Press Release: Pauline McLynn interviews Dara Ó Briain at a Christmas Lunch fundraiser in London, organised by the Women’s Irish Network.

December 13, 2018

For Immediate Release

Pauline McLynn interviews Dara Ó Briain at a Christmas Lunch fundraiser in London, organised by the Women’s Irish Network.

Members of the London-Irish community attended a fundraiser organised by the Women’s Irish Network last Thursday at the Waldorf Hilton, London. The group of about 200 members and guests heard Dara Ó’Briain and Pauline McLynn discuss their careers in acting and comedy.

The event marked the twentieth year of fundraising for the Women’s Irish Network, who have collected £550,000 for the Irish Youth Foundation to date. Guests included author and broadcaster Emma Dabiri, news broadcaster Maxine Mawhinney, Editor of Marie Claire Magazine Trish Halpin, founder of the MOBO Awards Kanya King and Ambassador of Ireland to the UK, His Excellency Adrian O’Neil.

WIN hosts regular meetups that encourage women from all walks of life, based in London, to network in an informal and fun atmosphere. Board members of the Women’s Irish Network include business woman Norah Casey, founder and director of the London-Irish Film Festival Kelly O’Connor and Ros Hubbard of Hubbard Casting.

The members of the Women’s Irish Network represent a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, with an emphasis on friendliness and warmth for new members. Chair of the Women’s Irish Network, Cecilia Gallagher, said about the event:
“Pauline and Dara have both been incredibly helpful to our network over the years, so we’ve been trying to bring them together for this event for a while. We are really proud that we could use our Christmas fundraiser to celebrate their careers while inspiring more women to step out of their comfort zones to achieve their dreams – whether that is in the arts, in business or personal goals”

Gift packs on the day were sponsored by organisations connected to the Irish diaspora and eager to support the Women’s Irish Network and its work. These included Chupi, Inis, Pestle & Mortar and Max Benjamin.

Press release ends.

Media contact:
Cecilia Gallagher, Chair of the Women’s Irish Network


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