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Louise Gavan Duffy photographed for an article in the RTE Guide, published 16 March 1962. The article was to promote the series 'Self Portrait'
Best known for her involvement in nationalist politics, the Gaelic revival, and the women's suffrage movement in Ireland, Louise Gavan Duffy joined Cumann na mBan on its foundation in 1914 and was made joint secretary.
She had no foreknowledge the planned Rising until Easter Monday 1916. She then made her way to the General Post Office, where she asked to speak to Patrick Pearse and impressed on him her opposition to what the rebels had embarked upon. She viewed the insurrection as unjustified because or of the certainty of defeat and guaranteed loss of life. Despite this, she went to help in the kitchen on the top floor, and remained there until the building was evacuated on Friday evening. The group that she was in was the last to leave, bringing some wounded men to Jervis Street Hospital. On the following day she reiterated to Thomas MacDonagh her opposition to the Rising, when she went to Jacobs factory where MacDonagh was still holding out unaware of the surrender of the GPO.
(Mary Kotsonouris. "Louise Gavan Duffy". Dictionary of Irish Biography.)