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Molony, Helena, 1883-1967



  • Existence: 1883-01-15 - 1967-01-29

Biographical note

Helena Molony was born in 1883 in Dublin, Ireland. In 1903 she joined Inghinidhe na hÉireann (Daughters of Ireland), a women’s nationalist organization, and became the editor of Bean na hÉireann, the first women’s journal to be published in Ireland. She was arrested in 1911 for participating in protests organized by Sinn Féin, but was released after fourteen days. As a member of the Citizen Army, she fought in the 1916 Easter Rising and was again imprisoned. After her release, she assisted Countess Constance Markievicz, the Minister of Labor in Dáil Éireann, and served as a District Justice in the Republican court in Rathmines. In the 1930s she was active in the Women’s Prisoners’ Defense League and also became president of the Irish Trade Union Congress, a position she held for ten years. Moloney died January 29, 1967.

Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Identifier

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Loretta Clarke Murray collection of women in revolutionary Ireland


This collection includes papers and artifacts of women and organizations involved in the fight for Irish independence. A majority belonged to Máire Gill and relate to her work with Cumann na mBan, a women’s Irish republican organization, as well as her work with Cuala Press and the women’s sport of camogie. Additionally, there are materials relating to women’s suffrage. Of note are a banner made by Maud Gonne and a journal of Margaret Skinnider’s involvement in the 1916 Easter Rising.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research; a portion is available digitally.

Dates: 1893 - 2008; Majority of material found within 1916 - 1950