Republican Plot: Maud Gonne MacBride

(1866 - 1953) Revolutionary.

Republican Plot: Maud Gonne MacBride
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Republican Plot: Maud Gonne MacBride in (1866 - 1953) Revolutionary..

Born at Aldershot, Hampshire, daughter of a wealthy army officer of Irish descent and an English mother.

While in Royat in the Auvergne, France she fell in love with Lucien Millevoye, a politician and journalist. He proposed that they work together for Irish freedom and regaining of Alsace and Lorraine for France.

She returned to Ireland, led protests against evictions in Donegal, and helped to secure the release of Irish political prisoners from Portland jail. In 1899 she broke off her relationship with Millevoye on discovering that he had no real interest in the Irish cause.

She spent the 1890's in ceaseless nationalist activities, visiting France, England, Scotland and America to lecture and collect funds. In Paris she published a news sheet, L'Irlande Libre, to enlist sympathy for the Irish Cause.

On Easter Sunday 1900 she founded a revolutionary women's society, Inghinidhe na hEireann, which in 1908 founded a monthly magazine, Bean na hEireann with Helena Molony as editor. W.B. Yeats unsuccessfully proposed marriage to her in 1891.

On 21st February 1903 she married John MacBride in Paris and their son, Sean was born in 1904.

In 1918 she was arrested in Dublin and interned in Holloway Jail, London for six months. She opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and in 1922 settled at Roebuck House on the outskirts of Dublin and organized the Womens Prisoners Defence League to help prisoners and their families.

She died on 27th April 1953 and was buried in the Republican Plot in Glasnevin Cemetery.

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