Thomas MacDonagh Weekend 2017

Muriel & Barbara

Cloughjordan Honours Thomas MacDonagh

This year the Cloughjordan Heritage Group especially honours the memory of Muriel Gifford MacDonagh who tragically died on 9th July 1917.

Muriel & Barbara

Muriel had been an activist in her own right, distributing food in the 1913 Lockout and a member of Inghinidhe na hÉireann. Three of her sisters were involved in the Easter Rising: Nellie was in the Irish Citizen’s Army under the command of Michael Mallin and Countess Markievicz in Stephen’s Green; Grace married Joseph Plunkett on the eve of his execution in Kilmainham Jail; and Sydney, a journalist, found her voice in the journals of the time writing under the pen-name of John Brennan.

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Programme for the Thomas MacDonagh weekend 2017

The Thomas MacDonagh Summer School will take place on Saturday, 29 April, from 10am-4pm.

The fee is €15 (Heritage Group members and volunteers at the MacDonagh Museum €10)

Booking is essential, either ring 087 3946862 or pay online via PayPal

Ticket types

Summer School Schedule

10.30am Beyond 1916; Cumann na mBan and Revolutionary Propaganda

Speaker – Mary McAuliffe

Through her research Mary became interested in the contributions of women to Irish history, from the medieval to the modern and has gone on to publish several books.

11.30am The Family of Fredrick and Isabella Gifford (in-laws of Thomas MacDonagh)

Speaker – Lucille Redmond

Lucille Redmond, great-grand-daughter of Frederick and Isabella, shares her family history with us. She is a regular and welcome contributor to the Summer School.

12.30pm 77 Women Quilt – Remembering the Women in Richmond Barracks

Speaker – Máirín Johnston

Mairín was one of a group invited to creatively respond to the stories of the seventy seven women imprisoned in Richmond Barracks after the Rising. This project reflected the diversity of women’s experience in contemporary Ireland.


2pm Rathurles through the Ages

Caimin O’Brien will share his expertise in a talk on the ring fort and site of the Aonach or ancient gathering at Rathurles. Following his talk he will lead a guided tour of the site, with the kind permission of the Brereton family.

Guided Bus Tour

The tour will include: the historic site at Rathurles, the Devaney Memorial in Kilruane and Grawn Church

Contact us for more information

Phone: 087 3946862


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