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30 Years of the Irish Youth Foundation (UK)

May 10, 2019

– Ciara Brett, Board Member WIN and Trustee, IYF (UK)

 

Although I only joined the committee a few years ago my connections to WIN go a wee bit further back: WIN was founded in 1998 by my mum Nessa, and the wonderful Mary Clancy Hatch. I’d love to say that I’ve been fighting the good networking fight since day one, but the truth is that back then I was gently coerced (ahem, mostly dragged out of the pub) into helping with various events.

Most of us know WIN as a warm and welcoming sisterhood of inspiring, supportive, entertaining and fun women (your words, not ours!) and since WIN was founded in 1998 the network has convened hundreds of women at a broad spectrum of events, both business and social, with the aim of providing a valuable and inspiring network for Irish women and their friends. But WIN isn’t just about networking. It’s also about raising money for charitable projects across Britain and Northern Ireland that support disadvantaged young Irish people, via the Irish Youth Foundation (UK).

The IYF celebrates its 30th birthday this year, and since it was founded in 1989 has awarded over £5 million to projects that improve the lives and opportunities of young Irish people in the UK. What you may not know is that over half a million of that money awarded has come direct from you – the WIN members, with WIN funds particularly earmarked for projects that focus on the needs of young women and teens or women with young children themselves.

 

Your membership fee not only gives you access to one of the most dynamic and engaged networks around, but more importantly, 100% of your membership fee goes to support projects awarded grants by the Irish Youth Foundation. That’s got to be worth celebrating, right?

 

So please join us on 23rd May at the Rotunda Bar to celebrate 30 wonderful years of the Irish Youth Foundation, meet some of the people involved with the projects they support, and raise a glass to the great work you’ve been helping to achieve just by paying your membership! Details for purchasing your tickets are below. We’d love to see all of you there.

 

 

 

If you would like to contribute to the ongoing work of the Irish Youth Foundation (UK) by way of joining WIN, while also enjoying the benefits of a female networking group, please join us or renew your membership.

 

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We look forward to seeing you all later for our sold out event ‘A Collective View: Female Entrepreneurship’.
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We can’t wait to hear from our amazing panel of guests including Jayne Ronayne, CEO of Talivest, Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School Founder and one of Ireland’s leading STEM Entrepreneurs
Mary McKenna MBE.
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  • ✨ Join us next Monday, November 11 as best-selling author and Ballymaloe Cookery School Founder Darina Allen shares her view of female entrepreneurship.

Darina joins our other esteemed guests: Talivest CEO Jayne Ronayne and leading STEM entrepreneur Mary McKenna MBE, for what is sure to be an inspiring discussion.

Paid members of WIN and their guests are very welcome to an evening of business networking, inspiration, a Q&A, wine and canapés.
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  • We’re delighted to have Mary McKenna MBE, joining the panel for ‘A Collective View: Female Entrepreneurship’ on November 11.

Mary McKenna, MBE, co-founded successful Northern Irish e-learning company Learning Pool following a long public sector career and a spell as a Silicon Valley dot-commer.

She now invests in early-stage tech startups, is Entrepreneur in Residence at Catalyst in Belfast and was recently voted into the Maserati Top One hundred entrepreneurs currently disrupting the business world. (And, she was the 5th person in the UK to get a mobile phone!) Mary joins our other inspiring speakers: Jayne Ronayne, CEO of Tallest and one of Ireland’s Top 30 under 30 and Darina Allen, founder of the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School.
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We invite WIN members and their guests to join us for this lively panel which will be chaired by Marina Donohoe of Enterprise Ireland and followed by a Q&A; along with networking, wine and canapés during the evening.
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🕰 Monday 11 Nov | 6.00pm - 8.30pm‬
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Tickets are available through the Eventbrite link in your recent member email.

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✨The date for the Embassy of Ireland – IYF (UK) & WIN Annual Reception has been announced!✨⁣
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This special event will take place on Tuesday 10 December and more details will be revealed very soon!⁣
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Our members are invited to join us however, you must RSVP by November 10 via email to enquiries@womensirishnetwork.com.⁣ ⁣

If your membership has expired and you would like to attend please kindly renew on our website.

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✨ We are delighted to announce Jayne Ronayne as the third speaker for our upcoming event 'Collective View: Female Entrepreneurship' ✨
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Jayne Ronayne is the CEO and Co-Founder behind Talivest, an HR tech company with offices in Dublin, Lisbon and New York.

Th UCC graduate is a rising star who has been featured as one of Ireland’s top 30 under 30 two years in a row.
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Jayne is an active member within the start-up community globally and is on the board for Cork’s newest office hub ‘Republic of Work’.
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Jayne joins our other fabulous speakers Darina Allen, founder Ballymaloe Cooking School and Mary McKenna MBE, Leading STEM Entrepreneur and Angel Investor. .
Chair for the event is Marina Donohoe, Enterprise Ireland‬.
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🕰 Monday 11 Nov | 6.00pm - 8.30pm‬
‪🛎 Killik & Co. London, W1‬

Tickets are available through the Eventbrite link in your recent member email.
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@talivest_hq @learningpool #London #Womeninlondon #womensnetwork #womensirishnetwork #irishnetwork #irishabroad #womeninbusiness #womenintech #londonevents
  • ‪📣 Announcing: ‬ ‪A Collective View: Female Entrepreneurship. Darina Allen, founder Ballymaloe Cooking School, Mary McKenna MBE, Leading STEM Entrepreneur and Angel Investor. Chair Marina Donohoe Enterprise Ireland‬
🕰 Monday 11 Nov 6-8.30pm‬
‪🛎 Killik & Co. London W1‬
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