Richmond Barracks 1916: We were there

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  • Richmond Barracks: We were there, 77 women of the Easter RisingTitle: Richmond Barracks 1916: We were there, 77 women of the Easter Rising
  • Authors: Mary McAuliffe and Liz Gillis
  • Size: 24cms
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 276pp
  • Price: €24.95 (guide price)
  • Publisher: Dublin City Council c/o Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive
  • ISBN: 978-1907002-32-8

Book available from Four Courts Press and other bookshops and to borrow from Dublin City Public Libraries.


It is now generally acknowledged that women played a vital role in the Irish revolutionary movement in the years 1913–23, including the Easter Rising. Women of the Irish Citizen Army, Cumann na mBan, the Clan na nGaedheal Girl Scouts and individual women fought side by side with their male counterparts in most of the Rising outposts in Dublin, Enniscorthy and Galway during Easter week 1916. After the surrender, seventy-seven of these women were arrested along with their male colleagues and taken to Richmond Barracks in Inchicore, Dublin. It is these seventy-seven, representing a cross section of Irish society in a pivotal time in Irish history, whose histories, activism and legacies form the nucleus of this book.

This new research and analysis of the women in the 1916 Rising is a welcome addition to the historiography of the period and gives voice to the forgotten Easter Rising women.