Witness statement of Eily O'Hanrahan (WS270), a member of Cumann na mBan in 1916, and sister of the executed Michael O'Hanrahan.
O'Hanrahan recounts taking dispatches from Thomas McDonagh and Sean MacDermot to Wexford during Holy Week and Easter Week, as well as being on duty in Jacob's Biscuit Factory during Easter Week.
Cumann na mBan, an Irish republican women's paramilitary organisation, was founded in response to the establishment of the male-only Irish Volunteers in 1913. Their first official meeting was in Wynn’s Hotel on 2 April 1914.
The organisation went on to play a vital role in the Easter Rising, fighting alongside members of the Irish Citizen Army and the Irish Volunteers.
In their 1914 membership booklet, members of the Provisional Committee include: Mrs. John MacNeill, Mrs. Wyse Power, Madam O'Rahilly, Miss Agnes O'Farrelly, Mrs. Tuohy, Mrs. MacDonagh O'Mahony, Miss Gavan Duffy, Mrs. Pádraic Colum. Louise Gavan Duffy and Mary M. Colum are listed as the Honorary Secretaries.