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 with Sadiq Khan in London.

On the first day of Spring – 1st Feb – which is St Brigid’s Day, there were 300 hundred Irish women (and a few chaps) at the first celebration of Irish Women’s Creativity at the Irish Embassy in London. Creative areas celebrated include Music, Poetry, Art, Architecture, Journalism, Fashion, Cookery and Design.

One of the many talks running in three of the lecture rooms at the same time, was our own “in conversation with” the fab Una Burke, designer to the stars. She and I were talking about the relationship between Architecture and Fashion.

We compared some of Una’s hand made leatherwork clothes for Lady Gaga and Madonna for their on stage performances – with our new garden pavilion project for the Crown Plaza Hotel in Kensington. Both have very visible curved structures on show. (See images above).

The surprise guests on the day were the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. This new celebration was an idea by Irish Ambassador Adrian O’Neill. One of the special singers was the wonderful CamilleO’Sullivan (above in red hat) and the day was compered by the fab and funny comedian PaulineMcLynn.

It is hoped that St Brigid’s Day will continue from now on to celebrate the skills of Creative Irish Women around the world on 1st Feb every year.

WIN – Women’s Irish Network – Chair Cecilia Gallagher with Maeve Staunton, architect, who designed the St Brigid’s Cross sculpture with inspirational words. Looking down from top of stairs it reads like a St Brigid’s Cross on plan.

The St Brigid’s day event was successfully directed by Consultant Producer Alison Mc Kenna Liepmann (Pictured below) for St. Brigid’s Day at the Irish Embassy London

We were also celebrating Irish #WomenInArchitecture of which there are many. A selection of 8 women in architecture panels (above) were part of the overall exhibitions along with a model of one part of their project.

Each of the architects was asked to feature one current project and illustrate one 3D detail and to share “what advice they would give to school girls wishing to start a career in architecture” or “what special understanding do women bring to architecture”.


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