Suffragette struggle will be marked at Newcastle West library

first_img Previous articleShannon scores a first for clean fuelNext articleExtension to summer slurry-spreading deadline Alan Jacques Dr Micheline Sheehy-SkeffingtonTO MARK the centenary of Irish women securing the right to vote, Newcastle West library is hosting a special talk on the woman who played a significant part in achieving that goal, Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington.The daughter of Limerick parents, she campaigned tirelessly for women’s rights, for equality between men and women and for women’s right to vote.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Her life and times will be the theme of an illustrated talk in Newcastle West Library this Friday, May 25 by her granddaughter, Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington who has continued the family’s radical tradition. She won a landmark Equality Tribunal case in 2014 when her claim that NUI Galway discriminated against her on gender grounds in a promotion round was upheld.Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington had been politically conscious from childhood, born as she was, the daughter of Irish MP, David Sheehy from Broadford and Elizabeth McCoy from Ballyhahill. David Sheehy was involved in the ill-fated Fenian Rising of 1867, was a supporter of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and became MP for Galway and later for South Meath but took the side against Parnell in the split.Hanna’s uncle, Fr Eugene Sheehy, was known as the Land League priest.Ironically, her father had consistently voted against all female suffrage bills, something that was to shape Hanna’s view that women were marginalised within social movements.Along with her husband, Francis Sheehy-Skeffington and Margaret Cousins, Hanna was a founder member of the Irish Women’s Franchise League in 1909In 1912, Hanna took part in a demonstration in Dublin in protest against the exclusion of voting rights for women in the third Home Rule Bill. She threw rocks at windows in Dublin Castle, a symbolic smashing of male rule, was arrested and subsequently lost her job.She was also a founder member of the Irish Women Workers Union and wrote regularly for the Irish Citizen newspaper which she and her husband established as an organ for progressive ideas. She was anti-Treaty but was unhappy with De Valera’s 1937 Constitution.She believed the constitution maintained the same boundaries for women that the previous ruling elites had and in no way reflected the progressive efforts made by her and her comrades to increase opportunities for Irish women and bring them out of the confines of the kitchen.Hanna felt that independence had been won for Ireland in name, but the wives, daughters and sisters of Ireland saw little change in their prospects.Friday’s talk, which is free of charge, gets underway at 8pm.Read more local news stories here. Linkedin Twitter Limerick landowners urged not to carry out illegal burning of land Advertisement Print Facebook Email Patrickswell women get to the heart of the matter center_img NewsLocal NewsSuffragette struggle will be marked at Newcastle West libraryBy Alan Jacques – May 23, 2018 1159 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGScountyIrish Women’s Franchise LeagueLimerick CountyNewcastle Westnewcastle west librarysuffragette Newcastle West Gardaí move Heartbroken publicans call time on their Covid lockdown WhatsApp Man and woman arrested after Gardaí seize cash and suspected drugs worth more than €28,000 Free admission to Desmond Castle last_img read more