Unknown Magdalene Laundry with women at work: Women, the working classes and the poor  suffered inordinately at the hands of those newly established in power.

Dublin’s Mansion House Round Room has hosted many historic occasions: the first meeting of Dáil Éireann in January 1919 and the dramatic turnout of th(...)

Author and feminist Nell McCafferty at the Strike Repeal March on O'Connell Bridge on March 8th, 2017. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

We need to have a conversation about conception, pregnancy and motherhood. After that, we need to talk about abortion. The way I talked about both c(...)

Eavan Boland reading from her collection In a Time of Violence, at a Guinness Writers’ Lunch in Doheny and Nesbitt’s pub, Dublin, 1994. Photograph: Eric Luke

As a series of paintings flit across the screen, the poet Eavan Boland gives an affecting appreciation. “My mother painted these beautiful, evocative,(...)

Mary Anderson was one of the 12 founding members of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement in September 1970, and one of two women whose legal action f(...)

The Irish Times Women’s Podcast named director Louise Ní Fhiannachta as the recipient of the inaugural Irish Times Women’s Podcast Woman To Watch Award. Photograph: Roisín Ingle via Twitter

The Irish Times Women’s Podcast named director Louise Ní Fhiannachta as the recipient of the inaugural Irish Times Women’s Podcast Woman To Watch Awar(...)

From left, Danielle Galligan, Kate Gilmore, Lisa Lambe, Karen McCartney and Sophie Jo Wasson in The Train.  Photograph: Keith Dixon

The Train Project Arts Centre **** When it comes to women’s history, change is hard-fought and slowly won. Over the last 44 years, there have been cou(...)

Actors Karen McCartney, Lisa Lambe and Sophie Jo Wasson re-enact a scene from Train at Connolly station in Dublin

‘We’ll see if any of the actors have northern-sounding accents,” Derrywoman Nell McCafferty says of Rough Magic’s latest venture, The Train. Th(...)

A nun hands out ‘Yes’ leaflets at a Dublin polling station on the day of the 1983 referendum. Photograph: Pat Langan

A multimedia exhibition marking “40 years of struggle for contraception and reproductive rights in Ireland” opens in Dublin this evening. “History is (...)

Activists on the platform of Connolly Station, Dublin in 1971 prior to boarding the Belfast Train to buy contraceptives.  Photograph: The Irish Times

The Irish Women’s Liberation Movement secured a sensational publicity coup in 1971 when members boarded the so-called contraceptive train in Dublin an(...)