Seanad Éireann to mark International Women’s Day by unveiling painting by Leitrim artist

Seanad Éireann will celebrate International Women’s Day next Monday, March 8, 2021, and unveil a painting entitled “Her Surrender” by Leitrim artist Sinéad Guckian.

The Drumsna artist (and former county councilor) painted this after finding out that Elizabeth O’Farrell, the woman Patrick Pearse selected to get his message across, was negotiating to end hostilities at the end of Easter week Photo of Pearse when it was handed over to Brigadier General William Lowe.

Cathaoirleach Senator Mark Daly said, “International Women’s Day is a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day is also a call to action to accelerate gender equality. By showing this painting in the Seanad, we are remembering someone who came to symbolize the airbrushing of women from Irish history – Elizabeth O’Farrell. It is remembered because it has been forgotten. I also believe that there is room to improve the representation of women in the exhibition of works of art at Leinster House, so I proposed that the Joint Subcommittee on Art and Portraits be reinstated so that progress can be made on this.

“It is especially appropriate that the President of the House, Senator Regina Doherty, unveil the painting to the Order of Business during the Seanad session on Monday, March 8th.”

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