Violet Gibson: this lady shoots fascists

On this day.

In 1926….

Via Ireland in Colour

Irish woman Violet Gibson shoots [Benito] Mussolini in the nose as he walks among the crowd in the Piazza del Campidoglio in RomeBorn 1876, Dublin…Daughter of Irish lawyer/politician Baron Ashbourne…Lived rest of life in St. Andrew’s Hospital…Died 1956.

The Irishwoman Who Shot Mussolini (RTÉ Documentary on One Podcast)


12 thoughts on “Aunty Fa

  1. Nigel

    As an anti-fascist shooting a fascist she was, of course, the real fascist.

    Legend. Deserved better.

    1. Rob_G

      I think labelling her as an ‘anti-fascist’ is an outrageous rewriting of history: she was a very troubled lady.

        1. Rob_G

          Ah it’s ok. You probably felt egged on by the picture caption (which, while fairly clever, is wildly historically inaccurate).

  2. Clampers Outside

    Pay attention Antifa, this is a real anti-fascist who fought a real fascist… as opposed to Antifa harassing elderly people crossing the street*.

    *see last years Portland, USA incident for reference

    1. Barry the Hatchet

      This is a fantastic documentary. Listened to it a couple of years ago. She was treated horribly in the hospital. They didn’t send out letters she wrote and didn’t give her the letters she received, so she belived her family and friends had abandoned her.

      She was confined because she tried to kill Musssolini, which at the time was a crazy thing to do. Then, after the war (when attitudes to Mussolini had changed), a doctor asked her why she was confined. When she told him it was for trying to kill Mussolini, he assumed she was delusional and that’s why she needed treatment!

      *Edited to say: Sorry Joe, this wasn’t meant to be a reply to you.

      1. :-Joe

        No problem pal, thanks for the info

        Always remember to put down the hatchet, but not Barry.


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