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No ordinary women: Irish female activists in the revolutionary years, 1900-23User Review - Book Verdict
Maud Gonne and Countess Markievicz are well known, but few can name other Irish women revolutionaries. Here, Dublin writer McCoole (Hazel: A Life of Lady Lavery) profiles nearly 75 of them, relying on information that she uncovered accidentally while researching a history of Kilmainham Gaol, where many of the women were imprisoned. She also interviewed their surviving family members; several generations later, they were still reluctant to acknowledge or to preserve evidence of what they considered the disreputable behavior of mothers and grandmothers, aunts and nieces. The book opens with an account of the times that focuses on women's roles, e.g., gunrunning, nursing, shooting, doing courier duty, cooking, keeping secrets, and going to jail; the actual profiles follow. Interspersed throughout are long-ignored photos and memorabilia. McCoole has done a superb job of excavating elusive historical sources, including prisoner lists for the Easter Uprising of 1916 and the Irish civil war of 1922-23 in appendixes. Similar titles include Margaret Ward's Unmanageable Revolutionaries, which focuses more on movements, ideas, and alliances; Ward's Irish Women and Nationalism is also forthcoming. McCoole's book is recommended for women's studies, ethnic, and history collections in both academic and public libraries.-Janice Dunham, John Jay Coll. Lib., CUNY ...
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This is a virtually unknown area of the Irish Revolutionary War of 1900-1923 period. These amazingly brave women, were imprisoned, forced to flee the country and in some cases died to espouse the ...