Suffragette ejected from Kingstown Fete

Published: 9 July 1913

A large crowd gathered in the People’s Park in Kingstown to attend a fete to raise money for the building of a new home for the Workingmen’s Club in the town. The club has been existence for twenty-five years, and draws its membership from across the community. It is proud of its record of temperance and its opposition to gambling and it is hoped, once the building is constructed, that it will be a key social centre in the town.

The fete opening was addressed by the Lord Lieutenant, but as soon as he began speaking a woman in the crowd shouted out, ‘How dare you come to Kingstown when women are being tortured in prison and subjected to injustices!’. The woman, the well known campaigner for the vote, Mrs Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, was seized by a detective and removed from the park. As she was being removed, the Lord Lieutenant remarked, ‘Are we all right now? One at a time!’ After his speech the crowd enjoyed a range of athletic contests and singing and dancing competitions, while music was provided by the Carriglea Industrial School Band, under the direction of Mr Doyle.

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