Saturday, March 19, 2016

Post 1916 Rising Leaflets - Part I: "A Mass Meeting" #1916 #288

Today I post the first of four copies of hand leaflets published in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising. from the Eileen Ryan Collection. This one is for a "Mass Meeting" to be held in the Mansion House in Dublin on May 21st 1917. Countess Markievicz was released under the general amnesty in 1917 for republicans involved in the 1916 Rising. As my own generation discovered in the late 1970s and early 1980s - republicans would go to great lengths, including hunger-strike, to be recognised as prisoners of war and not criminals or terrorists. Interesting to see that the then President of Sinn Féin, Arthur Griffith, was listed to speak - at this time people were joining the organization in great numbers which lead to a great result in the 1918 General Election for the party. 

Countess Markievicz went on to become the first woman ever elected to the British Parliament, though she did not take her seat. She took the Anti-Treaty side in the Civil War and later became a founding member of Fianna Fáil. She died in 1927.

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