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Centenary of death of Muriel MacDonagh this month

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Centenary of death of Muriel MacDonagh this month thumbnailMuriel, widow of Thomas MacDonagh, with their daughter, Barbara. MT27107JOC

MURIEL MacDonagh, the widow of Tomas MacDonagh - one of the signatories of the Irish proclamation and a leader of the 1916 Rising - is commemorated this weekend in a programme of events in Skerries, Co Dublin.
Muriel tragically died on July 9, 1917. The records indicate that she was trying to place a small tricolour on the island close to the beach in Skerries, as the local RIC had forbidden it to be flown publicly. There were frantic efforts to save her when she got into difficulty swimming out, but she suffered heart failure and was lost.
Her subsequent funeral to Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin, the first public event that the Irish people could support since the Rising, brought thousands out to mourn her passing.
To mark the centenary of the death of Muriel MacDonagh there will be a series of talks on Saturday July 8 in the Old School, Dublin Road, Skerries, from 11am-5pm. The Cloughjordan Heritage Group members will attend the talks (free to the public) and all are welcome to travel with the group. To book a seat on the bus, fee €25, phone (087) 3946862.
The featured speakers will include:
 John Dorney looks at the year 1917; a year of seismic change across Ireland in the aftermath of the Rising and the war still raging on the European continent. 
Marie Bashford-Synott will be presenting a paper that delves into her research into the lives of the women of Cumann na mBan during the revolutionary period. 
Liz Gillis presents her accounts of the life and times of the widows of the executed leaders of the insurrection of Easter Week 1916.
Gerard Shannon presents his research and findings of the last number of years into the death of Muriel MacDonagh off Shenick Island one hundred years ago.

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