Enjoy some handmade Irish Brona Chocolate and learn about the Irish Women who fought for rights, led the way and made history!
Firsts For Irish Women: They Led the Way - Though for centuries it was believed that the proper role for women was in the home, there were always those who had the courage to carve out the lives they wanted. Here are the stories of six women who broke barriers and became first in their field in Ireland.
Catherine Hayes, Ireland's first female opera singer, who was adored the world over. Eleanora Fleury, first women in Ireland to qualify as a doctor, was also Ireland's first female psychiatrist. Lilian Bland built her own biplane and took to the skies, becoming Ireland's first woman pilot. Eileen Kennedy, Ireland's first female judge, headed a ground-breaking investigation into abuse in reformatory schools. Brenda Fricker was the first Irish woman to win an Oscar and Mary Robinson, youngest ever professor of law in Ireland, became Ireland's first female president.
Against the odds, the managed to succeed and shine. The Led the way
Ten Women of 1916 Rising - What made them support the Rising in 1916? The answer lies in their childhoods. A skating accident, a Fenian nanny, the loss of a parent, poverty, tales of the Famine, a close friendship, and a sense of exile - such were the early experiences that formed them and made them what they were: brave, adventurous and ready to risk their lives
Votes for Women!: Irish Women's Suffrage Movement - The women of the Irish Suffrage Movement showed immense courage when they fought for the right of women to vote. They encountered great opposition on the way. At last, one hundred years ago in 1918, some women in the United Kingdom (then including Ireland), were allowed to vote for the very first time. And when Ireland became a Free State in 1922 it immediately gave equal voting rights to all its citizens, including women! Here are the stories of some of the remarkable women who brought about that victory.