'Cumann na mBan' and women in Irish republican paramilitary organisations, 1969-1986
Title: 'Cumann na mBan' and women in Irish republican paramilitary organisations, 1969-1986
Author: REINISCH, Dieter
Citation: Estudios Irlandeses, 2016, No. 11, pp. 149-162
2014 marked the centenary of Cumann na mBan, the Irish Republican women's organisation. While a number of recent publications have dealt with the first decade of Cumann na mBan, its existence in the second half of the 20th century has largely been neglected by academics. However, women played an integral part in the Republican struggle and many of these women held influential positions in the Irish Republican Movement. With this in mind, the article will discuss the role of Cumann na mBan within the so-called Provisional Republican Movement between 1969 and 1986. Based on 25 Oral History interviews with former members of the women’s organisation, the membership structure of the organisation and its activities will be discussed. In general, the role of women in the Irish Republican Movement will be examined along with a number of other factors which have hitherto been largely underplayed in the historiography of women activists in the Irish Republican Movement. This article will provide students and academics with literature for further in-depth research on Cumann na mBan. In essence, the aim of the article is to introduce Cumann na mBan into the historiography of the recent conflict in the North of Ireland.
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