Patricia Hoey

Patricia Hoey (15 November 1883 – 9 November 1930) was an Irish journalist, suffragist and nationalist.[1]

Irish suffragette
Patricia Hoey
Ethel Mary Hoey

15 November 1883

7 Trafalgar Terrace, Dublin, Ireland
Died 9 November 1930(1930-11-09) (aged 46)

Our Lady of Lourdes hospital, Kill of the Grange, Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Known for Activism as a suffragette

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Patricia Hoey was born Ethel Mary Hoey at 7 Trafalgar Terrace, Dublin on 15 November 1883. Her parents were Edmond and Margaret Hoey (née Mulchinock). Her maternal great-uncle was William Pembroke Mulchinock, the purported composer of The rose of Tralee, and her great-great-uncle was John Mulchinock. Hoey’s father died on 3 March 1887, which left his widow with just £78 and heavily pregnant with her second child, Edmund Joseph who was born on 15 April. There is no record of Hoey’s childhood or education. It appears that her mother remarried, and that the family may have moved to England. In the 1920s Hoey was described as supporting her mother who was recorded as ‘Mrs Clive Howard’ and a step-sister who was described as deaf and dumb.[1]

Hoey was living in England in May 1909, where she attended a meeting of the United Irish League (UIL) of Great Britain. She was described as the honourable secretary of the London parliamentary branch. Hoey was referred to as an experienced journalist by UIL president Joseph Devlin, when the group agreed to publish a monthly bulletin. From 1909 to 1910 Hoey was working as a freelance journalist and freelance business administrator. She was the general manager of the International Business Exhibition in October 1909, and she claimed to be the first woman ever to be appointed to that role, overseeing 200 men. After this, she returned to working solely as a journalist, contributing to The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, and The Stage. She co-authored a book, What editors want: a reference book for every free-lance writer with Max Rittenberg in 1909.[1]

On 18 June 1910, Hoey attended a march of over 10,000 women to the Albert Hall as secretary to the parliamentary branch of the UIL. In July 1910, she was one of the 160 speakers at the suffrage demonstration in Hyde Park. Hoey was announced as the first president of the newly formed Irish Women’s Franchise League (IWFL), London in the Freeman’s Journal on 15 March 1911. The Common Cause announced she had been appointed press secretary on 20 April 1911 with the task of getting more accurate and fuller reports of the suffrage movement into the London papers. Hoey accompanied Hannah Sheehy-Skeffington and Kathleen Shannon to a meeting with John Redmond on 27 July 1911 to ask him and the Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) to support the women’s suffrage bill, which he refused. She was part of the Irish delegation that met with Prime Minister H. H. Asquith on 17 November 1911 regarding women’s suffrage under the home rule bill. Hoey severed her links to the UIL and IPP in 1912, resigning as secretary, citing the party’s refusal to back women’s suffrage claiming it was a betrayal of Irish nationalism: “We are not only working for women’s suffrage but for the holy Cause of Ireland. The Irish Party are asking Home Rule for a section of Ireland – we are asking it for the whole of Ireland.”[1][2][3]

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