International Women’s Day, held annually on 8th March, is an international day of celebration, where thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. Dublin City Public Libraries will celebrate the contribution of women to the civic life of Dublin City with a series of events in March 2013.
International Women’s Day 2013 Events:
International Women’s Day in Dublin City Public Libraries this year commemorates women’s involvement in the 1913 Dublin Lockout, looks at the conditions in which many lived and celebrates the women who shaped our nation.
- Suffrage and Struggle: How women shaped their future.
Theresa Moriarty, independent researcher on the history of working women. A talk for second level students exploring the place of women in the trade unions, their role during the Dublin Lockout and the individuals who left an enduring legacy for the generations which followed.
Thursday 7th March at 1pm. Ballymun Library T.01 8421890
- Women’s Lives in the Dublin Tenements by Dr. Enda Leaney
Using the photographic collections in Dublin City Libraries this talk will examine some of the challenges faced by women in Dublin during the early decades of the twentieth century. The talk will use contemporary photographs to examine the deprived conditions in which Dublin women lived and worked. Wednesday 6th March at 3pm. Cabra Library T. 01 8691890
- Hanna and Francis Sheehy Skeffington - a family view. An illustrated story with collective family memories and anecdotes. Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington, in association with the Ballsbridge, Donnybrook & Sandymount Historical Society. Micheline Sheehy Skeffington is a lecturer in Plant Ecology in NUI, Galway. For a project connected with her family home, she researched her grandparents’ history and toured the USA in 2001, giving talks about their suffrage and other political activities. Micheline will give an illustrated talk on the lives of her grandparents, Hanna and Francis Sheehy Skeffington, from a family point of view. Thursday 7th March at 1pm. Pembroke Library T. 01 668 9575.
- Exhibition ‘Hanna and her Sisters’
The Dublin City Libraries exhibition ‘Hanna and her Sisters’ will be on display in Pembroke Library during March. Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington was a suffragette and Irish nationalist. She co-founded the Irish Women's Franchise League in 1908 with the aim of obtaining women's voting rights. She was later a founding member of the Irish Women's Workers' Union and was also one of the women working to provide meals in the kitchens in Liberty Hall to the striking workers during the 1913 Dublin Lockout.
LET’S WALK & TALK
- BIMÍS AG SIÚL AGUS AG CAINT
Friday, 8th March at 11am. Meet at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Celebrate International Women’s Day with Dublin City Council’s Irish language walking group as they visit Leinster House where they’ll be meeting with Independent Dublin Central TD Maureen O’Sullivan and receiving a tour of the Houses of the Oireachtas. This event is free and no advance booking necessary.