Irish Women and the First World War Podcast


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Feb 12, 2005
Near Podcasts » The History Show Episode Fourteen

Podcast on Irish women and WW1 from the Irish History Show on Near FM.

On this episode we're joined by Fionnuala Walsh of Trinity College Dublin to talk about Irish Women and the First World War.

In Ireland, the First World War saw not only participation in the global conflict but also the beginnings of nationalist revolution. What did all of this mean for Irish women?

Some of the issues covered on the show include:
Political involvement of women in this period.
The Suffrage movement.
The Separation Women.
Women moving into the workforce during the war.
The role of women in Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army.
The role of women in British Army recruitment propaganda.

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Mar 18, 2013
Wonderful stuff. Thanks for this.

After the heavy losses of the Somme, a report was commissioned to investigate using women as substitutes for men in auxiliary roles. Soon after, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was formed. Initially, women held roles from cooking and waiting on officers; to serving as clerks, telephone operators, store-women, drivers, etc. However, on the 31st March 1917, the WAACs arrived on the Western Front. Many of these WAAC's were Irish... their contribution does, I believe, not receive enough recognition.

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