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Irish Women in Politics with Guest Speaker Michelle O’Neill on the 150th Anniversary of Countess Markievicz

May 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

On the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Countess Markievicz, please join us for a discussion with Special Guest, 


Michelle O’Neill
Deputy leader of Sinn Féin
Tuesday, May 15th 2018
Reception to follow

Countess Markievicz was the first female MP elected in Ireland and first female Cabinet Minister elected in Europe. Born Constance Gore-Booth in London on 4 February 1868, her parents owned the picturesque Lissadell House in Co. Sligo, where Constance spent most of her childhood. She followed her artistic dreams to London, where she befriended the poet W.B. Yeats and later to Paris, where Constance met the Polish Count Casimir Markievicz. They married in London in 1900 and their daughter Maeve was born in Lissadell in 1901. The couple later drifted apart due to differing interests. Initially, the Countess lived in Dublin as an artist, but she became increasingly involved in politics. Her earliest political involvement was joining Maud Gonne’s Inghinidhe na hÉireann (Daughters of Ireland) in 1908. The following year she joined Sinn Féin and she set up Na Fianna Éireann, a young boyscout troop. Together with Delia Larkin, she organised a soup kitchen in Liberty Hall during the 1913 Lockout.

Constance Markievicz became a member of the Irish Citizen Army (ICA), which was under the command of socialist James Connolly, who was a formative influence on Markievicz. He afforded the women in the ICA an opportunity to take part in the Easter Rising on an equal footing to the men.

Michelle O’Neill is Sinn Féin Vice President, Leader in the Northern Assembly and an MLA for the constituency of Mid Ulster. Michelle has been active in Republican politics since her youth. Michelle served in local government as a member of Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council from 2005 until 2010 where she became the first woman to hold the position of Mayor of the Dungannon Council. In 2007 Michelle was elected to the Northern Assembly where she went on to serve as the Executive Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development (2011-2016) and as the Executive Minister for Health. Michelle is a keen supporter of Gaelic sports and is a member of Clonoe O’Rahilly’s, her local GAA club. Michelle lives in Clonoe, County Tyrone. She has two children.

Join us to hear about the journey of Irish women in politics over the past 150 years and where we are today.



May 15, 2018
6:30 pm


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