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Above from left: Aoife Spillane-Hinks, Margo McNulty, Minister Catherine Martin  Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín and Jody O’Neill.


Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, joined five of the 10 new recipients of the Decade of Centenaries Constance de Markievicz Award for artists.

The Markievicz Award is strictly bloke-free [not true, see comments] and intended to support female artists to ‘ultimately produce great art that recognises and commemorates the role of women in the historical period 1912-1923, and beyond’.


“He won’t stop texting me.”

“I don’t normally drink this much.”

“Should we invite her?”

“I. Love. Your. Nails.”

“Can you smell me? Do I smell bad?”

“Don’t cry.”



Countess Markiewicz

On October 2, ten female sound artists will converge on Richmond Barracks in Dublin, where 77 women were remanded for their involvement in the 1916 Rising.

Mean Time is  a collaborative improv project marking the end of Dublin Mean Time, as strenously objected to by Countess Markiewicz.

In recently-discovered correspondence with London-Irish solictor JH McDonnell, Markiewicz saw the change, cited for reasons of railway building and telegraphy as yet another sign of British colonisation, of “public feeling… outraged by forcing of English time on us

Mean Time writes:

Up until the 1st of October 1916 Ireland was on Dublin Mean Time which was 25 minutes and 21 seconds behind Greenwich Mean Time.

On that day when England put its clock back by an hour for Winter Ireland put its clock back by 35 minutes and ended the historic time difference between the two countries.

(The artists) will perform a unique improvisation based on especially commissioned pieces on the theme of these lost 25 minutes for the anniversary of the abolition of Dublin Mean Time.

The event will combine contemporary music, performance art, radio art and electroacoustic composition, ‘clawing back’ time lost and imagining many possible future Irelands.

The programme will be hosted by Bernard Clarke and broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm’s Nova. The participating artists are Daria Baiocchi, Fiona Hallinan, La Cosa Preziosa, Vicky Langan, Úna Lee, Olivia Louvel, Jenn Kirby, Claudia Molitor, Gráinne Mulvey and Rachel Ní Chuinn.

A lineup you can set your watch to.

We’ll get our shawl.

Mean Time


Sky’s article as it appeared on Tuesday (top), Eoin Neylon’s Facebook plea and how the article looks now (above)

She was crazy.

But she was our crazy.

Arthur Griffithn writes:

You may have noticed that Sky News ran a story criticizing Jeremy Corbyn for desiring to unveil a plaque to Sinn Féin’s Con Markievicz. Uachtarán Ógra Fianna Fáil, Eoin Neylon took offence and wrote a letter in defence of the founding Chairperson of FF. Sky have since changed the article.

Fair play, in fairness.

*allegedly shoots unarmed father of three in the back*


Constance Markievicz (above) and Roy Foster’s Vivid Faces

A taste for unorthodox night manoeuvres.

With boy scouts.


“[R]evolutionary Ireland was an important location for the ‘theatre of revolt’, in a literal sense. But one central aspect of that revolt more or less absent from the drama written and acted by the future revolutionaries concerns the world of sex… The revolutionaries were part of a generation which explored other forms of liberation besides the political and national… One of the attractions of the Gaelic League,especially its summer schools and ceilidhe, was the opportunities it provided for romantic and sexual contact… Constance Markievicz, with her hard-drinking and erratic Polish husband, may have been allowed a similar licence (Bulmer Hobson later told his son Declan of his surprise when she demanded to warm herself, on night manoeuvres with her Fianna boy scouts, by getting into bed with them)…”

From Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923 by Roy Foster (Penguin Books) published this week.


Also: FIGHT!

Pic: National Library of Ireland

Thanks Sibling of Daedalus

a1474417818_10Constant (right) and a ‘lady’ in 1913.

He wore that ‘bun’ for most of his life.

Jennifer O’Leary writes:

Here’s a link (below) to the ‘1913 Unfinished Business’ Podcast (episode 2) on Women of 1913.

It includes a segment on Constance Markievicz, To refresh the minds of those who may be wondering who this Mr Constant Mark-a-fella of 1916 is.

1913 Unfinished Business – Women Of 1913

Earlier: Constant Craving


Tom D’Arcy citing the name of one of Ireland’s patriots at today’s Allsop auction in the Shelbourne Hotel.

Constance Markievicz died of TB in 1927, some 11 years after the Rising.

She also happened to be a lifelong member of Mná na hÉireann.

Protesters force cancellation of property auction (RTE News)

(Via Mark Moloney)

Hat tip: Adam Gelston

Sold her jewellery to feed families of the 1913 lockout.

Took part in the Easter Rising.

First woman elected to the British House of Commons,

Helped start the Abbey Theatre.

First woman in Ireland to wear trousers.

Happy International Women’s Day, Constance Markievicz.

(Portrait by Boleslaw Szankowski)