Elections 1923

A general election was called for the Fourth Dáil Éireann on the 27th August 1923. A call to dump arms had brought an uneasy peace to the Irish Civil War. Five women were elected however only one took her seat, Margaret Collins-O’Driscoll. She was the sister of Michael Collins who had been killed in an ambush the previous August and was pro-treaty.  The remaining four of those who were elected and did not take their seats were Constance de Markievicz, Dr Kathleen Lynn, Caitlín Brugha, and Mary MacSwiney. They did not support the establishment of the Irish Free State. You can learn more about these women and the election in the Virtual Tour and on the 100 Year Journey.

Caitlín Brugha addressing a meeting in Kilbrien. Courtesy of Waterford County Museum.

To mark this centenary Mná100 held the third workshop in partnership with the National Print Museum. 4th and 5th class students from Glenbeg National School, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, were invited to create election posters on the 5 women who were elected.

Children’s posters from their workshop in the National Print Museum

The class was split into two groups. While one group was printing the other got a chance to visit the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. There they were treated to the tour ‘Revolutionary Women’, which was especially adapted for the primary school students. You can see what wonderful resources the National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks have for both educators and families here.

Children’s posters from their workshop in the National Print Museum

See more photographs from the workshop below