What Did the Women Do Anyway?

This was a dismissive comment originally made to a founder of Cumann na mBan In Cork, Lil Conlon.  Years later, the comment also annoyed members of the Shandon Area History Group.  The result was Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Times published in 2019 by the Shandon Area History Group. This ground breaking publication reveals some of the hidden pages … Continue reading What Did the Women Do Anyway?

The remarkable Wallace sisters.

Documentary on One – The Little Shop of Secrets by Bill Murphy.Saturday July 18th at 1pm on Radio 1. In the early decades of the last century two sisters, Nora and Sheila Wallace, ran a small newsagents in the centre of Cork City. However, their customers were unaware that when they bought their Irish Times or Cork … Continue reading The remarkable Wallace sisters.

Miss Mary: the Quiet Heroine! – The Story of Mary Elmes

Mary Elmes was born on 5th May 1908 at Cul Greine, 120 Blackrock Road in Cork. Edward Elmes, her father was originally from Waterford and her mother was Elizabeth Waters from Cork. The family ran a pharmacy at 4 Winthrop Street, in the heart of Cork city, were prosperous and lived in Ballintemple near Blackrock. The … Continue reading Miss Mary: the Quiet Heroine! – The Story of Mary Elmes

La Pasionaria – the story of Dolores Ibárruri

Dolores Ibarruri (La Pasionaria) -addressing a huge rally at Madrid in 1936. On Friday 4th August at 2.15, local historian, Anne Twomey will speak of the life of Dolores Ibárruri known as “La Pasionaria”, the Passion Flower. This talk forms part of an afternoon and evening of events devoted to an examination of the issues … Continue reading La Pasionaria – the story of Dolores Ibárruri

The Revolutionary Women of Cork’s Northside 1916-1923

On Wednesday evening, the 3rd August, Anne Twomey of the Shandon Area History Group will speak on the above topic at the 2017 Spirit of Mother Jones summer school. Anne Twomey of Shandon Area History Group speaking at last year's Spirit of Mother Jones Festival The recent celebrations of the 1916 Rising were marked by … Continue reading The Revolutionary Women of Cork’s Northside 1916-1923