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Not you again.

This Day In Irish History tweetz:

This day 107 years ago – 18 July 1912 – suffragettes set fire to the Theatre Royal, Dublin, during a visit of British Prime Minister, H.H. Asquith.

For it, Mary Leigh and Gladys Evans were sentenced to five years’ penal servitude, though both were released after hunger striking.

Made their point and kept their figures.

Win win.

No, really.

This afternoon.

Marlay House, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan (centre) flanked by Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection Regina Doherty (left) and Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphreys launch the 2018 Centenary Programme to Commemorate Voting Rights for Women.

Minister Madigan announced  the 2018 Centenary programme and launched a companion book to the Mná 1916/Women of 1916 exhibition at Dublin Castle.

The three then talked about boys and make-up for ages.

Earlier: I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass



A suffragette sleepover, 1911.

A ‘can’t vote, won’t register’ sinister fringe.

Is your great granny among them?

Padraig O Morain writes:

Didn’t strike me until today that the Census of 1911, which Irish people pore over in search of their recent ancestors, excludes those suffragettes who refused to fill in the form because of the failure to extend the vote to women.
Refusal was illegal and at one meeting suffragettes informed a policeman present that they intended to hire submarines and airplanes to take them out of the country on census night…

Plans for night-time picnics in the Dublin mountains, so that they could evade the census takers (who, in Ireland, were policemen), didn’t materialise because of bad weather.

Some women did, however, sleep out in non-residential buildings that night so that they wouldn’t be home when the policeman called – the photo, above [supplied by the author] shows a group of them. The point, anyway, is that if you can’t find your great-granny in the Census returns she was probably a Women’s Libber.


Census Day 1911 (The National Archives)

Thanks Ciaran