Launch of Con and Eva Exhibition at PRONI

Date published: 18 May 2016

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is launching its latest travelling exhibition on Constance (aka Countess Markievicz) and Eva Gore-Booth tomorrow.


Head of Public Services, Stephen Scarth said: “This exhibition uses material from the Lissadell archive at PRONI and explores the lives of the sisters Constance (Countess Markievicz) and Eva Gore-Booth. Constance and Eva were born into a world characterised by privilege, comfort and security - a world, lifestyle and upbringing against which they would both ultimately rebel.”

The two sisters were brought up in Lissadell House, Co. Sligo. Constance would go on to become a revolutionary nationalist, suffragette, socialist and was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising.  Eva would become an Irish poet, dramatist, pacifist, committed suffragist and labour activist.

The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between staff at PRONI, Manchester School of Art, University College Dublin (UCD) and Aarhus University in Denmark. It examines the role that theatre, literature and art play in both their lives, and the divergent political paths that they chose to follow.

This launch is free and takes place at 1pm on 19 May 2016 at PRONI in Titanic Quarter.

Notes to editors: 

  1. PRONI is at 2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter, Belfast.   For details on opening hours, please visit nidirect 
  2. Further information about the Lissadell Papers can be found at nidirect 
  3. Media enquiries to Department for Communities  Press Office, tel: 028 9082 9267 or email

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