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October 27, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In this decade of centenaries there is another important milestone in our national history in 2018. This marks the centenary since women were first granted the right to vote nationally in Ireland. With this anniversary in mind, our walking tour explores the places and stories associated with the the Irish women’s suffrage movement.
The guided tour will be approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes long, depending on questions, walking speed etc. There are no official rest stops, but there are a few stops which have low walls and benches to rest on if anyone needs to use them.
The guided tour centres around the suffrage centenary and some of the buildings used by the suffragettes in their movement. It starts half way up Pearse Street, the Academy building, opposite the Science Gallery and ends at Ely Place (connecting back to Margaret Cousins and the occult meetings that took place there). There is a great story of Countess Markievicz appearing as the ghost of Joan of Arc to a suffragette in prison in the scene of a suffrage play that took place in a demolished building on Molesworth – image: http://catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls00064355
Margaret Cousins is one of the characters in our story: She married James Cousins, an aspiring poet and playwright. At their wedding banquet Margaret announced her commitment to vegetarianism, as practised by her husband, and was later appointed honorary secretary of the Irish Vegetarian Society.
At a time when women usually gave up their jobs after getting married, Margaret decided to maintain her independence and worked part-time as a music teacher. She became familiar with many of the leading literary figures in Dublin, among them WB Yeats, James Joyce and George Russell, with whom Margaret and her husband shared an interest in theosophy. She experimented with automatic writing and astrology, and acted as a medium at séances in her home. She joined the Irish Women’s Suffrage and Local Government Association and later founded the militant, non-party-affiliated Irishwomen’s Franchise League with Hanna Sheehy Skeffington another character in our story. Margaret regularly addressed its open-air meetings in Dublin and around the country.
The Suffragette Walk is facilitated by Maeve Casserly, Historian-in-Residence, Dublin South-East, Dublin City Council. Places are limited so please reserve your place. Bookings; firstname.lastname@example.org