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Published on:26 Mar 2019

An exhibition featuring women who have had a profound influence on Irish Society from 1900 to 2000, researched by Laura Servilan Brown, will open on Tuesday, 2 April at 8pm at Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff.

The exhibition is the culmination of a project undertaken by Cavan County Council as part of the Decade of Centenaries commemorations, where a historian to was engaged research the role of women in the Irish State throughout the 20th century.  

The inspiration for this exhibition was the role played by women in securing greater

equality including the right to vote, the right to be part of the paid workforce and to have a voice. Historian Dr Margaret Mc Curtin was a primary motivator and inspiration for this research and exhibition, commissioned by Cavan County Museum and Cavan Arts Office.

“The exhibition is not intended as a definitive collection of women who changed Irish life but rather a fingerpost to discover the stories of some of the remarkable Irish women who achieved excellence in arts and culture, education, science, business and social change,” said Savina Donohoe, Museum Curator.

“The aim is to encourage us all to identify and acknowledge the women we know who have and continue to work for greater equality in their own field and in Irish society.”

The women selected for this exhibition include Edith Somerville, Letitia Dunbar-Harrison, Iris Cummins, Teresa Deevy, Agnes O Farrelly, Majella Mc Carron, Sherie de Burgh, Rita Duffy and Derbhle Crotty. The exhibition was researched by Laura Servilan Brown, who is the John and Pat Hume Scholar at the History Department, Maynooth University.

The exhibition opening will include an extract from ‘Fragments’ by Jessie Keenan, contemporary choreographer and a lecture by historian Catríona Crowe, formerly Head of Special Projects at The National Archives and a respected social commentator.