SEVERAL events are being held in Co Kilkenny to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.
The day celebrates women from all walks of life both nationally and internationally. It is a day to look at the inequality of women’s lives and to discuss and plan how to make women’s lives better the world over.
Cllr Catherine Connery, chairwoman of Kilkenny County Council has, with the help of a committee, put together a programme of events for the day to include woman from all parts of the county.
The day will start at 10am with a session in the council chamber at County Hall where the seven female county councillors from all political parties will host a discussion with 26 invited women of all ages across all aspects of our society. The event is also open to public and media.
Workhouse Square in MacDonagh Junction will host a series of art-based events starting at 11am and finishing with a traditional dance from the Sudanese women based in Kilkenny at 3.30pm. Projects from transition-year students in Scoil Aireagail, Ballyhale and Colaiste Pobail Osrai will be on display. The 5 to 6 women’s art group will host clay workshops for all through out the day.
‘…But still I rise… Women ‘n’ Words’ is a chance to hear female poets, singers, writers and actors performing their favourite selection of poems, prose, songs and theatrical monologues to the passing public from 11am to 3pm; and while the poets take a lunch break The Loreto School Quartet will entertain from 1-2pm.
Cllr Connery is encouraging women to host events in their part of the county to celebrate International Women’s Day.
In Freshford an art exhibition with a flower arranging workshop with Eva Holmes is planned in Upper Court Manor for 7pm. The Kilkenny Traveller Community Movement are celebrating the day with a Mass for mothers at 10am in O’Loughlin Court, Hebron Road. All are invited to celebrate with them.
In the City Library a ‘Focus on Women Week’ is planned. On March 9 at 7pm in the City library Gabriel Murray, a local historian, will discuss the life of Lady Desart and her many contributions to the lives of people in Kilkenny City and County.
Men and women are invited to be a part of the celebrations.