A short list highlighting the greatness and importance of Countess Constance Markievicz:
A feminist, labour activist and Irish nationalist.
- Born in London to a wealthy family but developed an affinity for the poor, as her father helped the tenants of his land during the famine
- Daughter of an arctic explorer
- Childhood friend of W.B Yeats
- Met the Queen
- Involved in the Labour movement and women’s suffrage
- Married and subsequently amicably separated from a Polish Count
- Ran a soup kitchen for poor school children
- Was 2nd in command during the 1916 Easter Rising.
- Initiated the conflict by approaching a police officer and shooting him in the head.
- Sentenced to death but survived on account of her gender.
- “I do wish your lot had the decency to shoot me.”
- “I did what was right and I stand by it.”
- Opposed the Anglo-Irish treaty, demanding a United Ireland
- Became a Member of Parliament but refused to take her seat as it would have meant swearing allegiance to the King and the British.
- Became one of the first members of the Dáil Éireann, an illegal government at the time.
- By the time she had died she had given away all of her wealth and passed in a public ward “among the poor where she wanted to be”.
- When she died thousands of working class people lined the streets to honour her,