Lucy Collins’ Poetry by Women in Ireland: A Critical Anthology 1870-1970, published by Liverpool University Press in 2012, has made a crucial intervention in the field of Irish women’s literary history. As one reviewer described it, it reveals ‘a hitherto hidden history of poetry’…
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Maud Anna Evans Joynt (1868-1940), Celtic scholar, linguist, feminist, vegetarian and Buddhist, was ahead of her time. Born in Roscommon, she learned Greek age 5 and went on to gain a first-class hons BA and MA in modern literature from the Royal University.
Violet Gibson (1876-1956), Dubliner famous for shooting Benito Mussolini in 1926. Of the dictator's four would-be assassins, she came closest. Now Dublin City Council has voted to put up a plaque to her. After the shooting, she was committed to a UK asylum.