Breaking Ground – Celebrating Pioneering Wicklow Women

Presented by Herstory and Wicklow Arts and Heritage offices.  

Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative. 

The Breaking Ground  Salon:Celebrating Pioneering Wicklow Women is a collaboration between Herstory and Wicklow Arts and Heritage Offices. Hosted by journalist and broadcaster Dearbhail McDonald, it will interweave lively conversation with performances by visionary local poets and musicians. Poets Jane Clarke and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill will read new poems inspired by the Wicklow trailblazers, alongside cellist Lioba Petrie and soprano Catherine Redding.  Speakers include historian and retired judge Liz Goldthorpe; Chair of the Bar Council Maura McNally; and lawyer and chair of AkiDwA Ashimedua Okonkwo.  Also in conversation about women and our connection to the sea will be renowned Irish surfer, marine social scientist, and artist Dr Easkey Britton and Dr. Karen Weekes who is training to become the first Irish woman to row solo across the Atlantic.

The Breaking Ground  Salon is a timely tribute to two local heroines and we hope that it inspires the public to become curious, research their own family tree and create future opportunities to celebrate more Mná. 

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