The Life and Times of Mary (Molly) Adrien, 1873 – 1949 (1916 Cumann na mBan Volunteer)

Paper 260

Lecture – 2006

Author – Whearity, Frank

To construct an image of Mary Adrien’s eventful life the author uses a wide range of sources including interviews, witness accounts, newspaper reports and books. She was born into an affluent professional family at Micknanstown, Stamullen, Co. Meath. Her father and grandfather were medical doctors and later the family moved to Balbriggan.

Molly became a staunch Nationalist, joined Cumann na mBan and during the 1916 Rising Lecture despatches from Patrick Pearse in the G.P.O. to the commandant of the Fingal Brigade of the I.R.A., Thomas Ashe. She was the first woman member of the Balrothery Board of Guardians and was chairperson for many years. She died in 1949.

Themes:  Family History; Organisations; Politics; War & Rebellion.