International Women’s Day in The Liberties



Community groups and business organisations in The Liberties are bringing a range of events over the coming week to mark International Women’s Day, which falls on Sunday 8th March.

Artistic Liberties, Liberties Cultural Association, Little Flower Centre and the Hyatt Centric Hotel on Dean Street are partnering to deliver the area’s first Liberties International Women’s Day Festival on 7th & 8th March.  On Saturday 7th March people are invited to join local historian Liz Gillis on a guided historical walk throughout The Liberties (starts 11am from the Old Coombe portico at the bottom of Meath Street).

On Sunday 8th March there will be a series of lectures in celebration of the many great women who came from the area. This event will take place in the Little Flower Centre on Meath Street and is free. Start 10am.

Artistic Liberties will be curating a Photographic Exhibition of Women of The Liberties in Art on Sunday 8th March at Newmarket Square from 3pm. You’re invited to wear red shoes in solidarity with the campaign to combat femicide.

Mná Meath Street is a street art programme on Meath Street celebrating some pivotal women from history and from The Liberties. Supported by Roe & Co Distillery, a number of prominent streets artists including EPOCH, Katherine Rupit and Fink are transforming shutters along the street with tributes to inspirational, historic female residents. Among the personalities to look out for are: revolutionary Constance Markievicz, the first women elected to the UK House of Commons, Pimlico resident  and housing activist Madge Fagan, local historian and author of Around the Banks of Pimlico, Mairin Johnson, and Kathleen O’Connor, a local florist whose family has been trading for five generations on Meath Street.

Add a bit of glamour… Lucky’s on Meath Street are hosting a IWD event with specially-curated Roe & Co cocktails to toast to the occasion. There will also be DJs playing and Roe & Co prizes given out throughout the night. From 5pm on Sunday 8th March.

At The Digital Hub, the Hub will hold a panel discussion with female trailblazers and changemakers from the areas of mental health, diversity and smart working at 6pm on Thursday, 5th March 2020. Panellists for this International Women’s Day event are Aimée-Louise Carton, CEO & Co-Founder of KeepAppy; Adaku Ezuedo, Director & Founder of PhoenixRize Consulting & Vanessa Tierney, CEO & Co-Founder of Abodoo.  More details at:

St. Andrew’s Community Centre in Rialto hosts not one but three different International Women’s Day events including an Evening of Entertainment, taking place on Thursday March 5th at 7.30pm. There will be a short belly-dancing demonstration followed by a performance lecture by Mme Olympe de Gouges, who will exhibit her embroidered tapestries. The evening will also feature music and recitals and there will be light finger-food provided on the night. Rialto Community Drug Team will host a holistic wellbeing morning also on Thursday from 11am to 1pm. There will be a range of therapies such as reiki, Indian head massage and acupuncture. Meanwhile Amal Women’s Association will hots an event on Wednesday March 11th in the morning. The Amal Women’s Association is a charity to advance the human rights, health, safety, participation and dignity of Muslim and non-Muslim women in Ireland. More details at: St Andrew’s Rialto Facebook

On the 10th of March 2020, the renowned Neuroscientist and Psychologist Professor Sabina Brennan will discuss Brain Health at the Inchicore College of Further Education to celebrate international Women’s Day. She will also discuss her book “100 days to a younger brain”. There will be a Questions and Answers session after with light refreshments.

International Women’s Day (8th March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Anne Devlin

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