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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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Join us for an energising morning of networking with other WIN members, a delicious cooked breakfast at Corrigan's of Mayfair and insights from a woman at the top of her field. No better way to start a Tuesday!
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Cheers to you & all the other strong women out there 💪 ▪️May we know them 👯‍♀️
▪️May we be them ✨
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  • 2019 was an amazing year for WIN, with lots of changes & lots to look forward to for 2020 🍾To celebrate, we’ve put together a special round-up of our favourite moments from 2019 ✨
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Slide over to see the highlights ➡️
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 @trishoftheday joined us for our Jan #BusinessBreakfast, kicking the year off in style✨ As a seasoned fashion editor, Trish told us about her glamorous career, sharing some secrets to her success in the fashion industry 👗

In Feb we visited the @irishembassyuk to celebrate #StBrigidsDay. Dozens of trailblazing women from the arts, politics & business took part in a series of performances & interviews to showcase the amazing creativity of #IrishWomen.

We kicked off our #MonthlyMeetup's at the @PorterhouseLDN. It was lovely to meet so many of you there & welcome to all those who have joined WIN since then! 🥂
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Lecturer, broadcaster, author & all-round phenomenal Irish-woman @emmadabiri left us in awe at the #InternationalWomensDay celebrations at the @irishembassyuk ♀ Our favourite quote was “A win for women is a win for all of us.” ⚡
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 At our May #BusinessBreakfast 👩‍💼 Bridget Walsh, Senior Partner, EY, discussed her rise to the top of the corporate ladder. "You don't get promoted for doing a good job." 👏

In 2019 we awarded bursaries of £3,000 for a postgrad student & £3,000 for an individual working in the arts 🎓🎭 This initiative will return in 2020 so stay tuned for more details!

Oriole Cullen charmed us as she took us on her journey of curating Dior’s Designer of Dreams exhibition at @V_and_A during our Sep #BusinessBreakfast. 👗

We heard from @MMaryMcKenna, @jaynesara20 & @darinaallen share their empowering stories of success as female entrepreneurs 🙌

At the @IYFUK & WIN annual reception, we announced we’ve donated £25,000 as part of our ongoing partnership. We also saw our friends at ICAP take home the much-deserved Quality Award. 🏆

We welcomed onboard our new Chair @angelabradyobe who takes over from @ceciliagallagher1 after 6 incredible years. Thank you for everything Cecilia, you will be missed! ✨

We would like to thank everyone who joined us on this incredible journey & here's to making more memories in 2020 🍾
  • To all the WIN members, followers and supporters we wish you a Merry Christmas from all at the Women's Irish Network 🎄✨🎄
  • It was lovely to see so many of you at this year's the Irish Youth Foundation (UK),and WIN Annual reception at the Embassy of Ireland.

Thank you to the @iyf_uk and the @irishembassyuk for a wonderful evening of celebration.

We are over the moon to announce that this year the Women's Irish Network donated £25,000 as part of our ongoing partnership with @iyf_uk. We raise this money through memberships, kind donations and sponsorship from our members, so thank you all for your ongoing support 
We are very proud of our friend's at ICAP for taking home the much deserved Quality Award.

We would also like to say thank you to our incredible chair @ceciliagallagher1 who announced she will be stepping down after six amazing years leading WIN. We all know how hard Cecilia has worked on growing and evolving WIN during this time and we hope she'll continue to be a part of WIN family for many years to come.

We wish to extend a warm welcome to @angelabradyobe who is taking over Celilia's role as chair. Angela will bring fresh perspectives on how we can continue to grow the Network  We look forward to implementing these ideas in 2020.

Finally, we would like to announce that board member @durkingeraldine will now serve as Vice-Chair and will support Angela on her mission, alongside Alannah McGhee who has recently joined as Community Manager.

We are working on an exciting event series for 2020 which we look forward to sharing with you all very soon ✨

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We can't wait to see all of the amazing #WINWomen at tonight's Irish Youth Foundation and Women's Irish Network Annual Reception at the Embassy of Ireland.
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🕰 6pm
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