During the period 1912-22, Donegal women actively participated in the events of the Irish revolution. Organisations such as Cumann na mBan played an important role in Donegal’s Civil War with members often acting as couriers and spies. Unionist women were involved in the defence of the link to Britain. During the signing of the Ulster Declaration in Donegal many lower class women marked the Declaration with an ‘X’ as they could not read or write.

Crampsie, A., A Decade of Change:  Donegal and Ireland, 1912-1923 Document Study Pack (Donegal County Archive Service, 2013)