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Lizzie McCarthy

Waterford's Revolutionary Women 1916-1922

8. Lizzie McCarthy
Dungarvan, Co Waterford
National Cumann na mBan Organiser and Writer

Miss Lizzie McCarthy from Dungarvan, Co Waterford was a National Executive Organiser for Cumann na mBan from 1915, travelling to Cork, Killarney, Wexford and Limerick and establishing new branches in Tralee, Dingle and many more areas. The success of her tour led to the organisation of further tours to establish an active network of Cumann na mBan groups around the country. National Cumann na mBan organisers were chosen for their ability to speak publicly and talent for organising and motivating groups of women. This support from Executive Committee was a drive to create and educate women in the philosophy and skills necessary to support local volunteers. In many areas this support was given in the early day's organisation through National Organisers like Lizzie, sent by head office, Dublin to towns and cities around the country.

Late in 1915 early 1916 a nationalist publication 'The Gael' a weekly paper of nationalistic propaganda was first published. The printers were the "Gaelic Press" Dublin. Lizzy McCarthy wrote about Greece, where she had lived for a number of years. Another Waterford women coincidently who was also was a writer for the paper, Maura New, wrote in the youth section. Other writers were Seamus O'Neill then a Professor in Rockwell and P.C. O'Mahony who was based in Dungarvan, and wrote under an assumed name. O'Mahony's also wrote on Brazil, where he had lived for a number of years. Eamon O'Duibhjr, Irish Volunteers Organiser with the assistance of Dan Fraher (a founding member of the Gaelic Athletic Association and treasurer of the National Volunteers in Dungarvan), Lizzie McCarthy, P.C. O'Mahony, who had been transferred to Dungarvan from Cashel, and Willie Walsh of Waterford obtained 25 Lee Enfield rifles that were with the Volunteers in Dublin before the Easter Rising.

Bureau Of Military History National Activities, County Tipperary, l904-l9l6. Witness statement: Ballagh Gooldscross, Co. Tipperary, Centre of Irish Republican Brotherhood.
Bureau Of Military History, 1913-21. Witness statement: Document No. W.S. 1497 Witness Joseph McCarthy, 29, South Street, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Identity. 1st Lieutenant, New Ross Company. Vice Commandant, New Ross Battalion, p15-16.

Author: Chrissy O'Connor Knight & Eddie Cantwell

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