The Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minster for Defence, Micheál Martin TD has announced that more than fifty of Ireland’s diplomatic missions worldwide will mark St Brigid’s Day this year.

The global St Brigid’s Day programme will celebrate the creativity and prowess of Irish women across the world.

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Events across the world will highlight women working in a myriad of fields:

  • Fine Art
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Poetry
  • Theatre
  • Music
  • Sport

In France, Ireland’s Consulate in Lyon will celebrate Irish women in sport.  In Mexico, there will be a joint exhibition with Irish and Indigenous artists.  In Nigeria, the Embassy will support the publication of a children’s book in Abuja.

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In Miami, Ireland’s Consulate will host an Irish festival in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute.

In Dublin, art historian, Dr Róisín Kennedy, will deliver a talk at the Department of Foreign Affairs on the remarkable creative women of the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement, many no longer as well known or as well remembered as they deserve to be.

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Ahead of the various events, the Tánaiste said:

I am delighted that the St. Brigid’s Day international programme has grown so widely since the first event in London in 2018.

This year sees a fascinating programme of events across the world, organised by our Embassies and Consulates working with local partners, celebrating the extraordinary talent and work of Irish women all over the world.

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Minister of State for International Development and the Diaspora, Mr. Sean Fleming TD said:

This year’s St Brigid’s Day international programme is again most impressive in its breadth of interests and reach.

I am very pleased to see the enthusiasm and imagination with which our diplomatic missions and their local partners have increased awareness of St Brigid in different parts of the world and helped to illuminate the talents of Irish women.

St Brigid’s Day, February 1, traditionally marks the beginning of spring in Ireland, and has long symbolised hope, renewal and the feminine.

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It is now a celebration of those carrying on Brigid’s legacy as a trailblazer and helps raise the profile of many extraordinary Irish women around the world.

St Brigid’s Day Events are being organised in 51 locations by Ireland’s global mission network in Abu Dhabi, Abuja, Addis Ababa, Atlanta, Austin, Beijing, Berlin, Berne, Boston, Brasilia, Brussels, Budapest, Cairo, Canberra, Cardiff, Chicago, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Holy See, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Lisbon, London, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Mexico, Miami, Mumbai, Nairobi, New York, Nicosia, Ottawa, Paris, Prague, Rabat, Riga, Santiago, Stockholm, Strasbourg, Sydney, The Hague, Tokyo, Toronto, Valetta, Vienna, Vienna OSCE, Warsaw and Wellington.

The Department of Foreign Affairs will host an illustrated talk ‘Women of the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement’ by Dr Róisín Kennedy.

To celebrate the day, a short video has been produced for Ireland.ie: Crafting a Conversation feature four female artists and designers discussing the significance of St Brigid and the importance of community, storytelling and creativity in Irish culture and society.

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Welcoming the day and the arrival of spring Minister Rabbitte said:

Creative women throughout history have displayed immense resilience and innovation, navigating so many obstacles in patriarchal societies that often sought to limit their contributions.

In fields such as literature, art, science, and technology, women faced societal expectations that undermined their creative endeavours, some women even having to adopt a male persona to get published.

Historically, access to education and professional opportunities has been unequal, restricting the potential for women to thrive creatively.

Gender stereotypes and biases have also been pervasive, hindering the recognition of female talent and relegating women to subordinate roles.

Despite these challenges, creative women have broken through barriers, challenging the status quo and leaving an indelible mark on their respective fields.

Overcoming societal constraints, they have become trailblazers, paving the way for future generations of women to express their creativity freely and unapologetically.

The resilience of creative women in the face of patriarchal obstacles underscores the transformative power of their contributions, shaping cultural narratives and inspiring positive change.

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