Fingal women of note celebrated on first St Brigid’s Day bank holiday

by Rose Barrett
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Fingal Libraries and Creative Ireland will mark the first St Brigid’s Day bank holiday on Monday next with two very special events to celebrate the creativity and talent of Fingal Women both past and present.

Bicentenary of an Irish Feminist: Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904) with Cathal Dowd-Smith at Fingal Local Studies & Archives, 46 North Street in Swords February 7 at 7pm.

Journalist, women’s rights campaigner, activist, feminist, and early suffragette Frances Power Cobbe was born in 1822 and grew up in Newbridge House, Donabate. Frances’ activism throughout her life centred on social issues affecting all levels of society. She spoke out where she saw injustice. Cathal Dowd-Smith is a History of Art and Architecture graduate of TCD, specialising in Irish architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries. He is the Curator at Newbridge House and is also the Cobbe Family Archivist, To reserve a place contact Local Studies and Archives. 

Tel: 01 870 4486 / E mail: [email protected]

Talk on Fingal’s Inspirational Female Entrepreneurs

As part of celebrations for St Brigid’s Day 2023 and in partnership with Creative Ireland and the Fingal Local Enterprise Office, Fingal Libraries, are delighted to bring this inspiring and celebratory talk from three local female entrepreneurs. Noelle McEvoy of Supernature, Lauren McDonald of Lynotts Jewellery and Giselle Makinde of Cream of the Crop will be discussing their lives and careers in entrepreneurship with the local secondary school in Malahide. Jess Hayden of The Brave Lab will be guiding the discussion on the day.

The distinctive weave of St Brigid’s Cross made from bull rushes

Celebration Day in Mountview

St Brigid’s events card attached.

Fingal County Council has organised a fun, creatives series of family events to celebrate the first St Brigid’s Bank Holiday Monday. Events include a community cloak craft workshop, storytelling and a St Brigid’s cross crafting workshop.

The events will be hosted at Mountview Fortlawn Community & Youth Centre, Clonsilla D 15 from 11am-3pm on Monday next, February 6. Events are all free, Family Storytelling Show with Paul Timoney, commencing 11.10am in Mountview; St Brigid’s Cross & Star Weaving Workshop at 11.25am and a Community Cloak Crafting Workshop at 1.50pm.


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