Cumann na mBan Mural Wall

Cumann na mBan mural wall

The Cumann na mBan mural celebrates Belfast women’s involvement in the Irish independence movement. The organisation was founded in Dublin in 1914 to support the work of the Irish Volunteers. The Belfast branch was established in 1915 and attracted prominent female nationalists, including James Connolly’s daughters, Nora and Ina.

The Belfast branch was considered to be exceptional as it trained members in first aid, military drills and rifle shooting similar to the Irish Volunteers. It was active during the Easter Rising, with three contingents travelling to Dublin and stationed at Liberty Hall. These women were responsible for finding the leaders of the Rising on Easter Sunday morning to tell them Eoin MacNeill had called off the Rising.

Later, Cumann na mBan campaigned for Countess Markievicz and Winifred Carney in the 1918 election. After partition, however, Cumann na mBan’s membership in Belfast declined because many of its prominent members had left the city as a result of political harassment.