Countess Markievicz and Poppet Statue

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Countess Markievicz (1868-1927) was born Constance Georgine Gore Booth. This bronze statue by Elizabeth McLaughlin is a tribute to Countess Markievicz, an inspiring Irish politician, revolutionary, nationalist and suffragette.

The statue depicts the Countess Markievicz in an informal pose almost as if she was in motion. With her dog, Poppet, at her side, the pose is reminiscent of how she would have lived her life in Lissadell House in County Sligo before coming to Dublin to support the fight for freedom of her homeland.

Countess Markievicz became a member of the Irish Citizen Army and took part in the Easter Rising of 1916. She was the first woman elected to the UK House of Commons, though she did not take up her seat. She became an important character in the political and cultural life of Ireland on it’s path to independence, and became Minister for Labour in the First Dáil, the Irish Assembly, from 1919 to 1922.

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