This Friday, July 21, NUI Galway will commemorate some remarkable women from the last century with a fascinating programme of talks and performances. The ‘Women in History, Politics and Culture’ mini-conference will highlight the achievements of NUIG graduates Maureen O’Carroll (1913-1984), Celia Lynch (1908-1984), Caitlin Maude (1941-1982), Mary Donovan O’Sullivan (1887-1966) and Síle Ní Chinnéide. It is being run in conjunction with the Path Breaking Women of NUI Galway: 1922 and Beyond exhibition.
Maureen O’Carroll, mother of actors and writers Brendan and Eilish O’Carroll, became the Labour Party’s first female TD, and Celia Lynch became the first female Fianna Fáil whip, and was the longest-serving female TD when she retired in 1977. Caitlin Maude was an inspirational sean nós singer, writer and actor. Her work will be performed on Friday by Caitríona Ní Chonaola. Mary Donovan O’Sullivan became UCG’s first Professor of History in 1914 and Síle Ní Chinnéide was a lecturer in history through Irish who was active in the Irish language revival. The event runs from 11am to 3.30pm in the Hardiman Research Library. It is free and open to the public, but as places are limited, so rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Path Breaking Women exhibition runs until September 2017 at the library exhibition space at NUIG.