The Yeats Sisters

The Yeats sisters with Evelyn Gleeson (seated, centre row) and the team of ‘working-girls’ at Dun Emer Industries.
Image courtesy of Trinity College Dublin, Digital Collections, Cuala Press Collection.

In the early decades of the twentieth century, two exceptional Irish women made a significant contribution to a fledgling Irish Arts & Crafts Movement, the Literary Revival and its aesthetic imprint.

Susan and Elizabeth Yeats, fondly known within the family as ‘Lily & Lollie’, respectively, were notable artists, skilled crafts people and courageous cultural and entrepreneurial innovators, who advanced the emancipation of women through training and education.

A commemoration project

Establish an annual event, beginning July 2023 with an inaugural symposium, to:

  • Celebrate the aesthetic and cultural portfolio of the Yeats sisters, their entrepreneurship and contribution to female empowerment.
  • Promote the Yeats’ sisters and their family’s forty years of association with Churchtown & Dundrum, county Dublin, and
  • Reconnect the relevance of their pioneering achievements to a modern Ireland

Advisory Group

This project is being advised by a working group:

  • Fiona Bailey: Artist and committee member of the Irish Guild of Embroiderers
  • Damien Brennan: Yeatsian and former President of Yeats Society Sligo.
  • Mary Doherty: Founder of brand design agency, Red Dog, and President of the Institute of Designers of Ireland.
  • Madeleine Mulrennan: Public Policy Consultant and former President of St Catherine’s College of Education, Sion Hill.
  • Alex White: Senior Counsel and former government Minister.

Contact: Eunan McKinney, Project Director, at:

M: +353 87 2568692

“the Cuala Press and the Cuala Industries were and are unique and prodigious achievements”

— Gifford Lewis, ‘The Yeats Sisters and the Cuala’.

The Yeats Sisters

celebrating the lives and work of Susan & Elizabeth Yeats

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