WATCH: Women of the Rising

The more we learn about the Women of 1916, the more we want to know.



Did you know there are currently several exhibitions on the Women of 1916 in Cork?

This spring the historic St Peter’s Church returned to public use as Cork City’s hub for its 1916 commemorations throughout the year ahead. On the 25th of May the exhibition titled Women of the Rising opened in St. Peter’s on North Main Street, Cork. The exhibition is part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme based on new information from the collections of the Military Archives, the National Cultural Institutions and private collections.

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This exhibition on the Women of 1916 gives an overview of the events of Easter Week and features some of the 300 women who took part in the Rising. It has been curated by author and historian Sinéad McCoole following extensive research and engagement with the network of national commemoration coordinators in each local authority. The exhibition also draws on a treasure trove of material including:


  • Digitised material from the Military Archives 
  • Online source material including censuses, birth, deaths and marriage and other church records

For more information on this and other exhibitions happening in St. Peter’s Cork please visit



Extensive records of the National Cultural Institutions, in particular the National Library and National Museum of Ireland, which have contributed objects, images and documentation which have been brought together in for the first time. The exhibition will be on display in St. Peter’s Cork from the 25th of May until the 22nd of June and entry is free.

The Commemoration Centre will be open to the public from 11am to 7pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, with details on events available online.

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