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Céad Caoga Míle Fáilte*-150,000 Welcomes*

Bhí 150,000 príosúnaigh I bPríosúin Chill Mhaighneán    -    There were 150,000 prisoners in Kilmainham Gaol 

Josie McGowan Centenary Conference 2019

On Saturday 21 September we hosted the Josie McGowan Centenary Conference in the Labour History Society’s conference room, Beggar’s Bush barracks.

Josie McGowan was fatally injured in a police baton charge in Foster Place, Dublin 2, on 22 September 2018, and died a week later. So Saturday was the last day of the centenary of her injury, and almost the end of the centenary of her death.

There were four speakers in all – at 10.00 am Mícheál Ó Doibhilín started the Conference with a talk on 20-year-old Josie herself, and gave a meticulously illustrated and researched account of here life, while Mary McCauliffe – who was to talk on the women of the Irish Citizen Army but, due to a serious injury was unable to prepare this – spoke instead on the women of Cumann na mBan – a fascinating talk. Cathy Scuffil followed with a wonderful account of the women of Cumann na mBan in Dolphin’s Barn (where Josie was a member) and the final talk was an excellent and lively talk on the women of Cumann na mBan who were killed in the early 20th century revolutionary period.

Councillor Donna Cooney, of the Green Party, spoke briefly early in the Conference about the role of women today and how this had changed, and needed to change still more for equal partnership.

There was much debate from the floor before the Conference broke for lunch at 1.00 pm.

Then, at 1.30 pm Liz Gillis led a guided tour from Beggars’ Bush to Foster Place, stopping along the way at many well-known and not-so-well-known site of historic interest (including Mount Street Bridge for an detailed account of that battle in 1916). At Foster Place Mícheál outlined the circumstances of the DMP baton charge that led to Josie McGowan’s death, and announced the intention of erecting a plaque in memory of Josie there.

All involved declared this a most satisfactory event and, in the absence of any official commemoration of this, the first Cumann na mBan member to be killed during the revolution, a fitting way to remember young Josie McGowan 100 years after her tragic death.

We are grateful to the DDC's Decade of Commemorations Fund and the Irish Labour History Society for their support.
Irish Labour History Society, Beggars' Bush
Josie McGowan
Mícheál Ó Doibhilín gave an illustrated talk on the brief life of Josie McGowan - one of the forgotten participants in the Easter Rising - on Monday 26 September to a packed audience in Áras Chrónáin, Watery Lane, Clondalkin.
Josie was only 18 when she took part in the Easter Rising, fighting in the Marrowbone lane garrison. But two years later she was dead in tragic circumstances. Yet she was posthumously awarded not just the Easter Rising medal but also the Black and Tan/War of Independence one too. 
Overlooked until Mícheál researched her story, he believes she should be among our most honoured for her dedication and her bravery.
Thug Mícheál Ó Doibhilín léacht léaraithe ar saol gairid Josie McGowan - a ghlach páirt in Éirí Amach na Cásca - in Áras Chrónáin, Watery Lane, Cluain Dolcáin, ar an Luain, 26ú Meán Fómhair, ar a hocht a chlog iarnóin.
Ní raibh ach 18 bliain caite ag Josie nuair ghlach sí pair san Éirí Amach mar chuid de Gharastún Lána Marrowbone. Ach, laistigh de dhá bhliain eile, bhí sí marbh go tragóideach. Ach, má bhí, bronnadh - in éinneacht leis an Bonn 1916 - Bonn Cogadh na nDúbhchrónach uirthí freisin!
Deineadh deamad ar Josie go dtí gur thosaigh Mícheál ag taighdeah a saoil gairid, agus creideann sé gur cóir go mbéadh sí onóirithe inniúde dheasca a tiomnú agus a chrógacht.
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