Witness statement of Louise Gavan Duffy (WS216), joint secretary of Cumann na mBan Dublin, 1914.
Duffy accounts for the activities of Cumann na mBan in Dublin from 1914-1916, as well as being on duty in the kitchen of the G.P.O. during Easter Week of 1916.
Best known for her involvement in nationalist politics, the Gaelic revival, and the women's suffrage movement in Ireland, 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.
(Mary Kotsonouris. "Duffy, Louise Gavan". Dictionary of Irish Biography.)