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Meet the Author � Dr Margaret Ward Listen back to John Bowman on RTE Radio 1 today as he discussed Owen Sheehy Skeffington - his childhood, his feminist and socialist politics & his influences from giants like Michael Davitt to extraordinary family influences primarily his parents Hanna & Francis Sheehy Skeffington

Fearless Woman
Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, Feminism and the Irish Revolution

Margaret Ward (author)
Paperback / softback,
Publication date:
15th July 2019

Author Biography

Dr Margaret Ward is a well-known feminist historian. Her recently published work, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: Suffragette and Sinn Feiner (UCD Press 2017) has been widely acclaimed. Her books include Unmanageable Revolutionaries: Women and Irish Nationalism (Pluto Press 1983) and a biography of Maud Gonne. She is currently honorary senior lecturer in History with the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen's University of Belfast.


This full-length biographical study - substantially rewritten and updated - of one of the most important women in Irish political life in the 20th century is now reissued by UCD Press. Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, part of a pioneering generation, played a significant role in the early Irish Republic.Hanna Sheehy Skeffington was a leading figure in the suffrage movement, she was an activist in the anti-war movement of 1914-18 and was an executive member of Sinn Fein. She opposed the Free State and provided consistent support for women's resistance to anti-women measures enacted by both Cumann na nGaedheal and Fianna Fail. Her later career saw her as an electoral candidate to the Dail in 1943 and she proved herself fearless in her fight for justice, confronting both the British Prime Minister and the President of the United States of America.Incorporating new archival research and featuring an array of newly discovered images, Ward brings to light previously unpublished material about Hanna's personal life: her relationship with her husband and her role as a single parent. This timely revised edition serves to highlight the fascinating life of a pivotal figure in feminist, labour and nationalist movements in Ireland.