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UCC marks women’s suffrage

Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 4:57pm

A parade commemorating 100 years since women were allowed to vote in Ireland will take place in UCC this Friday.

A century after women first went to the polls, the UCC School of History will present a celebratory parade around UCC’s iconic Quad on Friday 7 December at 12.15pm.

The parade will be led by Sabina Higgins, wife of President of Ireland Michael D Higgins. Following the parade will be a series of orations by UCC academics and staff playing the parts of well-known suffragettes including Emmeline Pankhurst (Dr Finola Doyle O’Neill), Hanna Sheehy-Skefffington (Bríd Drake) and Countess Markievicz (Dr Jean van Sinderen-Law).

Also following will be a discussion with speakers including Professor Helen Whelton, Head of the College of Medicine and Health in UCC, Deirdre Clune MEP, Fiona O'Loughlin TD and Professor Irene Lynch Fannon, School of Law in UCC.

Women went to the polling booths for the first time in December 1918. At the time the right was limited to women over 30 who had university qualifications or who owned property, with full voting rights only given to all men and women in 1922.

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