9:00 AM, 08 Dec 2018 - , Boole II lecture Theatre, UCC

A woman shall not be disqualified’: Ireland and the cause of female suffrage

To commemorate the centenary of the 1918 general election, which marked the first occasion on which women were both allowed to vote in a general election (albeit on a more restricted franchise than men), and also to stand as candidates for election, the School of History is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a conference, in association with Cork city and county councils and with assistance from the Creative Ireland Fund, entitled “‘A woman shall not be disqualified’: Ireland and the cause of female suffrage’” on Saturday 8 December – with the draft programme detailed below. It is likely that details of this programme may change between now and the event (most particularly with the addition of a sixth speaker), and further details will be provided closer to the date.

The conference is the latest in its ‘Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution’ series, and, as with all previous such events, is free to all those who wish to attend, with a particular welcome extended to members of the public who would not be part of the traditional UCC community.

Please feel free to make contact with any questions.

Gabriel Doherty






Cork Studies in the Irish revolution

‘A woman shall not be disqualified’:

Ireland and the cause of female suffrage



Boole II Lecture Theatre, University College Cork

Saturday 8 December 2018



  • 20am

Opening remarks

Gabriel Doherty, School of History, University College Cork

  • 30am

Nationalism and suffrage

Liz Gillis, independent scholar

  • 20am

Ulster women: the Union and the vote

Dr Myrtle Hill, visiting research fellow,

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics,

Queen’s University Belfast

  • 10am

The force in force feeding

Meadhbh Murphy, University College Dublin Archives

  • 00pm

Lunch break

  • 40pm

Rosamund Jacob

Leeane Lane, Department of History and Geography,

Dublin City University

  • 30pm


AN Other

  • 20pm

Politicising the Private: the Irish Citizen newspaper and feminism in early twentieth century Ireland

Professor Louise Ryan, University of Sheffield

  • 10pm

Conference closes



Conference organised by the School of History University College Cork, with assistance from Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Creative Ireland programme.

For further information please telephone 021-4902783, email g.doherty@ucc.ie. Please address any correspondence to: ‘Suffrage conference’, School of History, University College Cork.

Organiser: Gabriel Doherty, School of History, University College Cork.

Free - all welcome. Organised by School of History, UCC

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