Today marks 100 years since the first women were called to the Bar of Ireland.

On 1 November 1921, Frances Kyle and Averil Deverell were subsequently the first women to be called in both Ireland and the UK.

Ms Deverell was also the first woman on both islands to practise as a barrister, after she studied law in Trinity College Dublin and later at King's Inns.

She was the second woman called to the bar in 1921 after Ms Kyle, alongside 18 men, one of whom was her twin brother, Captain William Deverell.

At the Bar, Ms Deverell became a campaigner for gender equality and worked tirelessly to promote the view that women were equally competent to carry out the same work as men.

She remained active in her career, practicing for more than 40 years, appearing in many cases and giving numerous written opinions on tangled legal subjects.

She later became known as 'Mother of the Bar', mentoring a number of women lawyers and continuing to advocate gender equality in the profession.

Commenting on the centenary, Chair of the Council of The Bar of Ireland Maura McNally said: "We are reminded more than ever of their invaluable work and contribution to The Bar, as well as the wider justice field.

"Following Deverell's 40-year career and at the time of her passing in 1979, women still represented only 10% of the Bar and only one female senior counsel.

"While progress has been made, this centenary reminds us and prompts us that there is more work to be done in achieving gender balance in the legal more gender balance in the legal profession."

Ms McNally added that 37% of the Bar are currently female and 44% of new entrants this year are female.

"Although 67 senior counsel members are female, this represents just 17% of all senior counsel," she said.

The Bar of Ireland is marking this centenary by commissioning the restoration of Ms Deverell’s grave in her native Greystones, Co Wicklow.

It also unveiled a public graphic installation at the premises at Church Street in Dublin.

It also launched of campaign to improve the visual representation of female role models, through the commissioning of a portrait, which will hang at the Honorable Society of King's Inns.