RTÉ Commemorations 2014: Cumann na mBan - Forgotten Women of Revolution
Máire Comerford with other Cumann na mBan women circa 1920. She worked as a Sinn Féin propagandist during the War of Independence Photo: RTÉ Stills Library

RTÉ Commemorations 2014: Cumann na mBan - Forgotten Women of Revolution


On 2 April 1914, over 100 women gathered in Dublin to discuss the role of women in the lead-up to revolution.

They became Cumann na mBan - an organisation whose role in achieving Irish independence is almost forgotten.

The meeting, at Wynn's Hotel, was presided over by Agnes O'Farrelly.

The first provisional committee of Cumann na mBan included Agnes MacNeill, Nancy O’Rahilly, Mary Colum, Jenny Wyse Power, Louise Gavan Duffy and Elizabeth Bloxham.

They adopted a constitution which stated their aims were:

- To Advance the cause of Irish liberty
- To organise Irish women in the furtherance of that objective
- To assist in arming and equipping a body of Irish men for the defence of Ireland
- To form a fund for these purposes to be called the ‘Defence of Ireland Fund’.

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The centenary also featured prominently in RTÉ Radio 1's output over the past week.

Brian Lally reports for Drivetime from the State commemoration of the centenary of the foundation of Cumann na mBan

Marian Finucane is joined by Dr Margaret Ward, Kay Sheehy and Ann Matthews to discuss the foundation of Cumann na mBan


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