Online Exhibition Launch “You Never Saw Such Excitement”: The 1918 election of Constance Markievicz

December 12th 2018, Richmond Barracks will launch its online exhibition

To mark the centenary of the election of Constance Markievicz to parliament in the UK in December 1918, Richmond Barracks Exhibition Centre will launch a new online exhibition entitled "You Never Saw Such Excitement” The 1918 election of Constance Markievicz.

Speaking about the exhibition, Eadaoin Ni Chleirigh CEO, Richmond Barracks says, “We are delighted to make available to national and international audiences, rarely seen film footage, historic images and texts, including some letters from the National Archives in the UK. Markievicz has a particular place not only in Irish revolutionary history, but in British parliamentary history as she was the first woman to be formally elected to parliament on 28th December 1918.”

The online exhibition, which runs from the 12th December, provides insight into the election campaign through its use of extracts from letters between Markievicz and her sister Eva Gore-Booth as well as her supporters in the Irish Women’s Franchise League and Cumann na mBan. Film interviews with historian Dr Mary McAuliffe, Gender Studies, UCD and Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, (Emeritus), NUI Galway and grand-daughter of Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, address the contemporary issue of women’s representation in all aspects of public life.

Michael Noyk, who acted as election agent for Constance Markievicz, recalled of the election ‘The adult suffrage not having been introduced for men and women, and a General Election having been proclaimed in November 1918, candidates were put forward for Sinn Féin in every constituency in Ireland including the northern counties. I acted as election agent for Countess Markievicz for St. Patrick's Division which covered the Liberties of Dublin, and which was the most suitable place for a person with the record of Countess Markievicz, as the traditions of Emmet, Tone, Oliver Bond and other United Irishmen were connected with it’.

The online exhibition will be live from December 12th 2018 at: