The Museum plan to organise an exhibition that accurately reflects the role Waterford women played in gaining an independent Ireland.
Many stories are written and indeed continue to be written about the freedom fighters that fought for Irish independence and a Free State. But, what of the women who also risked their lives for this cause. Much has also been written of the Waterford men directly involved in the War of Independence and Civil War but the stories of the local women have largely remained untold.
The women locally were involved with carrying messages, hiding arms, tending the sick and wounded, and providing safe houses, acting as look out, organising fundraisers and many more duties. A witness statement by P.J. Paul, Officer commanding the East Waterford Brigade, 1919-1921, pay tribute to the valuable services provided by local women as individuals throughout the City and County (Bureau of Military History).
The Women's League "Cumann na mBan" an auxiliary force was founded in Dublin on the 2nd April 1914, due to the exclusion of women from the newly formed Volunteers.
We are looking for the individual stories of those involved. If you can help us with our research, stories, documents, photos etc. please contact Waterford County Museum, Friary St, Dungarvan
by email or phone 058 45960
Photo above of Mary Ormonde, Dungarvan (standing 3rd left) was a member of Cumann na mBan c1920