Category Archives: Irish Roots

1916 — ROGER CASEMENT

Roger Casement was born to Ulster Protestants in Antrim. At age 28 he joined the British Civil Service, and was eventually knighted for services in the British Counsel in the Congo Free State. Casement exposed the cruelty and regime that … Continue reading

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Cumann na Mban –Margaret Skinnider

Born in Scotland to immigrant parents from Monaghan, Margaret Skinnider became involved in the women’s suffrage movement. In 1914 she joined the Glasgow branches of the Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan.  She became a first class shot while a … Continue reading

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Cumann na mBan – Jennie Wyse Power

Jennie Wyse Power joined the Ladies Land League in the 1880s, quickly finding a nitch in activities during the Land War. She compiled lists of those evicted from their homes, and went on to organize chapters in Wicklow and Carlow. … Continue reading

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Cumann na mBan – Sorcha MacMahon

Sorcha MacMahon was an early member of Cumann na mBan, being active as the national secretary in 1916.  Extremely efficient, she took on duties of training women in first aid and home nursing.  It was also her responsibility to find … Continue reading

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100 YEARS AGO – EXECUTIONS

From May 2 – 16, 1916 there were 160 trials; 90 death sentences given (15 of those, including all seven signatories of the Proclamation had their sentences confirmed by Maxwell) and were executed by firing squad at Kilmainham Gaol. The … Continue reading

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