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No Ordinary Women Hardcover – Dec 2003

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press (Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299195007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299195007
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,693,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An outstanding book, painstakingly researched, accessibly structured and beautifully presented ... This is a book about who we are, peopled by familiar faces. Its pages are friends. Yes, it is a monument of sorts; certainly a tribute and a rich resource. More than anything, it is a great story waiting too long to be told.'

(Irish Independent Irish Independent)

'This book is important to the study of the period and to the hidden history of women in Ireland'

(Dermot Bolger - The Sunday Tribune The Sunday Tribune)

'a remarkable book'

(Irish Examiner)

'What amazed me was the extraordinary bravery of the women, which would never have been recorded had it not been for this book'

(Irish Examiner) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sinead McCoole is the author of "Hazel" and "Guns and Chiffon: Women Revolutionaries and Kilmainham Gaol." She has scripted a series of short films and curated historical and art exhibitions for Duchas, (Ireland's heritage service) and for Dublin's Municipal Gallery of Modern Art. She lives in Dublin and works as a researcher and lecturer at the Kilmainham Gaol Museum.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
In the early part of the 20th century Irish women of any class were not expected to participate in politics - like their English counterparts they did not even have the vote - but an extraordinary number of them participated in Ireland's struggles. Many were involved in the Easter Rising and the subsequent Civil War, but they also, for example, ran soup kitchens for those affected by the Lockout which marked the response to James Larkin's attempts to obtain workers' rights and Trade Union recognition. This book tells the stories of many of these women. It is beautifully produced book, sensitively presented and written in a style that draws the reader into the period effortlessly. Sinead McCoole has done a great service by collecting this material and recording for posterity what these women did. Many of them, after their country's time of need, quietly went back to their ordinary lives and their stories would otherwise have been lost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on 12 Dec. 2013
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I ordered the book because I had the original book when it was printed &my daughter asked me could she have the original. So that is the reason for me ordering this copy. .
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A book that makes you reassess modern Irish history 21 Oct. 2010
By Christopher Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a brilliant book full of excellent research and historical detail. It is important in that it redefines the role of women during the War of Independence and Civil War eras. The role of women in supporting the IRA guerilla war has been sadly neglected and even downplayed by later irish historians. It was the women of the Cumann na mBan that were engaged in gun running, arms caches, message carrying, safe houses and the other vital roles that allowed the IRA to avoid the Black and Tans and carry out attacks. The majority of the Cumann na mBan went on to support the anti-treaty side and provided support to the forces opposed to the Free State. What struck me was how young some of these women were when they forst engaged in supporting the guerilla fighters of the IRA, some barely 17 or 18. The book is full of fascinating biographies of the women about which much is known. Sadly the vast majority of those engaged in the work of the Cumann na mBan left no records of their experiences and in later years were almost whitewashed out of history. This excellent book firmly re-established women as having been central to the development of modern Ireland.
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No Ordinary Women: Irish Female Activists in the Revolution 10 Dec. 2003
By Indulgerdrum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have yet to read the whole book, but what I have seen so far looks to be an exciting resource on a much neglected subject. The bios are excellent. I will critique the rest when I have a chance.
great book 4 May 2014
By carolyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great read about women in the Irish Revolution. I especially appreciated the writing of lesbians back into the historical record.
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