Just a quick post, two fantastic images from an Irish History Workshop/ Saotharlann Staire Éireann workshop report dealing with a Dublin History Workshop at Liberty Hall between the tenth and the twelfth of March, 1978. The workshop report was found hiding in the wrong section at the recent Trinity College Dublin booksale. It includes the text of varied reports given at the conference such as Dr O’ Connor Lysaght’s talk on ‘The Munster Soviet Creameries’ and Margaret Ward’s presentation on ‘The Ladies Land League’
(l-r: Miriam Daly, Matt Merrigan, Nora Connolly O’ Brien, Jack Gannon)
The inside page notes that Miriam Daly was “the victim of a sectarian assasination” between the time of the conference and the time of publication, and that Nora Connolly O’ Brien, daughter of James Connolly, had passed away since the conference.
From the symposium ‘The Relevance of Connolly’
Matt Merrigan (Dist. Sec. ATGWU, Socialist Labour Party)
Dr. Noel Browne T.D
Miriam Daly (Queens University and Irish Republican Socialist Party)
Nora Connolly O’ Brien
Michael O’ Riordan (Gen. Sec. Communist Party of Ireland)
An interesting photo this, from page 54 of the report.
4/5.11.1978 Dublin. Dublin History Workshop
(l-r: Michael McInerney, Sheila Humphries (Sighle Bean Ui Dhonnchada), Babs O’ Donoghue, George Gilmore)
Snapped outside Liberty Hall, this is just a great shot.
Sheila Humphries of course was a key member of Cumann na mBán at the time of (and long before) the Republican Congess who, along with Eithne Coyle, had become involved with the new venture before leaving due to unease within CnamB with their involvement.
George Gilmore was a key player in the foundation of the Republican Congress, who resigned from the IRA at the same time as Frank Ryan and Peadar O’ Donnell.
I would welcome information on Michael and Babs, who complete this fantastic shot.