A lecture programme commemorating the centenary of the granting of voting rights to women will be held in King House, Boyle on Wednesday, 25th of April.
The programme Votail 100 will be chaired by former County Librarian Richie Farrell and will be formally opened by the Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Orla Leyden, with the Chief Executive Mr. Eugene Cummins also in attendance and scheduled to speak.
To place the programme in context of the decade of centenaries and the role of commemorations, we are delighted also to welcome the representative of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations Sinead McCoole.
The chairperson of the Houses of the Oireachtas Votail 100 Steering Committee, Senator Ivana Bacik, will be speaking and reflecting on the programming and celebration of the centenary of Women’s Suffrage.
Mary McAuliffe, Assistant Professor from UCD Gender Studies Department will be reflecting on how the granting of votes to women significantly increased the electorate at the time and influenced the 1918 General Election. Claire McGing from Maynooth University will be looking at women’s representation in Dail Eireann in the following period from 1918 to 1973.
Following lunch the programme will turn to a more local setting with both Marie Egan Paul and Keith Munro (grandnephew of Margaret Cousins), looking at the life and career of Boyle native Margaret Cousins and her pioneering work as one of the co-founders of the Irish Women’s Franchise League and her equally documented work for women’s suffrage in India. Sandra Collins, Director of the National Library of Ireland will be talking about and demonstrating some of the images and sources of the period from the National Library collections.
Mary Clancy from NUI Galway will looking at the specific area of campaigning for votes for women in the West of Ireland at the time.
Mary Brennan from the UCD School of Politics and International Relations will be examining the more contemporary-related issues of gender quotas and Donna Gilligan from The National Print Museum will be examining the tracing of the objects and imagery of the Irish Women’s Suffrage Movement.
The event is free with tea/coffee and lunch provided. Places are limited and booking is essential through the Arts Office, Roscommon County Council. Hard copies of the brochure will also be available through Library Service.