If ever there was a case of a favourite chapter in this book, I would choose chapter 2, Lucy McDiarmid’s ‘Comradeship’ on the imprisonment in Holloway prison of Kathleen Clarke and her two ‘tall’ comrades, Constance Markievicz and Maud Gonne, who at times tended to dispute ‘as to which of them had the highest social status’.
BOOK REVIEW by Georgina FitzPatrick Ruán O’Donnell and Mícheál Ó hAodha, eds, Voices from the Easter Rising, Merrion Press, 2016 ISBN 978-1-78537-066-3 RRP: €15.50 Thirty-two eye-witness accounts of the Easter Rising have been collected in this volume from a wide range of participants. Ordinary members of the Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan such as Dick …
The part played by women in the fight for Irish Independence has not been well chronicled. We know that there were women in the GPO in 1916 and that Countess Markievicz was 2IC to Michael Mallin in St Stephen’s Green.
During Easter Week Lucy hid arms, and mobilised Cumann na mBan. In 1916 Lucy was romantically linked with Con Colbert, one of the sixteen executed leaders who called her ‘the nicest girl in Dublin.’