For the past several hundred years Ireland has been almost exclusively described in feminine terms: the Weeping Woman; the Black Rose; the Old Woman with the Harp; Mother Ireland. From the 1st century BC through to the present day Irish women have fought on battlefields alongside their male counterparts, led revolutions, fought for human rights and written seminal works. Written out of history and heretofore only surfacing in specialist reference works with no mainstream appeal, the heroines of the Emerald Isle have been resurrected by Gina Sigilito.
Gina Sigillito is the author of Wisdom of the Celts (also available from Turnaround). She lives in New York City.