Fianna Fáil Councillor Sinead Guckian proposed that the Council consider marking the 100th Anniversary of Cumann na mBan in Leitrim by naming, an unnamed public building, road, bridge or park after Cumann na mBan. The request received the full support of the council members.
“It is fitting and appropriate that the Council recognise the role of women in Irish life and those women of Cumann na mBan who played such a vital role in the struggle for independence,” Cllr Guckian stated. She pointed out the lack of Government engagement or recognition for the 100th Anniversary of Cumann na mBan, which is in April this year.
“The fact that currently there is no plan by the government to honour the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cumann na mBan in the same way as the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers is a continuation of the lack of recognition,” she commented. “There are very few public buildings, bridges, parks or roads named after women and women’s organisations in the state. This is a short coming of Irish society given the vital role of women in our country and in our county,” Cllr Guckian stated.
Cumann na mBan was founded in Wynne’s Hotel on the 2nd of April 1914. The women played a key role in the 1916 Rising, worked as Red Cross workers and transferred arms.