International Women’s Day
On Friday 8th March we celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting a table at Network Ireland’s International Women’s Day Celebration in Thomond Park. The theme of the event was Building Resilience.
We were delighted to share the event with a host of incredible women including Sabrina Amodeo, Anne Mulcahy, Terry Ring, Maxine Amodeo, Phil Deegan, Breda Tierney and Tess Stanford. Not forgetting our own Caragh O’Shea, Marie Shinnors and Sinéad Clinton
This was the first time that Network Ireland hosted their Annual Event in Limerick and with Deirdre O’Shaughnessy, Cork 96FM, as MC and an amazing line up of guests, it was a huge success.
Mayor James Collins gave the opening address and talked about the proud female history of the Limerick Mayoral office with four female Mayors (to date!). Next up was Network Ireland’s president Helen Wycherley who discussed the importance of finding your tribe, asking for help and taking your opportunities.
Good friend of Metis Ireland, Terry Ring was up next. Terry and her husband Brendan set up Cliona’s Foundation following the death of their daughter Cliona aged just 16 in 2006. Cliona’s Foundation provides financial assistance to parents of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs across Ireland to help with the non-medical expenses related to caring for their child. Terry spoke about the struggles faced by parents and families of seriously ill children and the impact it has. Cliona’s were the beneficiaries of Friday’s event.
Lorraine Lordan from Cartoon Saloon sat down with Dee to talk about how she created a career for herself in animation. Cartoon Saloon is a three time Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA and Emmy nominated animation studio. A true test of Building Resilience, Cartoon Saloon’s first feature film, The Secret of Kells took 10 years to make.
Noelle O’Connor, Entreprenuer and Founder TanOrganic, Michelle McGreal, Cultural Transformation Lead and Head of Diversity & Inclusion AIB and Fiona Steed, Group Lead Allied Health UL Hospitals joined Dee on the stage next.
Fiona talked about her work, life, and ‘you’ balance. She discussed how each aspect of her life is equally important, just not all at the same time. Her tips for Resilience is to use your support network, work hard and be honest in your efforts. Be Proud, Be Positive and Be Passionate.
Michelle talked about the power of ‘No’, to know how and when to say it. Being honest and asking for help are the key to being successful and balancing life.
Noelle, who rose to fame in Dragons Den, discussed the importance of loving what you do. She talked about her setbacks, including the very public setback when the corks in her tanning bottles exploded. Her Resilience and support system helped her get back up when she didn’t want to continue.
The last speaker of the day was Gerry Hussey Performance Psychology Consultant & Motivational Speaker. He talked about how Resilience is a capacity, not a skill. It is the ability to advance and evolve despite adversity. His favourite quote? “Do you not know who you are?” (A creme egg for the first person who can tell us where that quote is from!)
And last but definitely not least, closing out a very enjoyable day with a bang were more friends of Metis Ireland, the wonderful and talented Corpus Christi Choir
Congratulations to everyone involved in making the day a success and Cheers to all the Women in our lives
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