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Uniform of Alice Cashel, Cumann na mBan

Uniform coat or tunic, Cumann na mBan, 1916 period. As worn by the donor Miss Alice Cashel. Alice Cashel was a member of the Cork Branch of Sinn Fein and a founding member, with Annie McSwiney, of the Cork Cumann na mBan, before the Irish Volunteers were established there.

Cumann na mBan, an Irish republican women's paramilitary organisation, was founded in response to the establishment of the male-only Irish Volunteers in 1913. Their first official meeting was in Wynn’s Hotel on 2 April 1914. The organisation went on to play a vital role in the Easter Rising, its members fighting alongside members of the Irish Citizen Army and the Irish Volunteers.