Muriel MacSwiney is remembered for one thing – being the wife of Terence MacSwiney, the Lord Mayor of Cork who died on hunger-strike in 1920.

However Muriel is a fascinating if tragic figure in her own right. Born in 1892 into one of Cork’s wealthiest families, she rejected the privilege this life offered her. She first became a radical republican playing a key role in the War of Independence before becoming a communist in the 1920s. This podcast tells her story.

 

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