The Contraceptive Train


In 1972 contraceptives were illegal in the Republic of Ireland. In May of that year a group of brave women and children decided to defy this law by travelling to Northern Ireland to buy contraceptives and bring them across the Border. This high publicity campaign was the catalyst for changing the contraceptive ban, introduced in 1935.
In May 2017 there was a commemorative event held in Richmond Barracks to celebrate this event. Speakers included three women who were on the original Contraceptive Train, Mairín Johnston, Nell McCafferty and Bríd Connolly.
Rebel Women contributed to this event by making knitted condoms and other special items for the Rebel Women Pram Shop.