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A celebration of Irish women


Saturday, February 1, 2020, 03:00 - Monday, March 9, 2020, 13:00


Academy House



An exhibition running from St Brigid’s Day to International Women’s Day

Traditionally, 1 February marks the beginning of Spring in Ireland, and has long symbolised hope, renewal, fertility and the feminine. In pre-Christian Ireland, the festival of Imbolc, which venerated Brigid as the goddess of poetry, healing and fire, began on this day. Later, Brigid of Kildare became Ireland’s only female patron saint.

The Irish government has chosen 1 February to showcase the achievements of women and to celebrate diversity. In response, the Academy is showcasing Women of the Rising and Mná na hÉireann in an exhibition running until International Women’s Day on 8 March, to accompany the Women on Walls exhibition that hangs here at Academy House permanently.

We encourage you to visit over the course of the exhibition to read the entries for Brigid and some of the other women featured, from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Biography.

Women of the Rising

From 1916 portraits and lives, edited by James Quinn and Lawrence William White
Artwork by David Rooney

Featuring: Kathleen Lynn, Constance Markievicz, Helena Molony, Elizabeth O’Farrell, Mary Perolz, Margaret Skinnider

Special exhibition offerunframed prints €60 (RRP €125); 1916 Portaits and Lives €20 (RRP €30)

Lithograph prints on 500x500mm cuts of 170 gsm uncoated Munken Lynx rough paper (image area 280x270mm); signed and numbered by David Rooney; limited to 100 pressings.

Film: Artist David Rooney demonstrates the technique he used to create the prints for the 1916 portraits and lives project. Filmed and edited by Jaroslava Kostkova; music by David Rooney.


Mná na hÉireann

From Our future will become the past of other women, by Eavan Boland, MRIA
Artwork by Paula McGloin

Inspired by: Maud Gonne, Augusta Gregory, Hibernia, Cynthia Longfield, Kathleen Lynn, Mary MacSwiney, Constance Markievicz, Sinead Walsh

Special exhibition offer: unframed prints (on 140gsm Tauro offset; image size 205x205mm) €10; Curlew print linen bags (handmade and printed in Ireland) €75. 

Eavan Boland reads ‘Our future will become the past of other women’ at its presentation by Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ireland’s permanent representative to the United Nations, at the UN General Assembly in New York, 5 December 2018. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Fiona Shaw reads ‘Our future will become the past of other women’. RUFF Studio; music by Jamie Dean.


Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 9.30 to 17.00; Friday, 9.30 to 16.30.

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