Women of the Roll


Several hundred women took part in the 1916 Rising, fighting alongside their male comrades, carrying dispatches and providing medical care. Most belonged to organisations such as Inghinidhe na hÉireann, Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army. This enabled women to play their role in the struggle for Irish independence.

While many more women participated in the Rising itself, only 157 signatures are recorded in the Roll.

It is believed that this is a photo of sixty of the Cumann na nGaedheal, Cumann na mBan and Irish Citizen Army women who were in the Easter Rising as part of the General Post Office, Jacob's Mill, Marrowbone Lane , South Dublin Union and College of Surgeons garrisons. Many were held in Kilmainham and Mountjoy prisons. A meeting of the Irish National Aid Association, 'Volunteer Dependents' Fund was held in Mr. and Mrs. Ely O'Carroll's house in Peter's Place, Dublin in the summer of 1916 and this photo was taken in their garden.

Women of 1916
Female Signatures
Standing (left) Back Row: 3rd Row: 4th Row: (2.3) Mary Joe Walsh
(L1) A.Tobin (6.1) M. Kely (3.1) May Moore (4.1) Nora Thornton (2.4) Mary Lawless
(L2) Aoife Taafe (6.2) Brigid Brady (3.2) Kathleen Lane (4.2) Rose Mulally (2.5) Jenny Miller
(L3) Marcella Cosgrave (6.3) Jeannie Shanahan (3.3) Sarah Kealy (4.3) Sheila O'Hanlon (2.6) Eileen Milner
(L4) Mrs Kathleen Murphy (6.4) Mrs Kathleen Barrett (3.4) Gertie Colley (4.4) Maria Quigley (2.7) K. Kennedy
(L5) Lucy Agnes Smyth (6.5) Rosie Hackett (3.5) Mary O'Hanrahan (4.5) Margaret O'Flaherty (2.8) May Byrne
Standing (right) (6.6) Margaret Ryan (3.6) Amee Wisley (4.6) Josie McGowan (2.9) Unknown
(R1) Martha Kelly (6.7) Brigid Davis (3.7) Brigdet Murtagh (4.7) Eileen Cooney (2.10) Annie Cooney
(R2) Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh (6.8) Chris Caffrey (3.8) Cilla (S) Quigley (4.8) Josie O'Keeffe Front Row:
(R3) Lilly O'Brennan (6.9) Patricia Hoey (3.9) Julia Grennan 2nd Row: (1.1) Madeline ffrench-Mullen
(R4) Elizabeth O'Farrell 5th Row (3.10) Statia Twomey (2.1) Rose McNamara (1.2) Miss Brigid Foley
(R5) Nora O'Daly (5.1) Brigid Foley (3.11) B. Walsh (2.2) Kathleen Kenny (1.3) Dr Kathleen Lynn
(R6) Mary Murray (5.2) Nora Foley
(5.3) Pauline Morecambe
(5.4) Dolly (O’)Sullivan
(5.5) M. Elliott
5.6) Mary (Mollie) (O’)Sullivan
(5.7) Tilley Simpson
(5.8) Mrs.Catherine(Cathleen) Treston