In the 1916 Rising the future Countess Constance Georgine Markieviez fought as a Commandant and second in command of a James Connolly’s Citizen Army contingent, fighting mainly around St Stephen’s Green and the College of Surgeons building during Easter week.
Like Eamonn De Valera she was sentenced to death but was reprieved for political reasons. The execution of a woman or a man born in the U.S. would not have gone down well.
War of Independence
During the War of Independence she was arrested and imprisoned numerous times. Whilst in Holloway prison in England, she became the first woman ever to be elected M.P. to the British House of Commons, but refused to take her seat.
She was elected to the first Dail Eireann and in January 1919 Markieviez became Minister for Labour.
She again became a TD (MP) in 1923 but abstained from Dail Eireann along with the anti-Treaty TD’s. She was re-elected in 1927 and when De Valera formed a new political party, Fianna Fail she joined.
However shortly afterwards, on July 5th 1927 she died after an operation, aged 59 years.
She was interred in Glasnevin cemetery following one of the largest funerals ever seen in Dublin and the graveside oration was given by her comrade and Party leader
Eamon De Valera.
Countess Gore-Booth Markieviez was not the only member of her family with a political involvement. Her sister Eva Gore-Booth was a very prominent suffragette in the campaign for better working conditions in the textile mills in Britain.
Memorial Unveiling Ceremony