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Mary MacSwiney

(1872—1942) Irish republican


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(1872–1942). Born in England, MacSwiney lived most of her life in Cork. Educated by the Ursuline nuns, she later taught for them, but lost her job as a result of her nationalist activity in 1916. Initially a suffragist, by 1914 she had decided to prioritize nationalism and joined Cumann na mBan. She came to prominence as a publicist for her brother Terence, and was elected to the second Dáil, where she is best remembered for her long speech against the Anglo-Irish treaty. A lifelong political activist, she also ran a girls' school in Cork.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.


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