May 24, 2022

Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington (1877 - 1946)

Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington (1877 - 1946)

Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington (1877 - 1946), suffragette, feminist, nationalist, and socialist was born in Kanturk Cork on 24 May 1877. On marrying her husband, Francis Skeffington, in 1903, they took each other's last names as a demonstration of equality within their relationship.

Tragically Francis died in 1916 as a result of an extrajudicial killing. An inquiry into the unjustified killing of Hanna's husband proved to be unsatisfactory and she embarked on a speaking tour of the United States where she criticized the British military and their activities in Ireland. 

Hanna opposed the Anglo-Irish treaty and split with De Valera on his entry to Dáil Éireann. She supported herself and her son Owen through her journalistic efforts.

Hanna Sheehy Skeffington died in Dublin on 20 April 1946.