First page of the ledger containing 1015 names of women signing against conscription on June 9th 1918 in Kilkenny © Kilkenny Archaeological Society

A ledger in the KAS archives at Rothe House contains the signatures of 1015 women who marched through Kilkenny on 9th June 1918. When they got to the Tholsel, they signed their names and addresses under a pledge opposing conscription to the British army. They pledged they would not take men’s jobs if conscription was introduced.

The pledge was written in Irish and in English. Many of the women, nearly all of whom had addresses in Kilkenny city, signed their names in Irish.

The full list is digitized and available as a table sortable by page, ID, name and street. If you would prefer a printable version (each pdf document is 14 pages), click here for a table sorted by name and here for a table sorted by address.

During the course of 2018, KAS wants to collect stories or biographies or photos of as many as possible of these women for future generations.

How can you get involved?

As of May 2018, twenty biographies have been started, some by the women’s descendants, others by strangers.
If you are willing to take responsibility for one or more of the 1918 women, please email your finds to 1918women@gmail.com*.  If you prefer to hand in their stories and photographs personally, please fill in the registration form and leave it with the information into Rothe House reception.

A public meeting will be held at Rothe house on Thursday 7th June at 8pm. On the night, you will be able to see the list. If you have a photograph of any of the women, you can bring it along – a scanner will be available.

If you have no possibility to send information via email, there will be a possibility to make an appointment for scanning photographs etc at the KAS library via the reception at Rothe House later. You can contribute your finds until the end of August 2018.

Another public event with a presentation of some of the results will be held on September 19th 2018 in Rothe House as part of the annual Women’s History Talk series.

* By sending the information/ photographs to the above mentioned email address, you agree that they will be kept in the KAS archive to be available to the public.

Flip through digital ledger

Digital version of the ledger containing 1,015 signatures against conscription

KAS’s Lá na mBan project is being funded under the Decade of Commemorations strand of the Creative Ireland programme, in partnership with Kilkenny County Council.