Celebrating the women of the Rising - and the rising of the women

Local women to appear in photo re-enactment

Celebrating the women of the Rising - and the rising of the women

A project supported under the Clonmel Municipal District 1916 commemoration community grant is set to reach its conclusion in Clonmel this Thursday.

At least 60 Clonmel women, girls, ladies from all walks of life have come together to explore the legacy and spirit of 77 women imprisoned in Richmond Barracks in the aftermath of the Rising.

Many of these women saw active service as first aid volunteers, missive carriers and indeed snipers as well as helping ‘backstage’ in providing supplies, meals and respite during the week-long uprising.

The project aims to commemorate these spirited Women - the ‘boldest and most unmanageable revolutionaries’ as notoriously coined by Eamon de Valera - exploring their deeds and spirit and celebrating their coming out of the closet of oblivion.

Local resident artist Theresia Guschlbauer invited women from all age, denomination, race and background to take part in preliminary workshops, where information and stories were shared and women’s herstory explored, giving everyone an opportunity to find out more about their deeds and legacy as major social innovators and social justice advocates.

This was a unique opportunity to remember them and to celebrate the enduring power and contribution of Irish women since 1916 and throughout the world today.

Each participant was invited to pick a specific woman from the original image (or an activist from 1916) and impersonate her at a re-enactment of the photograph to take place in the Raheen House Gardens this Thursday 7th July at 6pm.

Workshops have already taken place to prepare for the event.

Participation is free, but interested parties should register their interest by contacting Theresia directly at 086 822 5054 or by email theresia9@gmail.com