A new documentary, Vótaí do Mhná – Votes for Women, directed by Keith O’Grady, will be broadcast on TG4 this week and should be of interest to our readers. It includes contributions from two members of the History community here at NUI Galway – Micheline Sheehy Skeffington and Mary Clancy. Cast your eye on TG4 on 5 March at 21.30, and again on 8 March at 20.50, or set your VCR/DVD-R/Sky Box/UPC thingy (other devices are available) to make sure you don’t miss it. The description below should give you a good sense of what the programme is all about. Happy viewing!
Vótaí do Mhná – Votes for Women
How Irishwomen obtained the vote is a story of organisation and bravery in the face of ignorance, indifference and hostility. In this decade of political anniversaries in Ireland it provides a very different understanding of Home Rule, World War I and the Irish revolutionary period. Every mainstream political party in Ireland and Britain opposed votes for women in the lead up to WWI – women were barred from voting in Westminster, and were also going to be barred in any Dublin, or Belfast based parliament. It was left to women such as Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Louie Bennett, and Constance Markievicz, with the assistance of a minority radical socialist and republican men, to actively work to secure the vote that was finally achieved for women over 30 in 1918, in a much changed country following the upheaval of WWI and the 1916 Rising.
Vótaí do Mhná – Votes for Women features contributions from NUIG’s Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, the grand-daughter of Hanna and Frank Sheehy Skeffington, and Mary Clancy, lecturer in Women’s Studies, and joint editor of Saothar: Journal of the Irish Labour History Society.
Vótaí do Mhná – Votes for Women was produced by Dearcán Media with support from the Irish Language Broadcast Fund.