . A burning chair was thrown from a balcony into the orchestra pit and flammable liquid was spread around the projector box, and an attempt made to set it alight. It caught fire, and exploded once, but was quickly extinguished. The Irish Times, as below, reported the attempt which, in any case was foiled by Sergeant Durban Cooper of the Connaught Rangers who was in attendance

At this moment Sergeant Cooper saw a young woman standing near. She was lighting matches. Opening the door of the cinematograph box, she threw in a lighted match, and then tried to escape. But she was caught by Sergeant Cooper and held by him. She is stated to have then said: “There will be a few more explosions in the second house. This is only the start of it.” (Irish Times, July 19th 1912)

On August 7th 1912 four women- Gladys Evans, Mary Leigh, Jennie Baines (under the nom de guerre Lizzie Baker) and Mabel Capper were sentenced at the Green Street Special Criminal Court in Dublin accused of “having committed serious outrages at the time of the visit of the British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith.” The trial lasted several days during which police came under fire for initially refusing to allow admittance to women. Given the nature of the case, this act was met with steady and mounting pressure until the ban was repealed.


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Name Born Died Information Other
Frances Power Booth

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4 December 1822 5 April 1904 Frances Power Cobbe was an Irish author, social reformer, anti-vivisection activist, and leading women's suffrage campaigner She founded the National Anti-Vivisect in 1898 She was the champion of higher education for women. ??
Eva Selina Gore-Booth

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22 May 1870 30 June 1926 Eva Selina Laura Gore-Booth was an Irish Aurthor,and dramatist, and a committed suffragist, social worker and labour activist she was the sister of Constance Georgine Markievicz . ??
Anna Maria Haslam

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1829 1922 Anna Maria Haslam was a suffragist and a Social Reformer Anna along with husband Thomas founded the Dublin Women's Suffrage Association (DWSA) and was a major figure in the 19th and early 20th-century women’s movement in Ireland. ??
Mary Teresa Hayden

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9 May 1862 12 July 1942 Mary Teresa Hayden was an Irish historian, Irish-language activist and campaigner for women's causes. ??
Kathleen Florence Lynn

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28 January 1874 14 September 1955 Kathleen Florence Lynn was an Irish Sinn Féin politician, activist Suffragette and medical doctor in 1919 she established St Ultan’s Hospital with the help of her friend Madeleine ffrench Mullen. ??
Countess Constance Markievicz

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24 February 1868 15 July 1927 Constance Georgine Markievicz was an Irish Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist the first woman elected to the British House of Commons, formed the first Dáil Éireann. She was also one of the first women in the world to hold a cabinet position. ??
Helena Maloney

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21 December 1886 27 April 1953 Helena Molony was a Suffragette Feminist and Labour activist,Actress, Trade Union Organiser and Journalist. She was also one of the first women in the world to hold a cabinet position. ??
Edith MacBride

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15 January 1883 28 January 1967 Maud Gonne MacBride was an English-born Irish revolutionary, feminist ,Maude led the Inghinidhe na hÉireann ( Daughters of Ireland) which was a radical Irish nationalist women's organisation from 1900 to 1914 ??
Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington

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24 May 1877 20 April 1946 Johanna Mary (Hanna) Sheehy-Skeffington, was a suffragette and Irish nationalist she founded the Irish Women's Franchise League in 1908 she was later a founding member of the Irish Women Workers' Union. ??
Jennie Wyse Power

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1 May 1858 5 January 1941 Jane "Jennie" Wyse Power was an Irish activist, feminist, politician and businesswoman. She was a founder member of Sinn Féin and also of Inghinidhe na hÉireann n. ??





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Irish Women's Franchise League
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Newspaper clipping from “Votes for Women,” August 9th, 1912
Newspaper clipping from “Votes for Women,” August 9th, 1912

Irish suffragettes 1920 New York
Irish suffragettes 1920 New York

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