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Cumann na mBan and the Irish Revolution

By Cal McCarthy

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Cumann na mBan was formed in 1914. Its aims centred on arming Irish men, generating propaganda and presenting a united Irish opposition to English rule. After participation in the 1916 Rising, members played crucial roles in intelligence, transporting arms, providing safe houses and much more. In 1922 the leadership overwhelmingly rejected the Treaty, causing a split. The Free State government’s awareness of Cumann na mBan’s assistance to the IRA resulted in widespread imprisonment of Republican women during the Civil War. The Free State victory effectively ended the organisation’s influence. But Cumann na mBan had placed equality for women on the political agenda and demonstrated that women could be as politically active and capable as men. 

This revised edition uses new source material to complement and update the original research. It expands our understanding of the organisation and dispels many of the myths that surrounded Cumann na mBan.

  • Book Format: Paperback
  • Published: 2014
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 mm
  • Number of pages: 320
  • ISBN: 9781848892224
Meticulously researched.
A comprehensive and insightful history.

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