ISE honours Oonah Keogh - world’s first female member of a stock exchange

To mark International Women’s Day the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) honoured pioneering female stockbroker Oonah Keogh, who was admitted to the ISE (then the Dublin Stock Exchange) in 1925 – the first female to be admitted to any stock exchange in the world.

Oonah Keogh admission to the exchange in 1925

Ms Oonah Mary Irene Keogh was elected a full member of the Dublin Stock Exchange in 1925 aged just 22, some 42 yearsOonah Portrait Retouched before first female was admitted to the New York Stock Exchange in 1967and 48 years before the London Stock Exchange admitted its first female member in 1975.

Ms. Keogh was admitted at a time when women in Ireland were being withdrawn from consideration for jury service and were prevented from being appointed to the higher echelons of the civil service.

WT Cosgrave was Prime Minister of the then Irish Free State and Ernst Blythe was the Minister for Finance. 

Oonah Keogh – an exceptional life

Speaking at the reception, which was attended by women in Irish stockbroking, Ms Deirdre Somers, Chief Executive of the ISE said that Ms Keogh was an exceptional figure, “Oonah’s life story is an inspiration. Her achievements in the world of stockbroking alone would make her an important historical figure in the business life of this country but her whole life story is one of extraordinary ambition, independence and adventure.”

Ms Keogh – who in the1950s went on to create the famous Russian Village in Kilquade in County Wicklow alongside her Russian born husband, Bayan Giltsoff – died in 1989.

Read Oonah Keogh’s life story

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