International Women’s Day 2019 takes place on Friday March 8th. A time to celebrate all the wonderful women who have stood and continue to stand against injustice and who fly the flag for equality. A time to remember acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
So here’s a few ideas to mark International Women’s Day. Be sure to check out InspireMe.ie to find more events in your area….
The Early Bird events
Starting the celebrations a week early is Network Ireland’s motivating afternoon in the fabulous venue of Cliff at Lyons on March 1st. There will be inspirational keynote speakers including Jo Browne of solid perfume fame. Combined with a prosecco reception and afternoon tea this is sure to be a fabulous event for all. For more details see here.
On Wednesday March 6th at 11am, Lucan Library will feature Carnation Theatre’s ‘Midwives of the Nation’. This theatrical extravaganza follows the women of 1916, and how they shaped our nation. From gunrunners to nurses, smugglers to doctors, all roles will be remembered. Booking is essential for this fabulous event.
On the evening of March 6th, in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dublin there will be a special ‘Women on Air’ evening on the theme of Women in the Media and Politics. Speakers including the author and political journalist Martina Fitzgerald and business woman Peaches Kemp will share their insights and expertise. Find out more here.
UCD is the place to be on Thursday March 7th. UCD Biological Society will be celebrating female scientists with this unique symposium. Eminent Irish researchers including Professors Orla Hardiman, Cliona O’Farrelly, Emmeline Hill, Maria McNamara and Catherine Godson will discuss their research and work. And then share their thoughts on gender diversity. For further details see here.
In GMIT in Mayo, there is a chance to meet a true-life hero on March 7th. Dr Easkey Britton is a marine scientist and champion surfer. This amazing sportswoman and environmentalist is sure to both entertain and inspire with her presentation entitled “We are ocean: cross-cultural connections between people and the sea”. This is a free event but pre-registration is essential as it is sure to book out early. Find out more here.
And on the day itself:
Instead of a soggy sandwich at your desk, why not head to Parnell Square on Friday 8th at 1pm to celebrate International Women’s Day instead. Some of Ireland’s most eminent female poets will be reading from their poetry. And all donations will go to Women’s Aid. For all details see here.
At 2pm on both March 8th and 9th the historic Glasnevin Cemetery will be hosting special tours, focusing on the incredible Irish women buried in the cemetery who have played key roles throughout our history. You will need to register in advance for these tours. This is one not to be missed. See here for all details.
On the other side of the city also at 2pm, UCD School of English, Drama and Film will be hosting a very special event as part of the Mountains to the Sea dlr Book Festival. Well-known authors Melatu Uche Okorie, Philomena Mullen and playwright/performer Rosaleen McDonagh will be discussing the issue of gender balance under the expert chair Dr Anne Mulhall. For all details, see here.
In Termonfeckin Co Louth, there will be a World Café style event on the Balance Is Better Theme. Taking place in the beautiful ForgeField café, there will be panel discussions, songs, beautiful art on display and not to forget the delicious cakes and coffees. See here for booking details.
Last but not least
Back in Dublin Circle Sessions will be showcasing some of Ireland’s finest female artists. The doors of Chaplin’s Bar will open at 7.30 pm for this night filled with music, poetry and comedy. For details see here.
These are just a few of the amazing events taking place around Ireland to celebrate some amazing women. Be sure to check out the complete list at www.inspireme.ie. All details were correct at time of publication. Please confirm all details with local organisers before you travel.