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Cumann na mBan


“Supported by the Department of Tourism,  Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.”

Author and Historian Eoin Swithin Walsh looks at the Kilkenny Cumann na mBan anf the women that served in it.

Cumann-na-mBan-in-County-Kilkenny---podcast.mp3 (size 44 MB)

''If there has been one great benefit of this ‘Decade of Centenaries’ we’re all living through, it’s that it has expanded our knowledge of the various facets of the revolutionary era.  Previously, there were gaps in our understanding of some aspects, such as the political movement, the labour movement, the social revolution that took place, and the role of the media. Perhaps one of the biggest omissions - until now - was the role women played in the revolutionary years. At its peak in 1921, there were over 800 women signed-up as members of Cumann na mBan across County Kilkenny. This podcast brings the spotlight down on a handful of these Kilkenny women and discusses the various roles they played in the revolutionary period. Women such as Hannah Dooley, the Bibby sisters, Maisie and Josie Stallard, Kitty and Mary Teehan of Shipton House (Kilmanagh), the Luttrells of Garryricken, and Mary-Jo Power of Piltown and Ninemilehouse, were all names well-known to the flying columns and IRA that operated in Kilkenny during the War of Independence and Civil War. This podcast gives an insight into what life was like for these young women during the revolutionary years'

Hannah Murphy nee Dooley                       Jackie Brett of Mullinahone                 Mary Joe Commins

Hanna-Murphy              Jackie-Brett-of-Mullinahone    Mary-Joe-Commins


The rebuilt Shipton House                                                     Win Deloughrey

   The-Rebuilt-Shipton-House-Kilmanagh    Win-DeLoughry-President