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Doolan-City Council to unveil memorial in Honour of 1916 hero

12 January, 2007

Sinn Féin's Dublin South East Representative, Councillor Daithí Doolan, has today announced that, "Dublin City Council will be unveiling a memorial plaque in honour of one of the forgotten women of 1916, Elizabeth O'Farrell."

Speaking from Pearse Street, Cllr. Doolan said:

"I am delighted that Dublin City Council has agreed to my motion to honour Elizabeth O'Farrell in a fitting & honourable manner here in Dublin's south inner city with a plaque in city quay where she was born. To many Elizabeth O'Farrell will be known as Nurse O'Farrell who, while accompanying Padraig Pearse, handed over the official surrender to the British forces at Moore Lane in Easter 1916. I feel it only fitting that this city remembers this great woman and recognise the full role she played during those historic events of 1916."

"Elizabeth, a member of Cumman na mBan, played a full and active role in the Rising of 1916, but unfortunately Elizabeth O'Farrell was immediately written out of Irish history. Revisionists have attempted to air brush her out of our history. A brush was literally taken to the picture of the historic event and she was vanished from history."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan, said, "I hope we can use the event to reflect on her role in 1916 and ensure that women like Elizabeth take their rightful place in the records of Irish history."

For further information call Cllr. Daithí Doolan 086-8534666.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Vincent Jackson, will unveil a plaque this Saturday January 13th 11am honouring Elizabeth O'Farrell in City Quay Park on Sir John Rogerson's QuayD.2,

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