Remembering Tipperary’s first female councillor
Marian Tobin was elected as Tipperary’s first female councillor in 1920. Irish women were only granted the right to vote, two years previously. Marian, played a major role in the war of independence and her home, at Tincurry was well known for sheltering wanted men, who were on the run. The home was later destroyed by Black and Tans. Now, Tipperary County Council has announced plans to erect a permanent memorial in her honour.
A bust of Marian Tobin will be unveiled, in the new Cahir library, as a reminder of her loyal service to her country.
The announcement was made by Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, Marie Murphy. Councillor Murphy
commended the Daughters of Dun Iascaigh, whose efforts commemorating the work and contributions of women to Cahir and the wider area, brought the memory of people like Marian Tobin into focus.
The group organised an initiative last March, placing plaques at certain areas in the town, remembering the women. The group has an online map, which has been viewed over 17000 times, allowing people living overseas to enjoy a virtual trip around the town.
On behalf of the Daughters of Dun Iascaigh, Jo O’Neill said they were thrilled at the news of the honouring of Marian Tobin and thanked Tipperary County Council for their support.