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Irish Women’s Speeches

Voices That Rocked the System

A new anthology showcases Irish women’s oratorical contributions to the world.
 
There’s no scarcity of collected volumes of speeches from Ireland’s political orators, yet unsurprisingly, nearly all of these collections focus on the words of male politicians. Irish Women’s Speeches resets this historic imbalance and delivers some much-deserved space to examine and appreciate speeches delivered by Irish women. Sonja Tiernan brings together thirty-three inspiring speeches from the nineteenth century to the present. She shows how, from platforms in America to podiums at the United Nations, Irish women have eloquently expressed their demands, including rallying cries for trade union action, denunciations of apartheid, and calls for independence, unionism, peace, and gender equality. This anthology showcases the stirring contributions that Irish women have made both to modern society not only in their home country but across the world.
 

250 pages | illustrated in halftones throughout | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

History: British and Irish History


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgements xiii
Foreword xv
Introduction 1
1 Anna Parnell 7
2 Harriet Morison 16
3 Countess Constance Markievicz 25
4 Theresa Londonderry 34
5 Margaret Hinchey 42
6 Úna Ní Fhaircheallaigh 51
7 Eva Gore-Booth 60
8 Hanna Sheehy Skeffington 69
9 Mary MacSwiney 77
10 Jennie Wyse Power 86
11 Dehra Parker 94
12 Saidie Patterson 101
13 Helen Chenevix 108
14 Frances Condell 116
15 Bernadette Devlin 124
16 Betty Williams 133
17 Siobhán McKenna 142
18 Nuala Fennell 150
19 Nan Joyce 160
20 Mamo McDonald 169
21 Alice Glenn 177
22 Inez McCormack 186
23 Mary Robinson 195
24 Máire Geoghegan-Quinn 207
25 Nora Owen 216
26 Bríd Rodgers 223
27 Monica McWilliams 232
28 Adi Roche 242
29 Saffa Musleh 251
30 Mary McAleese 258
31 Clare Daly 268
32 Elizabeth Coppin 276
33 Catherine Connolly 286
Notes 296
Bibliography 331
Index 338

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