The Little Museum of Dublin has brought history to life with 15 short films covering nugget-sized pieces of Ireland’s history. This week’s topic is Constance Markievicz, the Irish politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist.
This series of stories, "The Little History of Dublin," tells the story of this great city in 15 bite-sized clips. Made with the generous support of Aer Lingus and the Department of Foreign Affairs, the films are now finding a global audience on IrishCentral.
Presented by ‘Professor’ Jamie Harrington – proud young Dub and YouTube sensation – the films cover subjects as diverse as Alfie Byrne, Maureen O’Hara and Switzer’s Department Store.
The Little Museum, voted the number one museum in Dublin on Yelp, is located on St. Stephen’s Green, in a beautiful Georgian building. The collection, created by public donation, reveals the history of the city over more than 100 years, from Queen Victoria’s visit to U2’s global success. Entry to the museum is by guided tour only and most tours sell out.
This week’s clip focuses on Constance Markievicz. In 1918 Markievicz was the first woman ever to be elected to the British House of Commons. She was unable to take her seat because she was in Holloway Prison at the time.
Markievicz played a leading role in the Irish Citizen’s Army and was second in command of the rebel forces stationed at St Stephen's Green during the 1916 Easter Rising. She was sentenced to death for her part in the uprising, but because she was a woman, she escaped the firing squad.
She went on to become one of the first women to hold a cabinet position.
In a speech, she once famously advised: "Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels and gold wands in the bank, and buy a revolver."
Markievicz died in 1927, at the age of 59, from complications associated with an appendicitis.
Speaking about this series of clips Museum Director Wissame Cherfi explained that “The idea was to create a series of videos that are fun and informative. I’ve always thought that the best way to learn and remember something is to have fun while doing it. We also wanted the films to be accessible to a broad audience, reaching young and old alike.”
“Casting Jamie Harrington as the main character in the films was instinctive,” says Wissame, “as I have worked with Jamie on a couple of projects in the past and I knew he was the right fit. His natural talent allowed us to experiment a lot in terms of directing and creating the right character so that everyone can relate to him.”
“We had great fun making these films and we really hope you'll enjoy watching them – and that you will, hopefully, learn something new about Dublin's rich history.”
For more information visit www.littlemuseum.ie.
Here’s a short film on the life of Constance Markievicz: