"I have heard him speak of the Ireland he wished to see. When he struck the spark on the anvil, he struck the anvil in my heart. When I leave school, the only pursuit I want to engage in is the winning of the freedom of my country."
~ Michael Collins
This was my first paper presentation at the Undergraduate Research Conference. I presented a paper I had written during the Fall of 2011 in the Ireland from 1600 course taught by Professor Anthony Daly. This presentation allowed me to further explore the role of women during Easter Rising 1916, when Irish Rebel groups attempted to gain independence from Great Britain. Although this attempt failed, it inspired the Irish people to rise up and fight the British in the Irish Civil War 1922-1923 which ended in the creation of the Irish Free State. My presentation discussed the forgotten women who helped fight for Irish independence during these tumultuous times.