An exhibition telling the stories of 13 Wicklow women launched in County Buildings on December 3rd, 2018.
The year 2018 marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which extended for the first time the right to vote (suffrage) to women, albeit with certain restrictions.
In commemoration of this centenary, the Wicklow Heritage Forum, through Our Wicklow Heritage, made a public appeal for stories relating to Our Wicklow Women.
Stories were invited of Wicklow women who have made a difference in our community: stories of success, struggle, or of quiet diligence.
The reaction has been amazing and all the tales submitted have been published on our online community heritage archive. They cover a wide geographical spread and encompass a vast spectrum of activity and achievement.
A selection of these, consisting of 13 individual stories, has been compiled into an Our Wicklow Women exhibition. This features:
Mairin Cregan, Jenny Wyse Power, Lizzie Le Blond, Theodosia Blachford, Lucinda Sullivan, Kate Tyrrell, Maria Curran, Averil Deverell, Josephine Heffernan, Elizabeth Smith, Ninette De Valois, Eliza Davis and Anna Parnell.
The Our Wicklow Women archive continues to grow and we are always looking for new stories…..
This exhibition is part of the ‘Our Irish Women’ initiative co-ordinated by our parent network Our Irish Heritage, read more here .