Carney, Winifred (‘Winnie’) (1887–1943), was a trade unionist, feminist, and republican. Born in Bangor Co. Down,
In 1912 she became secretary of the Irish Textile Workers' Union based at 50 York St., Belfast, which functioned as the women's section of the ITGWU and was led by James Connolly.
During the 1913 lockout she was active in fund-raising and relief efforts for the Dublin workers.
A close friend of Connolly, she joined the Citizen Army, and became his personal secretary. On 14 April 1916 he summoned her to Dublin to assist in the final preparations for the Easter rising, and for the next week she typed dispatches and mobilisation orders in Liberty Hall. She was the only woman in the column that seized the GPO on Easter Monday, 24 April. During the rising she acted as Connolly's secretary and, even after most of the women had been evacuated from the GPO, she refused to leave.
After the surrender she was interned, first in Mountjoy and from July in Aylesbury prison, and was released 24 December 1916.
After returning to Belfast in 1917, she remained a committed socialist an political activist for the rest of her life.
She initially refused to accept a pension for her part in 1916, relenting only weeks before her death.
(James Quinn. "Carney, Winifred (?Winnie?)". Dictionary of Irish Biography.)