“She’s a Republican Bitch”; Violence towards anti-treaty women by the National Army and the Irish Free State during the Irish Civil War
Venue: Church of Ireland
This talk addresses the violence against anti-treaty women by the National Army and the Free State Government. Deeply apprehensive about the actions of militant women working with the anti-treaty IRA and anxious about the activities of political anti-treaty women or ‘furies’, they dealt with their concerns through an increase in abusive language and physical violence towards women, as well as gendered and sexual violence. The construct by the State of these women as dangerous (mad and/or bad) would have a long-lasting legacy into the post-war State.