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  • Writer's pictureBridget Walsh

Anna Haslam 1829 - 1922 Ireland #IrishFamineWomen

She began her work in the Famine years

Spent almost a century as a fighter.

Made bowls of steaming broth for the starving

children of Ireland, gave out knitting wool,

and taught girls to knit warm scarves and mittens

in Dublin, eighteen forty six.

Then Cork and Cobh and the Curragh, Kildare.

All of them were British Army barracks.

Where local girls and women were inspected

for signs of infection, whether a sex worker or not. Turned them inside out and

locked them up. Anna Haslam fought hard

to change the blame.

An early suffragette. She lived to see

a new day in Ireland, and votes for women.

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