For our August talk we were delighted to have such an interesting topic from this excellent speaker. Sinead McCoole is a well known historian who has written extensively in the area of modern Irish History with a focus on the role of women, her books include A Life of Lady Lavery, Guns and Chiffon, No Ordinary Women and Easter Widows -the untold story of the 1916 Rising. As a Curator she has worked on exhibitions on Irish history and Irish Art which have toured Ireland as well as being on show in Northern Ireland, the US and Africa.
She has scripted a number of documentaries including Who is She?, Women of 1916, Guns and Chiffon and a Father’s Letter. In 2012, the Irish Government selected Sinéad as one of 10 historians to serve on an Expert Advisory Group for the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2022. For her Balbriggan talk, as well as looking at the national context, she spoke about local women including Sinéad Ní Fhlannagaín, De Valera and Molly Adrien and the sad death of Muriel McDonagh in Skerries.