Rose McNamara was the commander of the Inghinidhe na hEireann branch of the Cumann na mBan which was based on the south side of the city, actually in this area. This was their area from which many of their recruits came. she would have been one of the older ones born in 1885 her mother was a shop keeper, she joined Inghinidhe na hEireann in 1906 and she went into Cumann na mBan in 1914. Inghinidhe na hEireann were more organised along military branches than the other branches of Cumann na mBan, they had commandant, a quarter master, they had section commander, Rose McNamara was vice commandant, she is the one that brings the Inghinidhe na hEireann branch of Cumann na mBan to Marrowbone lane in 1916, there were 22 of them. And when the surrender comes in 1916, they were told by the commander to put down their guns and sneak away, so they won’t be arrested they refused. Then when the British officer comes, he doesn’t know what to do with them they refused to disperse, they march along to Richmond Barracks, they are not really arrested. They just come along with the arrested soldiers from Marrowbone Lane. They still have their guns on them because they weren’t searched and actually when they come into the married quarters here apparently the stories in the family histories from the women of Marrowbone Lane are that they put the guns up the chimney. They tell the story of comradery and sisterhood. McNamara continues to be active in Cumann na mBan after 1916 fundraising for the national aid and volunteers dependants. During the war of independence, she was promoted captain of Inghinidhe na hEireann, she becomes one of the organisers of a vital thing that Cumann na mBan did during the war of independence, they set up first aid stations in hidden places around the city, they had one in the Dublin mountains as well. They were told by leaders of the IRA of impeding actions that were going to happen, ambushes etc, of course people would get injured, men would get injured, and they can’t really be taken to hospitals because they would be arrested. They were taken to these first aid stations where the Cumann na mBan women are ready to deal with injuries caused by these actions.