HERSTORY Ireland’s Epic Women shines a light on Irish women throughout the ages who have shaped business, the arts, science, power and revolution.
This weekly podcast runs alongside the 6 part TV series HERSTORY Ireland's Epic Women on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player in Spring 2020. HERSTORY Ireland's Epic Women is brought to you by Underground Films, EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, Herstory Ireland and RTÉ, mixed and produced by Cassie at Tall Tales, and presented by Dr Angela Byrne. Herstory Score composed by Scott Maher and Oisín Murray.
Cynthia Longfield: Madam Dragonfly | Herstory
Cynthia Longfield, 'Madam Dragonfly', was born in London in 1896 to Anglo-Irish parents. The family divided their time between London and the ancestral home in Cloyne, Co. Cork, where she enjoyed roaming the countryside.
Fanny Parnell: the patriot poet | Herstory
Fanny’s memory – and that of her sister, Anna – has been overshadowed by brother Charles, but she was a trailblazer in her own right. In her lifetime, her poetry was celebrated by Irish nationalists and her activism helped to bring many Irish and Irish-American women into politics.
Dr Isabel 'Ida' Mitchell: known and revered through all of China | Herstory
Isabel 'Ida' Mitchell typifies the emergence of a new group of Irish women, particularly from Ulster, in the last quarter of the nineteenth century – the female Presbyterian missionary. Often the daughters of churchmen, they were usually middle-class and educated.
Fanny Durack: Fighting for female Olympians | Herstory
Fanny Durack, daughter of Irish immigrants to Australia, won the first gold medal in women’s Olympic swimming in July 1912. Fanny created even more waves when she rejected a thick, modest woollen swimsuit with ‘as much drag as a sea-anchor’ in favour of a close-fitting suit in which she won the 100m freestyle.
Mary Lee: The trailblazer down under
Mary Agnes Walsh was born in Co. Monaghan in February 1821. She is now remembered as Mary Lee, one of the most prominent Australian suffragists, but she also advocated on behalf of women workers and asylum residents.
Dr. Maura Lynch: Saving lives while risking her own | Herstory
Dr. Maura Lynch was one of two Irish doctors who manned a 200-bed hospital in Angola during the Angolan civil war. She and her colleague treated patients from both sides of the conflict and when a neighbouring clinic shut down, Maura crossed 80km weekly to offer medical support to the people of Cuamato.
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