Dr Ward will give a lecture at the 6th Festival of History – 31st La Touche Legacy Weekend as part of the theme ‘Ireland through the Turbulent 30’s’ on Saturday 14th @ 11.00am

Dr Margaret Ward is a feminist historian whose highly acclaimed book Unmanageable Revolutionaries: Women and Irish Nationalism, first published in 1983, has become a classic text. She has also written biographies of Maud Gonne and Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and edited works on the role of women in nationalist and suffrage movements in Ireland. She is currently Visiting Fellow in History at Queen’s University of Belfast.

Hanna Sheehy Skeffington was the most significant feminist in twentieth-century Ireland – an activist, writer and polemicist of the highest rank. She was an advocate of feminism, socialism, and republicanism.  Her writings – published in Britain and America as well as Ireland – transcended national boundaries.

In this lecture we experience the excitement of the suffrage years, anti-war campaigns, prison experiences, the impact of the brutal killing of her husband, meetings with Prime Minister Asquith and President Wilson, the bitter years of civil war, impressions of Bolshevik Russia, inter-war Europe, her friendship with Constance Markievicz, debates with Sean O’Casey, and her involvement in feminist campaigns against the exclusion of women from public life during the 1930s and 1940s

6th Festival of History – Friday 13th and Saturday 14th 2019: Greystones Golf Club, The Burnaby. Greystones.

Tickets: €30 for all lectures both days and €50 including Dinner on Saturday from kay Coughlan: 01 2876694 or greystonesmd@wicklowcoco.ie

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