Surrey House Plaque

Lord Mayor unveils plaque at Surrey House, Rathmines, Former home of Constance Markievicz

Countess Constance Markievicz, who fought in 1916 and was the first woman elected to Parliament in 1918, is to be honoured by a Dublin City Council Commemorative Plaque at her former home in Rathmines. Lord Mayor Paul Mc Auliffe will unveil the plaque on Monday 15th July, 2019, at 11 a.m., at Surrey House, 49b Leinster Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

The City Council’s commemorative plaques scheme commemorates people, organisations and events that have made a unique and significant contribution to the history of Dublin.

Speaking about the event the Lord Mayor says “It is fitting that Countess Markievicz should be remembered here at Surrey House which was her home during some of the most troubled years of this country’s history. During that time, she was actively involved in the women’s movement, but also in the political and military movements that were gaining momentum in the lead up to the Easter Rising. She was truly a leader in both her political and military life and it is important that this commemorative plaque should be placed here today in her memory.”

Born into the wealthy Gore-Booth landlord family of Lissadell, County Sligo, Constance Markievicz turned away from her privileged background and devoted herself to the struggle for Irish freedom, women’s suffrage, and social justice. Surrey House was her home during the crucial period 1912-1916.

The house at that time was a base for activism with members of the Fianna, Cumann na mBan, the Irish Citizen Army, and the Irish Volunteers, frequent visitors. Surrey House was raided and wrecked by British troops during the Rising. A ‘Na Fianna Éireann’ banner, seized by the British from the house in 1916, is currently on display in Dublin’s City Hall, on loan from the British Royal Collections.

Countess Markievicz didn’t live in Surrey House following the Rising, spending the remainder of her life living with friends until her death in 1927.