At EPIC we believe that Ireland has given far more to the world than stereotypes. That's why this St. Patrick's Day we want to make sure we're doing our bit to help keep Dublin and Ireland truly...Read More
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First woman veterinary surgeon in Britain and Ireland
Aleen Cust was the daughter of a baronet, but a life of ease was not for her. When her father died in 1878, her new guardians – also...Read More
Missionary from Millisle, Co. Down
Amy Carmichael was born into a prosperous, middle-class Ulster Presbyterian family, but when her father died in 1885, her education came to an abrupt halt. From...Read More
US Open tennis champion, writer and actor
Mabel was twelfth of the thirteen children of landowner and barrister Michael Cahill of Ballyconra House, Ballyragget and his wife, Margaret Mangan....Read More
The founder of the Royal Ballet who was always "of Ireland"
To this day, the Irish born dancer, Dame Ninette de Valois is still described as the doyenne of the dance, the grand dame of English...Read More
The first female stockbroker in the world, joining the Dublin Stock Exchange in 1925
Una Mary Irene Keogh was born in Dublin in 1903 to Joseph Chapman Keogh of Wicklow and Annie Kathleen Doyne of...Read More
A labour rights activist from Cork who was once declared "the most dangerous woman in the United States"
Mary Harris Jones (aka "Mother Jones") was a union activist. She founded the Social...Read More
Performed the first caesarean section in British Empire, from Cork
Originally published in 2016 on Herstory Ireland (click here to view).
It’s fair to say that in 2016 we have arrived at a time...Read More
The first female computer programmer, and a pioneer in the field
We have Kathleen ‘Kay’ McNulty and six other people to thank for our modern day computers. Kay was one of the six original...Read More
Record-breaking aviator, athlete, and campaigner for women’s rights
Before Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson, there was Lady Mary Heath, the original heroine of the skies. Born Sophie Pierce-Evans in...Read More