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Celebrating the role of women in the 1916 Easter Rising

Women dressed in period uniform listen to Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD speak during the Sinn Fein commemoration marking the 1916 Easter Rising centenary commemorations at Milltown Cemetery, Belfast. Picture by Liam McBurney, Press Association
MY memory is that I ended up, almost by accident, at the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 Rising on Belfast's Falls Road. My cousin Alfie Hutton asked me did I want to go. And I said I did. I was 12. My memory of it is hazy: crowds, colour and Casement Park. I was 17 when I went to my second Easter parade in 1971. My memory of that is a riot, being cautioned by the IRA and wearing a James Connolly badge, like it was a fashion accessory to my Wranglers. I later learned about Connolly when I went to prison. The riot started when the group I was with prevented two RUC officers from t[...]
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