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Revolutionary woman: Kathleen Clarke, 1878-1972 : an autobiography
Clarke, Kathleen, 1878-1972.
Publication Information:
Dublin : O'Brien Press, 1991.
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240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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DA965.C48 A3 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A UNIQUE, ABSORBING, FIRSTHAND ACCOUNT OF AN ACTIVIST DURING THE MOST EXCITING PERIOD IN IRISH HISTORY Kathleen Clarke was a political activist and wife of Tom Clarke, first signatory of the Easter 1916 Proclamation. She was entrusted with all the plans and decisions of the Irish Republican Brotherhood prior to the Rising and in its aftermath lost both her husband and her only brother, Ned Daly, who were executed. Her story is one of incredible personal courage and commitment and an authentic account of the turbulent times and the famous people who shaped the future of Ireland.

Kathleen knew and worked with many of the major figures in modern Irish history - De Valera, Michael Collins, Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, and the book contains personal, enlightening, often funny and sometimes controversial insights into these fascinating personalities.

As well as the 1916 period her story includes the setting up of Cumann na mBan, the O'Donovan Rossa funeral, Kathleen's period in prison with Countess Markievicz and Maud Gonne Mac Bride, the Black and Tan raids, the Treaty and the Civil War. Kathleen remained politically active all her life and in 1939 became the first woman Lord Mayor of Dublin. She died in 1972, at the age of 94 and was honoured with a State funeral.

Illustrated with rare historical material and photos from the Clarke and Daly family albums.

Edited by Helen Litton, granddaughter of Laura Daly O'Sullivan, younger sister of Kathleen Clarke. She lives in Dublin and works as a freelance indexer, proof-reader and editor.

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Many firsthand accounts have been published about events in Dublin during the Easter Week uprising against the British in 1916. Clarke's memoir makes a significant contribution to the genre. Clarke came from a prominent Irish revolutionary family. Her uncle, John Daly, was a celebrated leader of the Fenian movement. Her brother Ned and husband, Tom Clarke, president of the short-lived "Republic" established in 1916, were executed by the British. Clarke herself played a key role in the Irish struggle for freedom. In the 1920s she was elected to the Dublin Corporation and in 1939 became the first woman Lord Mayor of Dublin. Her memoir is peopled with rich personalities like Eamon de Valera and the Countess Markievicz, with whom she was imprisoned for almost a year. The book sheds light on the relationship between activists in Ireland and sympathizers in the US who contributed money and weapons to the cause. Details of Clarke's personal life and the role of women in a revolutionary situation are also evocatively portrayed. All levels.-J. H. Wiener, City College, CUNY