A medal that was presented to a member of Cumann na mBan, the famous women’s revolutionary group, was stolen recently in Cork.
The medal, which depicts a woman with a gun and the word ‘Eire’ was stolen recently from Fermoy, according to gardaí.
Gardai have appealed to collectors and dealers to be on the lookout for the medal and to turn it in if offered it.
In a Facebook appeal, gardaí posted a photo of a similar medal and said:
“A medal like this was stolen recently from a vehicle in the Fermoy district.
“It was still in the original presentation box.
“In 1920, it was presented to the victim’s grandmother, who was a member of Cumann na mBan.
“This medal is of great sentimental value.
“It should be instantly recognisable to collectors and dealers and we would ask anyone who has an interest in this area to bear this in mind if a similar one is offered for sale.” Anyone with information is asked to contact Fermoy Garda Station on 025 82100.
Cumann na mBan was established in April 1914 after more than 100 women gathered in Dublin to discuss the role of women in the lead-up to the revolution.
Nancy O’Rahilly, Agnes MacNeill, Jenny Wyse Power, Mary Colum, Elizabeth Bloxham and Louise Gavan Duffy made up the first Cumann na mBan committee.
They adopted a constitution which stated their aims were to advance the cause of Irish liberty; organise Irish women in the aim of that objective; assist in arming and equipping a body of Irish men; and form a fund for these purposes.
Cumann na mBan played a key role in the build up to the 1916 Rising, the revolution itself and the pursuit of independence in the aftermath.