No Ordinary Women
Irish Female Activists in the Revolutionary Years 1900-1923
by Sinéad McCoole
New edition of this bestseller.
The O’Brien Press
First published 2003 / 2004 / 2008
Spies, snipers, couriers, gun-runners, medics, women played a major role in the fight for Ireland’s freedom, risking loss of life and family for a cause to which they were totally committed.
This book highlights a time when vast numbers of Irish women were politicized and imprisoned for their beliefs, with a special emphasis on one prison, Kilmainham Gaol.
They came from every class in society and all walks of life: titled ladies and shop assistants, doctors, housewives, laundry workers, artists and teachers.
Some were married with children, others widowed and some mere schoolchildren.
These are hidden stories that vividly recreate the characters, personalities and courage of Ireland’s revolutionary women