Cumann na mBan members protest outside Mountjoy Prison during the War of Independence in July 1921. Placards read ‘Mother of God, open the prison gates; Release our Fathers and Brothers; and Mother of Mercy, pray for prisoners.’

The word combatants have been used in recent times to describe the contribution of Cumann na mBan. However, it must be remembered that when using the (...)

A large anti-conscription demonstration in Dungannon. Photograph: Photo12/UIG/Getty Images

The anti-conscription campaign was arguably nationalist Ireland’s most complete, and bloodless, victory over British imperialism in the 20th century. (...)