Ireland and the First World War

Ireland and the First World War

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Women and the First World War

Women’s Studies Seminar – Sat. 1st March, 2014

Kane GO1 at 10.00 a.m. (registration from 9.30 a.m.)


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All Welcome

Location: UCC Kane Building G01

Session 1 (Chair Dr Clare O’Halloran)

10:00 Seminar opening

Poetry reading by Eadaoin O'Donaghue:


Munition Wages by Madeline Ida Bedford

Hallow-e’en 1915 by Winifred M. Letts (1916)


10:15 – 11:25: Panel 1: Women and Forms of Work

Dr Mary Muldowney: ‘Unsuitable work for women’. Employment in munitions and railways during the First World War.

Dr John Borgonovo (UCC) Unionists, Nationalists, and Separation Women:  The Mobilisation of Cork Women, 1914-1918.

Dr Sandra McAvoy (UCC) Relief Work in a War Zone: Cork Suffragist Susanne Day’s Experience.

11:25 – 11:30 short break


Session 2 (Chair Maeve O’Riordan)

11:30 – 12:05 Keynote Speaker


Rosemary Cullen-Owens: 'WOMEN OF EUROPE, WHEN WILL YOUR CALL RING OUT?' Appeal by Louie Bennett in Jus Suffragii, 1 March 1915, (Journal of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance).

12:05 -12:20: Break

Teas and coffees will be served


Session 3 (Chair Dr Sandra McAvoy)

12:20 – 1:10 Panel 2: Women and remembrance

Maeve O’Riordan (UCC): ‘I read the Times every day’: Lady Inchiquin’s First World War experience.

Dr Clodagh Tait (Mary Immaculate College): Landscapes of loss: mourning and memory in an east Cork parish.

1:10 – 1:30 The Diary of Mary Martin

Rachel Murphy MA (UCC): We have started saying the rosary together for you every night’: A Mother’s Perspective on the First World War, based on The Diary of Mary Martin 1916, a Digital Project.

Close of event


Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution:

Ireland and the First World War: ‘in defence of right, of freedom, and of religion’?

University College Cork, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January 2014


Download conference programme here Ireland and the First World War (84kB)

The History Show - RTÉ Radio 1 (download a podcast of this programme from Sunday 19 January)




Conference organised by the School of History University College Cork, with generous assistance from the Research Fund, School of History, University College Cork, and the Reconciliation Fund of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.




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