Dublin City Library exhibit features Irish women during WWI

by Quinn Kanner
Mrs Martha Oman is the longest serving female member of St John Ambulance in Ireland, with over 68 years of service. She made the pinstriped nursing officer’s uniform on display as part of the Doing their bit: Irish Women and the First World War exhibit, which is a replica of the uniform worn by Kate Middleton Curtis.

The exhibit “Doing Their Bit: Irish Women and the First World War” is currently on display in the Dublin City Library and Archive on Pearse Street.

“The role of Irish Women in World War I is a story that is yet to be fully told,” senior archivist Ellen Murphy said.

“Against the background of the campaign for female suffrage and the struggle for Irish Independence, this exhibit explores how the First World War impacted the lives of Irish women and greatly accelerated the changes which had been slowly taking place in society before the outbreak of the war.”

There will be a 4-week long lecture series accompanying the exhibit at City Hall Tuesdays at 1:10 starting April 3. Speakers include Dr Bernard Kelly, the Dublin City Library and Archive’s Historian-in-Residence, UCD lecturer Dr Finnouala Walsh and historians Hugh McGuinness and Dr Yvonne McEwen.

There will also be a talk at the Dublin City Library and Archive on April 17 at 6:30 pm entitled “Women of the Brigade: St. John Ambulance & the First World War.”

The exhibit will be open Monday–Thursday, 10am–8pm and Friday and Saturday 10 am–5 pm until April 28, excluding Easter weekend.

There are also guided tours available each Saturday in April at 11 am, and March 24 at 3 pm. The tours are free but need to be registered for via Eventbrite.

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