Cumann na mBan
(Above) Silver Badge of Cumann na mBan
Cumann na mBan was founded on the 2nd April 1914 as an auxiliary to the Irish Volunteers. Their first President was Agnes O'Farrelly. Although they had their own command structure, they were largely subservient to the Irish Volunteers.
The first Constitution of Cumann na mBan stated that the aims of the organisation were:
1. To advance the cause of Irish liberty.
2. To organise Irish women in furtherance of this objective.
3. To assist in arming and equipping a body of Irishmen for the defence of Ireland.
4. To form a fund for these purposes to be called "The Defence of Ireland Fund".
Source: Irish Times / Freeman's Journal / Irish Independent 3rd April 1914
Following the split between John Redmond's National Volunteers and the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan, at its Convention in Nov. 1914, decided to follow the minority Irish Volunteers led by Eoin McNeill.
There were 42 affiliated branches before the Rising of 1916.
COMPANY ROLL OF MEMBERS AT 11th JULY 1921
Navan and District Cumann na mBan
Miss Mollie Stapleton The Commons, Navan
Miss Seuig Stapleton The Commons Navan
Miss Julie McGuirk The Commons Navan
Miss Julia Boyle The Commons Navan
Miss Mary Boyle The Commons Navan (Died in U.S.A. 1958)
Mrs L. Clarke Brews Hill Navan
Mrs Jn.? MacNamidhe Canon Row Navan (d.1952)
Mrs Wm.? Walsh (née Ellen Cahill) Navan (d.1948)
Miss Alice Cahill (Mrs B.Mahon) Navan
Miss May Swan Balreask, Kilcairne, Navan
Miss Cáit Lalloway Ludlow St. Navan
Miss Margaret Austin Farganstown, Navan
Miss Josephine Austin Farganstown, Navan
Mrs Pk. Fitzsimons (née Margaret Russell) Navan
Miss Annie King St. Finian's Terrace Navan
Mrs Jn. Boland St. Finian's Terrace Navan
Mrs Jn. Brien (née Molly Brogan) Navan
Mrs T. Kinsella (née Kathleen Sherry) Navan
Miss Cato Sheeran Flower Hill, Navan (d. 1955)
Miss Anne Sheeran Flower Hill
Miss Maisie Cahill Navan
Miss Elizabeth Kielty (Mrs T. Hilliard) Navan
Mrs Jn. Giles Boyne Rd. Navan
Mrs C. O'Conaill Boyerstown, Navan
Mrs Chr. Clerkin Ludlow St. Navan
Certified by Mrs L. Clarke Brews Hill Navan
Uniform of Cumann na mBan
Sources: Military Archives of Ireland available online.
Military Service Pension Collection
MA/MSPC/CMB/145 Navan & District Coys . Meath 4th Bn. 2nd Brigade
Joseph E.A. Connell - Cumann na mBan - writing in History Ireland May-June 2013