1887 – Birth of trade unionist and revolutionary, Winifred Carney, in Bangor, Co Down.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Close to the entrance of Milltown Cemetery is a limestone monument which marks the grave of a remarkable woman by the name of Maria Winifred Carney. Born in Bangor, Co Down, on the 4th of December 1887 into a fairly comfortable family, she was one of seven children. Her mother and father Alfred and Sarah, were estranged, therefore, Sarah, was left to rear the family, with a small sweet shop for a time at No.5 Falls Road, where the Twin Spires complex stands today. By the early part of the 20th century as Winifred was in her early twenties, she and her mother were living at 2a Carlisle Circus. By this time in her life with a good education behind her and two secretarial jobs, she became involved with the Suffragette’s and then the socialist movement, meeting James Connolly for the first time while working in a small trade union…

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