A Revolutionary Irish Woman
Kearns is representative of a number of women of the first
half of the 20th century who played significant but largely
unacknowledged roles in the 1916-1921 period in Ireland and
who later were active in trying to influence the direction
of politics in the fledgling state.
She is recognised for
her involvement in the War of Independence and for her subsequent
capture, imprisonment and daring escape from Mountjoy Prison
Not as well known was her lifelong mission to achieve
greater rights for women in general and for nurses in particular.
Moreover her work as a promoter of native industry had gone
This work investigates the many faceted
career of this charismatic woman.