In association with UCD Gender studies, a conference on Gender, Class and Politics 1918-2018 will take place at Richmond Barracks on 11th & 12th May to commemorate the centenary of the election of Constance Markievicz, as first female M.P. in December 1918.

Conference opens on Friday 11th May at 6.30pm with key note addresses by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Lauren Arrington, poetry performance by Sarah Clancy and music performances by Grammy winning singer-songwriter Susan McKeown accompanist Ger Kiely (guitar) and Songs in the Key of D, followed by book launch, of Sonja Tiernan‘s Eva Booth-Gore: Collected Poems (Arlen House) and drinks reception.

Panel Discussions and workshops taking place on Saturday 12th May from 10am to 4pm.


You must register for the conference if you wish to attend workshops (max 30 per workshop).

Cost: €20.00 / €10.00 (Student/OAP/Unwaged)

Lunch and tea/coffee included in registration fee.


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Programme – Saturday 12th May

History Panel

10.00 – 11.30am – Gender, Class and Politics in Revolutionary Ireland featuring historians: Louise Ryan, Sonja Tiernan, Therese Moriarty and Mary McAuliffe


Women and History Workshops – how to research, write and commemorate women in Irish History


Workshop 1: ‘Collecting Voices, Oral Histories, Folklore and Finding Women’ (facilitator: Kelly Fitzgerald)

Workshop 2: ‘Using Material and Visual Culture to write Women into History’ (facilitator: Donna Gilligan)

Workshop 3: The Poetry of Eva Gore-Booth (facilitator: Rosangela Barone)



Workshop 4: Families, Memoirs and Local Histories (facilitator: Liz Gillis)

Workshop 5: ‘The Men here don’t begin to talk to a girl until they’re beginning to talk to themselves’ – a guide to researching women in rural Ireland (facilitator: Ailbhe Rogers)

Workshop 6: The Importance of Remembering Women: practical guide to memorial campaigns and exhibitions (facilitator: Therese Cafferty)


Activist Panel

2.30-4.00pm – Women in contemporary Ireland: Gender, Class and Activism a conversation with activists: Sinéad Kennedy, Lynn Ruane, Eileen Flynn and Niamh McDonald