Sligo Times 13 July 1912
VOTES FOR WOMEN.
Oh, sure this question has me mighty bothered
And puzzled more than when I was at school—
Its worse nor when I’m asked to give opinions
Upon the burning question of Home Rule.
Now when I press some justice from the landlord
Or press the greedy Saxon to disgorge,
’Tis worrying me more than the insurance,
Or the question of “stamp licking” for Lloyd George.
And now along with these and more than either—
I’m fairly “spiflicated” with the thoughts,
That I’ll be branded as a heartless villain
Unless I know that women shall have votes.
Now if they’d just ask me to “bate” a peeler,
Scald bailiffs, or go cattle-
I’d try to be obligin’, but I’d sternly refuse
If requested to give the women votes!
But though my heart is hard it may be brittle,
As that rock crystal substance known as “spar,”
That men are hammerin’ away and diggin’
Off the Triniculeu mountain in Glencar.
So. may be, that the suffragettish logic
Will strike and pierce this strong heart of mine,
Till coaxed and wheedled by some form angelic
To give votes, cartloads, to every form divine.
The Irish Parliamentary Party did not support the demand for female suffrage and helped defeat the 1912 Parliamentary Franchise (Women) Bill.
There was some suffrage activity in Sligo during 1912 and 1913. Olga Crichton (1864-
Lady Louisa Crofton, wife of Malby Crofton, formed a Sligo Propaganda Society for Women’s Suffrage which distributed literature. In 1913 Olga Crichton left the IWFL and founded a Sligo Suffrage Society which affiliated with the non-
The Sligo Times and Sligo Independent regularly reported the Sligo group’s activities and complimented them on their non-
The report (below left) on Suffragettes by the Seaside was written by "Rustic" who was a regular special correspondent to the Sligo Times. He lived in Glencar, County Leitrim.
At the end of the report he says he decided to write the poem "Votes for Women" as a result of the meeting. The meeting addressed by Margaret Cousins was one in a regular series held at Rosses Point during the summers of 1912 and 1913 on Wednesday, the Sligo half-
This measure, passed in 1911, established compulsory health and unemployment insurance schemes. It attracted much opposition from those with vested interests and for a time there was an organised anti-
In Sligo the Unionist landowner and politician, Bryan Cooper, was brought before the court for refusing to operate the new scheme.
"Triniculeu mountain in Glencar" is the place marked Treanakilew in maps. Barytes, also know as spar, was mined at many sites in the Benbulben area.