Diverse contributions of women in the revolutionary period documented on Mná 100 – a free online resource for the Decade of Centenaries

Visit www.mna100.ie this International Women’s Day

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, encourages engagement with the Mná 100 online resource and has outlined commemorative plans for the year ahead which will raise the profile of women during the revolutionary period.

Minister Martin said:

“Mná 100 has gone from strength to strength these past few months and I encourage everyone to engage with this valuable resource as we continue our Decade of Centenaries Programme. Mná100, working collaboratively with our National Cultural Institutions, our Local Authorities and the international community, has produced a range of content in a variety of mediums to highlight the role of women during this commemorative period and has a full programme planned for 2022.” 

“This online platform brings a range of women to the fore with unique yet universal stories. This International Women’s Day, I encourage everyone to use this resource to learn more about women from our shared past whose stories will resonate and inspire. There is a myriad of rich content available which highlights the role of women in this current period of commemoration- from online seminars on the international experience of women’s lives past and present to the innovative podcast series, which includes reflection and insight from contemporary artists”. 

Also this month, Europeana will feature an article about Mná100 on their website https://pro.europeana.eu/.  Europeana is Europe’s platform for digital cultural heritage.  This platform gives easy access to a range of cultural heritage for education, research, creation and recreation.

Marijke Everts, who coordinates Europeana’s Women’s History Month campaign, said: 

“Each year, Europeana marks Women’s History Month by sharing collections, projects and stories which celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and today. In doing so, we aim to reflect the diversity of Europe. Our article highlights the important role of Mná100 in bringing the stories of Irish women’s history to the forefront.”

2022 will see a range of key centenary moments commemorated in different ways, all accessible on www.mna100.ie.

On 13 March 1922, Cumann na Saoirse had its inaugural meeting, formed of those whose supported the establishment of the Irish Free State. The meeting in the Mansion House was presided over by Jennie Wyse Power. Ali Morris will share her expertise and new insights on the contribution of Jennie Wyse Power by taking us on a walk through the historic Mansion House one hundred years on. This will be shared on Mná100.ie and St Patrick’s Festival TV.

In April, Mná 100, in partnership with Cork City Council and library services, will host a public conversation in Cork City Library, Grand Parade, to examine how ‘ordinary people’ recalled events. The event will be hosted by Mná 100 on the 100th anniversary of the ‘Cork Manifesto’ which issued on 6th April 1922.  It will have a special focus on first-hand accounts of those days in Cork from the papers of Lil Conlon, author of Cumann na mBan and the Women of Ireland, (1969) housed in Cork Public Museum. This event will also be live streamed and will encourage active audience participation.

The fourth episode of the Mná 100 Centenary Podcast Seeking Peace examines those Peace Delegations of May and June 1922 which were led by women, including Kathleen Clarke and Maud Gonne MacBride. Speakers will discuss the influence of the women involved in these peace seeking initiatives as well as their own experiences of leadership and peace building.

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