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Unmanageable Revolutionaries Women In Irish History

Women have virtually been written out of history. Yet in Irish mythology, powerful women such as Queen Meadb of Connaught feature prominently. Red Hugh O Donnell, who rebelled against the English in the 1590s, owed his position to his willy mother, InionDubh (dark daughter). The O'Malleys of Connacht were led by Granuaile (bald Grace), a legendary sea captain and pirate.
With the spread of English common law however, women assumed less prominent roles. However, during the Land War (early 1880s) when Charles Stewart Parnell and other male leaders were imprisoned, his sisters Anna and Fanny established a Ladies Land League, renowned for its efficiency and militancy. Women were to the fore in the Irish Revolution (1916-1923)

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