Smithfield meeting on 100th anniversary of Cumann na mBan
by Mick Healy
On Saturday (April 26) a very interesting meeting took place in the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield Dublin. The meeting marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cumann na mBan and was addressed by Dr. Mary McAuliffe, a lecturer in Irish Women’s History at UCD and is President of the Irish Women’s History Association. The room was packed out, with standing room only for some attendees.
Dr MacAuliffe discussd the founding of Cumann na mBan, on 2nd April 1914 in Wynn’s Hotel, Abbey Street, attended by approximately 100 women. She explored the role women played in the national liberation movement, the debates that emerged regarding that role, and the nature of Cumann na mBan’s relationship with the wider women’s suffrage movement. The participants at the meeting contributed to a lively Q&A session.
The meeting was organised by the Stoneybatter and Smithfield Peoples History Project. The talk was recorded and a video will be put up on Youtube in a few days.