Today we celebrate at some famous Irish women in history and today. I'm sure we've missed many influential women so be sure to tell us and let us know who you revere most.
Grainne O'Malley (c. 1530 – c. 1603; also known as Gráinne Ní Mháille and "Gráinne Mhaol") - the pirate queen, Queen of Umaill, chieftain of the Ó Máille clan. Many legends survive about Ní Mháille, and story about her meeting with Queen Elizabeth stands out. Ní Mháille refused to bow before Elizabeth and also threw away a lace handkerchief that was given to her by Elizabeth.
Constance Markievicz (4 February 1868 – 15 July 1927) was an Irish Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist. In December 1918, she was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons, though she did not take her seat and, along with the other Sinn Féin TDs, formed the first Dáil Éireann. She was also one of the first women in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922). A bust of Constance Markievicz stands in Stephen's Green, Dublin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constance_Markievicz#
Lady Gregory: Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (15 March 1852 – 22 May 1932), born Isabella Augusta Persse, was an Irish dramatist, folklorist and theatre manager. With William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn, she co-founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, and wrote numerous short works for both companies. Lady Gregory produced a number of books of retellings of stories taken from Irish mythology. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Gregory
Mary Robinson (born 21 May 1944): served as the seventh, and first female, President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. She is widely regarded as a transformative figure for Ireland, and the Irish presidency, who revitalised and liberalised a previously conservative, low-profile political office. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Robinson
Mary McAleese (born 27 June 1951) served as the eighth President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011. She was the second female president and was first elected in 1997 succeeding Mary Robinson, making McAleese the world's first woman to succeed another as president
Edna O'Brien (born 15 December 1930) is an Irish novelist, playwright, poet and short story writer whose works often revolve around the inner feelings of women, and their problems in relating to men, and to society as a whole. Her first novel, The Country Girls, is often credited with breaking silence on sexual matters and social issues during a repressive period in Ireland following World War II. The book was banned, burned and denounced from the pulpit, and O'Brien left Ireland behind.
Maeve Binchy (28 May 1940 – 30 July 2012): Binchy was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, columnist, and speaker. Her novels, which were translated into 37 languages, sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and her death, announced by Vincent Browne on Irish television late on 30 July 2012, was mourned as the passing of Ireland's best-loved and most recognisable writer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maeve_Binchy
Dervla Murphy (born November 28, 1931, Waterford): Murphy is an Irish touring cyclist and author of adventure travel books for over 40 years. Murphy is best known for her 1965 book Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle, about an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
Katie Taylor (born 2 June 1986): Taylor is an outstanding Irish boxer who won an Olympic gold medal in the lightweight division in 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katie_Taylor
Sonia O'Sullivan (born 28 November 1969, in Cobh, County Cork): O'Sullivan won a gold medal in the 5000 m at the 1995 World Athletics Championships. She won silver medals in the 5000 m at the 2000 Olympic Games and in the 1500 m at the 1993 World Championships. She has also won three European Championship gold medals and two World Cross-Country Championship gold medals.
Maureen O'Hara: Maureen O'Hara (born 17 August 1920) is an Irish film actress and singer. The famously red-headed O'Hara has been noted for playing fiercely passionate heroines with a highly sensible attitude. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maureen_O%27Hara
Brenda Fricker (born February 17, 1945) is an Irish actress of theatre, film and television. She has appeared in more than 30 films and television roles. In 1990, she became the first Irish actress to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for My Left Foot. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Fricker
Fionnuala Flanagan (born 10 December 1941) is an Irish actress who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fionnula_Flanagan
Imelda May (born born Imelda Mary Clabby on 10 July 1974) is an Irish musician and singer-songwriter. She won the Best Female Artist of the Year award at the 2009 Meteor Awards. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imelda_may
Enya (born Eithne Ní Bhraonáin or Enya Brennan; 17 May 1961) is an Irish singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter. She received the world's best-selling female award at the World Music Awards in 2001. She is Ireland's best-selling solo musician and is officially the country's second-largest musical export after the band U2.
Sinéad O'Connor (born 8 December 1966) is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O'Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a cover of Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin%C3%A9ad_O%27Connor
Saoirse Ronan (born 12 April 1994) is an Irish actress, who was born in America to Irish parents. She began her career as a child, and came to international prominence in 2007 after co-starring in the film Atonement, which gained her Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saoirse_Ronan
Evie Hone (1894 – 1955) was a Dublin born Irish painter and stained glass artist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evie_Hone
Mainie Jellett: Mary Harriet Jellett, known as Mainie Jellett (1897, Dublin – 1944, Dublin) was an Irish painter whose Decoration (1923) was among the first abstract paintings shown in Ireland when it was exhibited at the Society of Dublin Painters Group Show in 1923. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mainie_Jellett
Sister Stanislaus Kennedy (born Treasa Kennedy, c. 1940), often called Sister Stan, is an Irish member of the Sisters of Charity. She is best known for having co-founded, in 1985, the homelessness charity Focus Ireland and is Life President of the organisation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislaus_Kennedy
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey (born 23 April 1947, in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland) usually known as Bernadette Devlin or Bernadette McAliskey, is an Irish socialist and republican political activist and former militant. She served as a British Member of Parliament from 1969 to 1974 for the Mid Ulster constituency, in which role she famously slapped the Home Sectratary Reginald Maudling as a reaction to his comments on Bloody Sunday. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernadette_Devlin
Alice Milligan (1865–1953)was an Irish nationalist poet and writer, active in the Gaelic League. Unsung inventor of modern Ireland