By Mary McAuliffe, Dublin: Historical Association of Ireland and University College Dublin, Press, 2020, pp. 137, p/b, £14.97, ISBN 978-1-910820-53-7 and ISSN 2009-1397.
This small but compelling book tells the remarkable story of Margaret Skinnider (1892-1971), feminist, Irish revolutionary, trade unionist, political activist and teacher. Born in Scotland of Irish parents, a militant suffragette in Glasgow, she became a combatant in the 1916 Easter Rising, the only woman wounded in the conflict. After the Irish civil war, during which she was a leading figure in the anti-Treaty IRA, she returned to teaching, became one of its trade union leaders and continued the fight for equality and justice for all. She was supported by a near fifty-year partnership with Nόra O’Keeffe, another Irish revolutionary. She was buried with full honours in the Republican plot, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, alongside Constance Markievicz.
Dr Mike Mecham, St Mary’s University, London