On Tuesday the 7th of June from 1-2pm, Sinéad McCoole will be delivering a free talk focused around the role of women during the Rising with a particularly localised focus on Cork.
Sinéad McCoole is an Irish historian, author, broadcaster, script writer and exhibition curator. Ms. McCoole is curator of Women of the Rising, one of St. Peter’s current exhibitions here in Cork. The exhibition is part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme based on new information from the collections of the Military Archives, the National Cultural Institutions and private collections. This exhibition on the Women of 1916 gives an overview of the events of Easter Week and features some of the 300 women who took part in the Rising. Women of the Rising will be on display until June 21st.
Ms. McCoole is also a well known author. One of her works, No Ordinary Women: Activists in the Revolutionary Years 1900-1923 is of particular interest as it currently features in the other exhibition on display upstairs in St. Peter’s. St. Peter’s will be home to this exhibition from June 1st to July 4th. This exhibition called Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Times is curated by the Shandon Area History Group.
Considering the relevance of both current exhibitions on display in St. Peter’s, Ms. McCoole’s talk will be a timely and fascinating insight into the role of women during this momentous period in Irish history.
Ms. McCoole had this to say about her talk and exhibition: “Cork’s St. Peter’s showcase’s Ireland 2016 women’s exhibition in spectacular fashion, the space becomes alive with the youthful faces of Ireland’s women who were politicised one hundred years ago, local, national, international, it is the story of 32 counties and a selection of the ‘titled ladies who took part’ the Foley sisters of Cork are among those featured.”
St. Peter’s Cork, holds the title of Cork’s 1916 Centre of Commemoration for the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. The public exhibition space is open all year round free of charge on Cork’s oldest street, North Main Street. For more information, call 021 4278187 or find them online at www.stpeterscork.ie.