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Welcome to our WINning blog

What started as a way to highlight events and news will be expanding, as the group itself goes through this exciting period of growth and change.

We are now accepting blog submissions and photos from any members about the WIN events you attend. Or, maybe you have news about something cultural in the Irish community? An exciting update about an opportunity for women in tech? A project you are working on that you think the group should know about?

We’re looking forward to showcasing our members, their achievements and interests – and to see your names up in lights! Please submit your blog, or even an outline to discuss, to enquiries@womensirishnetwork.com. (Our volunteers will do their best to accommodate as many people as possible.)

Celebrating Irish Women’s Creativity on St Brigid’s Day at the Irish Embassy with President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins

February 19, 2018

With thanks to Angela Brady, OBE, PPRIBA FRIAI Irish Women are standing up and being counted and on Sunday 20th March the St Patrick’s Parade will also feature Irish Women...
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Baroness Blood – An Inspirational Woman

October 24, 2017

With thanks to Orla Bance, Director of Alchemy Business UK Group and OB Business Solutions As part of my business journey, I am lucky enough to meet some inspiring individuals...
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Red Leopard X Dorothee Schumacher

May 4, 2017

How ridiculously cool was this event with Red Leopard at Dorothea Schumacher? This is what I kept asking myself, all the way home. These ladies KNOW what they are talking...
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WINners mingle at the House of Lords by Maeve Staunton Henderson

November 3, 2016

This was my second year at the House of Lords to hear the Baronesses and their stories. It is quite a magical evening and this year did not disappoint. I...
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Many thanks to The Lord Mayor of Belfast, The Rt Hon Deirdre Hargey for hosting the IYF (UK) Northern Ireland Awards Ceremony at Belfast City Hall. Brilliant day and congratulations to all the participants! .
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  • ✨ @EmmaDabiri might be one of the most interesting Irish people we know. This interview is about her recent book 'Don't touch my hair' and it is well worth reading! Hope you are all looking forward to the members event on March 4th for #IWD2019 when Emma will join us and talk about her story.
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It's a sweltering afternoon and on a quiet London side street, outside an impossibly chic bakery (it's where Meghan and Harry had their wedding cake made), academic, author and former-model Emma Dabiri is taking a well-earned break from working on the final manuscript for her forthcoming book: Don't Touch My Hair.
Before we meet I half considered this a slightly redundant admonition for polite society - why would anyone, bar someone with latent Harvey Weinstein tendencies, touch a woman's hair unbidden? - but, in person, you can see where the temptation might arise. In this most genteel of settings, Emma's hair is an event, a happening, a lustrously-beautiful nimbus that frames her fine features. Curiosity and generations of cultural racism seem to spur the urge to pet it, stroke it. I heroically resist, but others are not so strong.
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"A few weeks ago a woman reached out to touch my hair on the tube and as she put out her hand she said 'wait… you don't like that, do you?' It was as though some dim memory of editorials she'd read somewhere, came bursting through; she remembered and held herself back a bit.
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Growing up in Dublin, it happened all the time. It was constant. Often kids would just say "oh my God, look at her hair, it's mad" and come right over and have a feel and a chat", she recalls. "It felt strange and objectifying. I found it strange because I wouldn't even touch someone's dog without asking them. I never questioned all of the treatments (that are used to 'relax' black hair) but they weren't always available to me because it's difficult to get those products in Ireland. My mum would work in Liverpool or Manchester, and there you could get a curly perm, which is sort of like defined curls, rather than afro hair.
  • We went to see the @dior exhibition at the @vamuseum curated by Irish woman Oriole Cullen - and it’s great! Go see it ✨
  • Chef Anna Haugh explains how special it is to use food from Irish Female Producers at last night’s @bordbia #StBrigidsDay dinner in Selfridges
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  • An incredible night of Irish food and wine celebrating #StBrigidsDay - Thanks to the amazing chef Anna Haugh, @bordbia, @irishembassyuk, @killahora and @theofficialselfridges for a great evening of Irish produce #Irish #irishabroad #irishproduce #farmtoplate

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Let @Jarlath Regan test your sporting knowledge at #AQuestionofIrishSport, @LDNIrishCentre March 28. Help us raise money for disadvantaged young people. Tickets available here - get a team of 8 together, grab a mate or come on your own for the craic!

A Question of Irish Sport

A QUESTION OF IRISH SPORT Think you know your Irish sport? Now is your chance to prove it! Join us at 8pm at the London Irish Centre in Camden, Thu...

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‘We will not let the rights of the people of #NorthernIreland, that are reinforced by the #GoodFridayAgreement, be undermined by the British people’s decision to leave the EU.’ @campaignforleo opening the #AllIslandDialogue on #Brexit @dublincastleopw

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