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Video: New PRONI exhibition is the remarkable tale of two sisters - Con and Eva Gore-Booth


A new travelling exhibition puts the focus on two sisters from an Irish aristocratic who went on to make their mark on politics and the arts.

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) officially launched 'Con and Eva' on Thursday, which reveals fascinating aspects of the lives of Constance (aka Countess Markievicz) and Eva Gore-Booth.

Stephen Scarth, PRONI's head of public services, said: “The exhibition uses material from the Lissadell archive at PRONI and explores the lives of the two sisters who were born into a world characterised by privilege, leisure, comfort and security - but one that they would both ultimately rebel against in their own ways."

The two sisters were brought up in Lissadell House, Co. Sligo.

Constance would go on to become a revolutionary nationalist, suffragette, socialist and was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising.

Eva would become an Irish poet, dramatist, pacifist, committed suffragist and labour activist who played a major role in the eventual downfall of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between staff at PRONI, Manchester School of Art, University College Dublin (UCD) and Aarhus University in Denmark.

It examines the role that theatre, literature and art play in both their lives, and the divergent political paths that both sisters chose to follow.

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