Cumann na mBan protest outside Mountjoy Prison during the Irish War of Independence. Photograph: WD Hogan /courtesy of the National Library of Ireland Cumann na mBan protest outside Mountjoy Prison during the Irish War of Independence. Photograph: WD Hogan /courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Details of the role women played in the key conflicts in Ireland from 1916 to 1923 were unveiled in military service pension files released yesterday(...)

In a 1945  reference for his former secretary Eamon DeValera wrote : ’Miss O’Connell has read for me her evidence. I agree with it in general.’  Eamon de Valera pictured in uniform circa 1914. Images:  Keogh Brothers/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images and  the Military Service Pensions Archive

Showing that the fight for Irish independence went beyond the confines of this island, two remarkable Irish emigrant women made their cases for the aw(...)