Before interpretation of graffiti, or critical analysis the many rhymes, verses and prose of autograph books can be undertaken, there is a need to engage with the historical context of early 20th century ireland.
Looking to the period of ‘Revolutionary Ireland‘ through the lens of contemporary Ireland (or the UK, US …) can distort our view of the events, the roles of the important figures and – importance to this project – the role of those largely forgotten individuals who shaped the period. For instance of the role of women in revolutionary Ireland has largely disappeared from public memory, with the exception of the extraordinary leaders such as Countess Constance de Markievicz. However, Irish women were some of the most active, civic champions of their time. Large numbers of women were involved in the suffragette movement, public protests regarding conditions for workers, they lead public health and were involved in the push for an independent Ireland. An Ireland where many of these women believed they would hold the same rights and roles of men.
This section contains a short introduction to the period – Revolutionary Ireland – the women – Revolutionary Women – and the site – The Bastille of Ireland – and provides some references for further reading before the results of the project are discussed further.