06 Feb Countess Markievicz
Ten things you probably didn’t know about Countess Markievicz
1 – Her father, Henry Gore-Booth was an Arctic explorer and philanthropist
2 – She grew up in Lissadell House in Co. Sligo. It was here that her only child, Maeve Allys, was born in 1901.
3 – Markievicz attended the Slade School of Art in London and later continued her studies in Paris, where she met her husband.
4 – She had a small part in George Russell’s (AE) play Deirdre which was on in the Abbey Theatre in 1907
5 – Constance was the first woman to be elected to parliament at Westminster but she never took her seat.
6 – She was jailed for the first time in 1911 for speaking at an Irish Republican Brotherhood demonstration of over 30,000 people.
7 – There is some debate as to whether her husband ever had the right to call himself ‘Count’ and therefore Constance ‘Countess. See the Lissadell archives here
8 – In 1913 Constance’s husband, Casimir, moved back to Ukraine, and never returned to live in Ireland. Although he was by her side when she died in 1927.
9 – Countess Markievicz died on the 15th July 1927, at the age of 59, from complications related to appendicitis.
10 – 300,000 people attended her funeral and she is buried at Glasnevin Cemetery.
What her contempories said of her
“One thing she had in abundance—physical courage; with that she was clothed as with a garment.” – Séan O’Casey
“Two girls in silk kimonos, both beautiful, one a gazelle” WB Yeats.
Resources and Links
To read more about Countess Markievicz here are some resources
Constance Markievicz: Irish Revolutionary by Anne M. Haverty