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Constance Markievicz Poster


Constance Markievicz was one of the most famous Irish revolutionaries of her generation. Born Constance Gore Booth, her family were wealthy landowners in Co Sligo. While studying in Paris, she met the Polish Count Casimir Markievicz and the two were married in 1900.

Constance became increasingly involved in Irish politics in the following decade. A republican, socialist and feminist she played a prominent role in the 1913 Lockout, The 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. She famously became the first woman elected to the House of Commons in December 1918.

As an Irish republican she refused to take her seat, instead representing her consituency in the Dail - the republican parliament established in Dublin. She became the second woman in the world to take up a cabinet post when she was appointed as Minister for Labour in 1919.

At the end of the War of Independence she opposed the Treaty negotiated with the United Kingdom. She fought in the Civil War and was imprisoned in 1923. She was released after engaging in a hunger strike.

In 1926 she became a founding member of Fianna Fail. She died the followed year. Despite her prominent role in Ireland's struggle for independence she was denied a state funeral.

The poster is A3 sized and comes in a protective roll.

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