"The awesome tragedy of Michael Collins’ death at Béal na mBlath on 22 August 1922 was the final grief for Kitty Kiernan, her devastation total. Instead of the planned double wedding— her sister Maud married Gearoid (O’Sullivan) in October—Kitty sat by her sister dressed in black from head to foot." (The original double wedding date had been set for October 19, 1922.)
Irish Folk Songs for Women, Vol. 2
Here’s Lori Holland’s “Irish Folk Songs for Women,” lending a nod to both Women’s History Month and next week’s St. Patrick’s Day. Miriam Schottland’s block print for the 1960 recording evokes a folk art tradition. The woman's dress and harp mark the album as Irish, while the script and decorative framing suggest early Irish manuscripts.
On This Day: Betty Williams, Northern Ireland Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is born
Betty Williams is pictured in London having just received the news that she will be awarded the Nobel peace prize with Miss Mairead Corrigan, The prize is worth £75,000 and they are receiving it for their work as women leaders of the Ulster Peace Movement.