Women's role in 1916 Rising celebrated at Dublin event

Speakers included Sabina Higgins, Louise O’Neill, Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Dr Ciara Kelly and Sarah Griffin

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Sabina Higgins at the NWCI event. Image: RollingNews.ie

The important role played by Irish women during the 1916 Rising was celebrated in Dublin earlier today.

The event, organised by The National Women's Council of Ireland, took place at the bandstand in St Stephen's Green, and reflected on women's role during 1916.

The festivities included soapbox talks and choral music, with speakers including Sabina Higgins, Louise O’Neill, Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, Dr Ciara Kelly and Sarah Griffin.

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Orla O’Connor, Director of NWCI said "NWCI’s Soapbox draws inspiration from early feminists who started their campaigning on a Soapbox on busy city streets.

She said that the event remembered the women of 1916, while reflecting "on the inspirational women who have shaped modern Ireland".

Ellen O' Malley Dunlop, out-going CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, says it is important to re-connect with the spirit of the women.