Wednesday, 19 February 2014
An exploration of Cumann na mBan's role In the Irish War of Independence
The North Clare Historical Society continues its current lecture series on Monday February 24th at 8 p.m. in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, with ‘Pledged as a Rebel: An exploration of Cumann na mBan's role In the Irish War of Independence', a talk by Tomás Mac Conmara, Oral Historian and PhD Candidate at University of Limerick. According to Mac Conmara, “given the unconventional nature of the war, IRA units required both active and passive support from the general population. In many cases communication between companies in the same battalion area was difficult, which elevated the role of Cumann na mBan considerably. They smuggled guns, carried dispatches, organised public meetings, arranged concerts and fundraisers. Much of the activity brought the women in direct confrontation with the British authorities and meant very real danger for them and their families. It is unfortunate that historiography on the period does not sufficiently reflect the key role they played in the struggle for freedom in the country.” The lecture on Monday 24th February will explore Cumann na mBan generally and will also examine the organisation in Clare during the same period. Admission €5.