A brief note from the History Department on Mothers Day.
As we live through these centenary years, who could have imagined we would share similar experiences to our ancestors who lived through the War of Independence. Both generations experienced and are experiencing restrictions to our freedom and fear for our safety and our future. In Ireland a hundred years ago, many of the young men were risking their safety and had to stay away from their homes to avoid capture. Many women, girls and boys also put themselves in danger by volunteering for Cumann na mBan and as scouts for active IRA volunteers. Many families also put themselves at risk by providing shelter, food and supplies for the volunteers while they were on the run. Similarly, to the volunteers a hundred years ago, we implore you to stay away from home if you have elderly parents, a difficult undertaking especially today on Mother’s day. We ask that you volunteer your time where possible and we appeal to you to show kindness to neighbours and friends who are struggling during these uncertain times.