Born into a prominent Fenian family, Madge Daly was appointed as the first President of the Cumann na mBan branch in Limerick City upon its foundation in 1914. She was a sister of Edward Daly, commandant of the 1st Dublin Battalion of the Irish Volunteers, and Kathleen Clarke, prominent nationalist and wife of Tom Clarke. Kathleen informed her of the plans for the Easter Rising on Easter Thursday, and Madge disparaged Michael (The) O’Rahilly when he arrived at her house with Eoin MacNeill’s countermanding order. She played an active role in Cumann na mBan during the revolutionary period, fund-raising, arranging safe-houses, and issuing propaganda, amongst other activities. Daly retired as President of the Limerick branch in 1924.
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