8 June 1892 – 26 October 1982
Muriel herself was a fascinating, intriguing and complex figure
Indeed while she is a neglected figure today, in 1920 Muriel was a world famous figure. Huge crowds turned out to greet her when she arrived in the USA in 1920. She would even become the first woman to receive the freedom of New York.
While she would become a militant Irish republican and communist, Muriel’s life had very different origins. She was born in 1892 into an extremely wealthy Cork family and grew up surrounded by wealth and servants. However in 1915 she rejected the life privilege that lay ahead of her. In the following years she would throw herself into the struggle for Irish Independence. In 1920 she would become a central figure in a hunger strike in 1920 that was a pivotal moment in the war of Independence.