2a Carlisle Circus

Carlisle CircusWinifred Carney was a prominent republican, trade-unionist and feminist in early twentieth-century Belfast. She was member of the militant Citizen Army and Cumann na mBan, and became president of the Belfast branch of Cumann na mBan in 1917. Through her involvement in the trade union movement, Carney became friendly with James Connolly. She served as his personal secretary and was fully informed of the 1916 Rising plans. She was stationed with Connolly at the G.P.O. during the Rising itself, typing dispatches and performing nursing duties.

Carney was interned in Aylesbury prison for her role in the Rising. She unsuccessfully stood as a candidate in the 1918 Westminster election as one of only two female Sinn Féin candidates. She blamed her poor result on a lack of support from the party. Carney later opposed the treaty and was known to harbour republicans such as Markievicz and Austin Stack at her home in Carlisle Circus.