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Only 7 out of over 200 public artworks in Dublin are dedicated to historic Irish women

We are challenging people to reflect on why Irish history has so few accounts of the achievements of women and why there is a remarkable lack of plaques, statues or monuments to celebrate their lives. 

We placed an unmissable empty plinth in the middle of O’Connell Street, a street associated with some of Dublin’s most iconic monuments, signifying the lack of historical Irish women recognised in our capital’s public artworks. 

While there are 48 statues in Dublin city centre celebrating Irishmen who have made history, there are only six statue artworks dedicated to five Irish women; Constance Marckievicz is remembered in two. 

Researching our Blazing A Trail Exhibition and with our involvement in the making of the groundbreaking documentary Herstory: Ireland’s EPIC Women with RTÉ, Herstory and Underground Films, we felt that we could not miss the opportunity to ask why so many trailblazing women have been overlooked by history.

“This is about showing people that there is an omission of women from history books, curricula and public monuments in our cities and towns. It is a large part of why projects like RTE’s Herstory: Ireland’s EPIC Women and exhibitions dedicated to the achievements of women, such as EPIC’s own Blazing A Trail are so vital” says Patrick Greene, CEO and Museum Director of EPIC.

“It is only relatively recently, through the tireless work of historians, academics, museums and documentary makers that people are learning about these women’s impact, influence and work in Ireland and abroad and celebrating them” added Dr Greene.

We are inviting people to the museum to get a deeper understanding of the influence of some of the Irish women who have left and to learn more about what Irish women have given the world. Whether it’s our inventors, writers, musicians, architects or scientists, there’s a great opportunity for everyone to visit EPIC and feel proud.

Blazing a Trail: Lives and Legacies of Irish Diaspora Women, runs until March 31st. Visitors can find out more about the lives and legacies of 21 pioneering Irish diaspora women of the 19th and 20th centuries who blazed a trail in a wide range of fields. This exhibition is free and open to the public. In addition, we are hosting a number of family events, discussions, walking tours and workshops highlighting the lives and stories of Ireland’s epic women, again running until the end of March. Details of all these events can be found on epicchq.com/herstory