Irish Female Activists in the Revolutionary Years 1900-1923

Sinead McCoole
No Ordinary Women

Extended and enhanced, with New Introduction by Author.

Spies, snipers, couriers, gun-runners, medics – women played a major role in the fight for Ireland's freedom. This book vividly recreates the characters, personalities and courage of Ireland's revolutionary women.

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320 pages
240x170 mm

Updated edition with many more biographies and a new introduction by the author.

Spies, snipers, couriers, gun-runners, medics, women played a major role in the fight for Ireland's freedom, risking loss of life and family for a cause to which they were totally committed.

This book highlights a time when vast numbers of Irish women were politicised and imprisoned for their beliefs, with a special emphasis on one prison, Kilmainham Gaol. They came from every class in society and all walks of life: titled ladies and shop assistants, doctors, housewives, laundry workers, artists and teachers. Some were married with children, others widowed and some mere schoolchildren.

These are hidden stories that vividly recreate the characters, personalities and courage of Ireland's revolutionary women.

SINÉAD MCCOOLE is a well-known historian and the author of a number of books on women and history. Sinéad has also scripted a series of short films, Women of 1916, for RTÉ. She currently works as a historical and picture researcher, and an exhibition curator.

absolutely riveting

South East Radio’s Morning Mix

impressive contribution to the decade of centenaries … a fine book and a very worthwhile counterweight to the overwhelmingly male view of the Rising and War of Independence that still prevails

The Tuam Herald

An outstanding book, painstakingly researched, accessibly structured and beautifully presented ... This is a book about who we are, peopled by familiar faces. Its pages are friends. Yes, it is a monument of sorts; certainly a tribute and a rich resource. More than anything, it is a great story waiting too long to be told.

Irish Independent

This book is important to the study of the period and to the hidden history of women in Ireland

The Sunday Tribune
Dermot Bolger - The Sunday Tribune

a remarkable book

Irish Examiner

'What amazed me was the extraordinary bravery of the women, which would never have been recorded had it not been for this book'

Irish Examiner
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