STATUE OF COUNTESS MARKIEVICZ

STATUE OF COUNTESS MARKIEVICZ AND HER DOG POPPET

This statue by Elizabeth McLaughlin is located on Townsend street in Dublin and it is claimed by many that it does not in anyway bear any resemblance to the countess.

The dog's name is Poppet and according to some accounts it was not much liked by those who knew it. Sean O’Faoláin wrote of the dog as follows: " Madame had a dog, Poppet, which some of them disliked intensely and regarded only as an ould dog you’d love to root, and behind her back Poppet did get an occasional root."

Constance Georgine Markievicz, known as Countess Markievicz was an Irish Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist. A founder member of Fianna Éireann, Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army, she took part in the Easter Rising in 1916, when Irish republicans attempted to end British rule and establish an Irish Republic.

She was sentenced to death but this was reduced on the grounds of her gender. On 28 December 1918, she was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons, though she did not take her seat and, along with the other Sinn Féin TDs, formed the first Dáil Éireann. She was also the first woman in the world to hold a cabinet position (Minister for Labour of the Irish Republic, 1919–1922).
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