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Celebrating #IWD2021

At EPIC, we share the stories of pioneering Irish diaspora women and the trails they blazed in science, design, politics, sport and beyond.

This year, for International Women’s Day, we #ChooseToChallenge the biases and barriers that women face by remembering inspirational women who forged their own paths. Although we can’t celebrate with you in person, stay home and journey through the lives of these extraordinary women, learn more about our virtual workshops and enjoy the exciting online educational resources available that celebrate Irish women around the globe.

Inspiring Stories

Online Resources History at Home Easter Rising

Cynthia Longfield

The international dragonfly expert and intrepid explorer also known as ‘Madame Dragonfly’.

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Annie Besant

Trade unionist, socialist, Indian nationalist leader and one of the first women to endorse birth control.

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Fanny Durack

Irish-Australian record-breaking swimmer who won the first women’s Olympic swimming medal.

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Online Resources History at Home Easter Rising

Dr. Isabel Mitchell

The Ulster missionary doctor who devoted her career to saving the lives of countless Machurian women.

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Eileen Gray

Irish architect and designer from Co. Wexford who would later become a pioneer of modern design.

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Eva Gore Booth

The sister of Constance Markievicz who became an icon of suffrage, nationalism and LGBTQ+ defiance.

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Watch and Learn

We are collecting videos about extraordinary Irish women on our YouTube Playlist. Click here to visit.

Virtual Workshops

Educators, introduce your students to the richness and diversity of the stories featured in our museum no matter where you are. We have created a range of virtual educational experiences celebrating the lives and legacies of extraordinary Irish women to keep your students engaged.

EPIC Explorers: International Women’s Day Poster Making Workshop

EPIC Explorers: International Women’s Day Poster Making Workshop

Celebrate International Women’s Day by shining a light on Irish Women’s History and getting creative! Suitable for ages 6 – 12 years old, this workshop will explore the fascinating field of women’s history through an Irish lens, before we bring their stories to life through creative poster making!

Suitable for Primary Level Students

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EPIC Innovators

EPIC Innovators: International Women’s Day Poster Making Workshop

This secondary level workshop will explore why the study of women’s history is so important, and events that impacted women in Ireland over the 19th and 20th centuries. Including case studies of amazing women, such as Mother Jones, a suffragist and worker’s rights campaigner in the USA.

Suitable for Secondary Level students

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EPIC Explorers

EPIC Explorers: Female Explorers

In our ‘Female Explorers’ workshop, your class will explore the Primary history curriculum strands, the changing roles of women in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the history of exploration. Learn all about the feats of pioneering Irish female adventuresses and ignite the imaginations of your class, featuring the tale of suffragist and revolutionary investigative journalist Nellie Bly, who in 1889, travelled the world in just 72 days.

Suitable for 2nd-6th class

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Online Resources Emigrant Suitcases

EPIC Explorers and EPIC Innovators ‘Emigrants Suitcase Workshop’

Highlighting SESE curriculum-specific topics, step into the shoes of Famine emigrant Isabella McDougall or with Pirate Queen Anne Bonny, using a collection of objects and supporting materials. Learn all about the lives of these female Irish Emigrants , and take part in a range of activities such as debating, creative writing, drama and art.

Suitable for Primary and Secondary Students

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Online Resources Tiny Tots

Tiny Tots

Meet some of the museum’s famous female characters in a fun, interactive storytelling session for Junior -1st class students. Join pirate Queen Anne Bonney as she sails the seven seas, or meet journalist Nellie Bly as she travels around the world in just 72 days. Activities include singing, drawing, mathematics and sensory exploration.

Suitable for Junior Infants to 1st class

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Online Resources Women's History

EPIC Explorers and EPIC Innovators ‘Women’s History Poster or Illustration Workshop’

Our ‘Women’s History’ Poster Making or Illustration workshops look at how emigration allowed Irish women access to opportunities that weren’t available on Irish shores, and we will explore their fascinating stories through poster making and illustration. Choose which type of workshop would be suitable to your class and learn about fascinating Irish women who excelled in the areas of exploration, science and sports.

Suitable for Primary and Secondary Students

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EXTRAORDINARY IRISH WOMEN

As part of our weekly supplement with the Irish Times Abroad, we have explored the lives of many extraordinary Irish emigrants throughout history. From the pioneering Irishwomen who made exciting space discoveries to the world’s first female stockbroker, learn about the women who overcame barriers and blazed a trail for generations to come.

Online Resources History at Home Easter Rising

Maureen O’Hara: ‘An Irishwoman has guts and stands up for what she believes in’

The story of the late actor who grew up in Ranelagh, Co Dublin and would become an icon of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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Online Resources History at Home Explorers

The Waterford woman who put Ireland on the international fashion map

Sybil Connolly dressed some of the world’s most glamorous women from Jackie Kennedy to Elizabeth Taylor.

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Online Resources History at Home Computer Scientists

The Irishwoman who was the world’s first female stockbroker

Dubliner Oonah Keogh overcame number of barriers that her male contemporaries never had to deal with.

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Online Resources History at Home Computer Scientists

The story of Irish astronomer Rose O’Halloran

The Tipperary woman, who emigrated to the US, is credited as being the first to see a giant sunspot emerge on the sun’s limb.

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Kay McNulty, the Irish ‘mother of computer programming’

While raising seven children, she continued, uncredited, to programme computers her husband developed.

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Online Resources History at Home Easter Rising

The life of the Irishwoman who was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame

Black rights pioneer, Margaret Murray Washington, was the daughter of an Irish immigrant sharecropper.

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HERSTORY – Ireland’s EPIC Women Podcast

This weekly podcast was launched alongside HERSTORY Ireland’s Epic Women, the 6 part TV series on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player in Spring 2020, in collaboration with Underground Films, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Herstory Ireland and RTÉ. Mixed and produced by Cassie at Tall Tales, and presented by Dr Angela Byrne; Herstory Score composed by Scott Maher and Oisín Murray. Find the full podcast series here.