22 April 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A new exhibition sheds light on the experience of Monaghan woman Sorcha McMahon in the 1916 Rising.

The Women of 1916 exhibition was launched by acting Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, in Dublin Castle last week, and will go on tour nationwide. It depicts the stories of 300 women involved in the Rising, and includes details on women from every county in the country.

Sorcha McMahon was a young Monaghan woman who came to Dublin during Easter week to help the rebels in the GPO. Pictures and documents kept by Sorcha after the Rising were donated to the exhibition by her great niece, Helen McMahon, who attended the launch.

Minister Humphreys said:

“We know that many of the women who participated in the events of 1916 were forgotten over the last 100 years and I am delighted that they are now re-emerging from the shadows and taking their place alongside the more well-known names associated with the Rising.  This exhibition documents for the first time the experience of 300 women involved in the Rising.

“2016, our centenary year, is the first time that a light has been properly shone on the activities and experiences of women during Ireland’s revolutionary period. I would like to acknowledge the huge body of work …


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