They say behind every great man there's a great woman ...
This International Women's Day, our Tour Guide Gillian Ryan recalls some of her favourite women in Irish history, including the women of 14 Henrietta Street.
Read on to discover what a day in the life was like for women in tenement times, and why Gillian admires them the most.
There’s a familiar saying, “Behind every great man, there’s a great woman.”
I don't believe that to be true.
Every woman stands equally beside every man especially in history. So here's a few names of some of the great Irish women who dominated the history books over the years that I often think of. We have Maria Edgeworth who was the best-selling author and educationist. None of us could forget Countess Markievicz, a nationalist and activist who picked up a gun for Irish freedom. Dr. Kathleen Lynn was a doctor and nationalist during that same time period. Further back, we have Lady Heath - an aviator and olympian. And of course, Gráinne Mhaol, a shrewd clan leader and sea captain who held her own when she came face to face with her English contemporary, Queen Elizabeth I.
These are but a few women whose names are in our history books today and we remember them for their incredible achievements. But for me, the most extraordinary women in Irish history the women that lived in Dublin’s tenement buildings.