A number of events will take place across the city on Thursday to mark International Women’s Day.
Network Ireland Kilkenny is organising an evening at the Newpark Hotel featuring guest speakers Helen Carroll from RTE’s Ear to the Ground, Michelle Long and Claire Cahill, the winners of 2017 Kilkenny People of the Year awards and founders of Scoliosis Advocacy Network and Julie Calder-Potts from High Bank Orchard.
A journalist with over 25 years experience, Helen Carroll is best known as a presenter on Ear To The Ground, RTE Television’s Farming and Food programme.
She has produced, presented, reported and researched on national radio and television for both RTE and TV3. Her work in the print media has seen her write news, features, reviews and a weekly column for both local and national publications.
Two mothers, Claire Cahill and Michelle Long, work tirelessly to raise awareness around a medical condition, Scoliosis, and who campaign for reduced waiting lists were announced as the overall winners of the Kilkenny People of the Year awards.
Julie Calder-Potts produces an award winning range of apple based products ranging from syrups and ciders, to vodka, gin and liqueurs. Julie was inspired and began experimenting with all the apples in her kitchen.
Network Ireland is a progressive, dynamic organisation supporting the professional and personal development of women. Tickets can be booked in advance online at www.eventbrite.ie
Meanwhile on Thursday morning at the Parade Tower there will be a special celebration with social innovator and visionary Sr Stanislaus Kennedy as the keynote speaker.
This will be followed by a panel of local speakers including Sergeant Laura Dragoi, Laura Gannon, Gillian Grattan, Claire Hughes and Orla Kelly and an open discussion from the floor.
There is a great line-up of events at MacDonagh Junction kicking off at noon.
At 1pm ,ocal theatre-maker Ita Morrissey is directing a 15-minute satirical sketch about all things lady bits....and bobs! Get informed alongside a panel of experts who know everything about nothing. Hosted by Aoibhín Murphy with invited guests Malcolm Noonan, Margaret Whitely and Monika Ova. This will be followed by another performace piece at 1.15pm and Tai Chi and Qi Gong with Yvonne Craddock at 1.30pm. A Hear Our Voices event will take place at 3.30pm in memory of the late Elinor Mountain.
As part of the International Women’s Day celebrations, KATS Theatre Group will host a talk by Micheline Sheehy Skeffington in MacDonagh Junction on Saturday, March 10 at 3pm. Micheline is the grand daughter of Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, who was a prominent Irish Suffragette in the 20th Century. Hanna and her husband Francis played a huge role in the fight for Irish freedom, as well as fighting peacefully for women’s right to vote.
Micheline has been fighting herself for gender equality in the workplace. She has a family history of trying to address injustice and the KATS theatre group are honoured that she has decided to take time out of her busy schedule to come to Kilkenny and tell the story of her famous grandparents and the struggles they endured. This is a free event and all are welcome.
An Inspirational Women Exhibition will take place at libraries across Kilkenny from March 5 to 10.