FORTHCOMING LECTURE: MARY-ANN McCRACKEN by DEIRDRE LARKIN . 8.30PM Parish Centre Cushendall. Friday 24th JANUARY 2014. All Welcome.

MARY ANN McCRACKEN 1770 – 1866

                                                             Mary Ann McCracken

Mary Ann McCracken is too often remembered just as the sister of Henry Joy McCracken, who was executed for his part in the Rising of 1798.

However, she is a formidable figure in her own right. During her long life she was in the forefront of social reform in Belfast; an independent woman whose influence had a far reaching effect in her native city. Her progressive views on education, her concern for the poor, and education for all, especially women resulted in a long life lived in the service of others. Her influence and achievements rank with those Lord Shaftsbury the reformer of working conditions in factories and of Elizabeth Fry, the prison reformer, Mary Ann’s sphere of influence may have been smaller but was nonetheless important for the poor of Belfast

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DEIRDRE LARKIN

Deirdre is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Education and Belfast College of Art. She has taught Art, Craft and Design in various schools in Belfast and Dublin. History is her hobby, especially 18th century history of forgotten people. She is secretary of the Parnell Society, organising a Summer School every year at Avondale, Co. Wicklow, Parnell’s home.

Deirdre is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Education and Belfast College of Art. She has taught Art, Craft and Design in various schools in Belfast and Dublin. History is her hobby, especially 18th century history of forgotten people. She is secretary of the Parnell Society, organising a Summer School every year at Avondale, Co. Wicklow, Parnell’s home.

 

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