Irish Examiner columnist, author and collector of stories. Tweets daily about women from history.

Joined November 2014
#ThroughHerEyes It's launch day for 'Her Keys to the City'. I'm fizzing with excitement and so privileged to have been involved in a project that honours 80 of the women who made Dublin the city is it today. Some snippets: Dr Kathleen Lynn slept in the open air on a balcony for
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Happy #WorldTeachersDay! 🧑‍🏫 Here is Miss Crowe and Mr Gildea with their #pupils at Kilglass National #School, Ahascragh, Co. #Galway, circa 1902. Most of the children are barefoot; catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls….
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Take a trip down memory lane to the glory days of the 1,200 seat #Drumcondra Grand, which opened in 1934 and formed part of a small circuit of #suburban cinemas. @HistFest talk tomorrow, Thursday 6th October @ 6.30pm in Drumcondra Library @dubcilib dublinfestivalofhistory.ie/e…
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#ThroughHerEyes What a great yarn! Inventor Emily Davenport cut her silk wedding dress into strips to insulate iron wire windings.
Emily Davenport US inventor. Invented electric motor & electric locomotive c.1834 with husband. Cut silk wedding dress into strips to insulate iron wire windings. Credited w' idea of using mercury as conductor, enabling motor to function d #OTD 5 Oct 1862 bit.ly/3DTllpx
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#ThroughHerEyes A true pioneer who opened the way for women's history in Ireland.
Remembering Margaret Mac Curtain - a foundation stone of Ireland's fight for equality, justice, diversity & human rights - on her 2nd anniversary A lifelong feminist, brave activist, pioneering educator, lone crusader, progressive citizen, troublemaker Truly inspirational friend
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The gorgeous Sheela na Gig at Behy, Co Sligo. Locally she's said to bestow fertility on women who rub her vulva. Because she's painted, the rubbed area is obvious. She's remarkably well preserved cos she lives in a shed and is guarded by a brown bull!
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2,000 Ryanair jobs is good, right? But isn't air travel bad for the environment? Thank heavens for F Scott Fitzgerald who said 'The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function
Clodagh Finn: Is an extra 2,000 Ryanair jobs the good-news story we think it is? irishexaminer.com/opinion/co…
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If you care about injustice please raise your voice for Thalidomide survivors who 60 years on are still fighting…most of their mothers have sadly died never having received an apology or acknowledgment that this was not their fault
“We are now 60 years of age. As the years go on we are left with the impression that the State is only waiting for us to die, without any intention of meeting with us or coming up with a fair and just settlement." – Jacqui Browne, @abrihouse Irish thalidomide survivor.”
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#ThroughHerEyes Estella Solomons (1882-1968), nationalist, Cumann na mBan member and leading artist who painted many revolutionary and cultural figures of her time. She and her husband Seumas O'Sullivan, editor of Dublin Magazine, hosted an informal literary salon in their home.
Estella Solomons: Still Moments From @NGIreland 3 Sept – 8 Jan '23 A free exhibition of works by Estella Solomons. A committed nationalist and member of Cumann na mBan, she painted many portraits of leading revolutionary and cultural figures. tinyurl.com/4na5uxf6
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As it has been said: Love and a cough cannot be concealed. Even a small cough. Even a small love - Anne Sexton Died on this day, in 1974
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The Veiled Virgin by Italian sculptor Giovanni Strazza. Carved in the 1850s, the veil gives it the appearance of being translucent but is marble. bit.ly/3x6sXij
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The first of a six-part series where @FinnClodagh shares the stories of the women who changed Ireland for the better - looking at Cork-born feminist and social justice advocate Anna Haslam irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/…
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#ThroughHerEyes Huge thanks to @estread at the @irishexaminer for commissioning a new six-part series on the women who changed Ireland for the better. Here's the first Changemaker: Cork-born Quaker Anna Haslam who fought for women’s rights & so much more irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/…
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Our second episode -- "Grace Marks" -- drops in three days. @JaneGVMcGaughey tells the story of the Irish teenager convicted of a double-murder that made her (in)famous in 19th century Canada. You might know her best from the novel Alias Grace by the legendary @MargaretAtwood
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#ThroughHerEyes Margaret ‘Meg’ Connery (1879-1956), Westport, Red Cross volunteer, Irish Linen Workers Union activist, window-breaker and suffragist who went to London with Hanna Sheehy Skeffington to heckle Winston Churchill. As a founding member of the Irish Women's Franchise
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League and regular demonstrator and rock-thrower, she was regularly arrested and jailed. She made her case fearlessly to one judge, saying she had been driven to smash windows because of the ‘intolerable grievances under which women had to live’. In the eyes of the State ‘she
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was an outlaw; she was not a person.’ The photo shows her trying to give suffragist literature to Bonar Law (left) and Edward Carson (right) in 1912.
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#ThroughHerEyes Remembering Albert Cashier, born Jennie Hodgers in Co Louth, who enlisted in the Union Army in Company G, 95th Illinois Infantry in August 1862. Medical examinations were so crude that it was said army policy was not to test eyes, but simply to count them.
Born Jennie Hodgers in Clogherhead, Albert Cashier was one of more than 400 documented cases of soldiers who were born female but enlisted as men to fight in the American Civil War. He was buried with full military honours in 1915. dib.ie/biography/cashier-alb… #DIBLives #NewEntries
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Seeing your book on sale 10,000 miles from where it started is... really something special.
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Art was especially impressive in the Botanic gardens today.🍁🍂🍁🍂 #lovindublin #AutumnVibes
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