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Women of the Rising Louise Gavan Duffy

Women of the Rising Louise Gavan Duffy

An extract taken from an interview recorded with Louise Gavan Duffy. The interview was used in the programme 'Women of the Rising' first broadcast on Radio Éireann 1 April 1956

Best known for her involvement in nationalist politics, the Gaelic revival, and the women's suffrage movement in Ireland, Louise Gavan Duffy joined Cumann na mBan on its foundation in 1914 and was made joint secretary.

She had no foreknowledge the planned Rising until Easter Monday 1916. In this interview, she recalls how she heard that a rebellion was taking place in Dublin. She made her way to the GPO and asked to speak to Padraig Pearse having told him she did not agree with the rebellion asked what she could do to help. Louise describes how she spent the week in the GPO providing food for the volunteers working with Desmond Fitzgerald.