Women of 1916

Féile an Phobail 2016, St Mary's University College, Belfast.

 

I painted this series of 20 miniature portraits of the women of the Easter Rising to complement the larger exhibition 'In This Supreme Hour' (see the link below). 

It has been well documented that the role of women during the Rising was largely overlooked on its 50th anniversary in 1966. Ireland today is a much different society.

 

The work captures women from a broad range of roles and backgrounds. Not only did the women nurse the wounded and feed the troops, they ran perilous routes between garrisons delivering instructions, and a few saw active combat. And they came from all over - Dublin, Belfast, England and France.

 

Only a selection of the portraits are shown below. Are all still available for exhibition or purchase.

Women of 1916 (display)
Women of 1916 (display)

Full set of 20 in its display case

Women portraits (detail)
Women portraits (detail)

Selection of portraits

Constance Markievicz
Constance Markievicz

Miniature

Winifred Carney
Winifred Carney

Miniature

Louise Gavan Duffy
Louise Gavan Duffy

Miniature

Helena Moloney
Helena Moloney

Miniature

Nora Connolly
Nora Connolly
Elizabeth Corr
Elizabeth Corr