En­nis­cor­thy women mak­ing their mark


Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS - By PÁDRAIG BYRNE

IT was an in­spir­ing morn­ing at The Pre­sen­ta­tion Cen­tre last week as ladies flocked from all over the lo­cal­ity for a spe­cial event on the eve of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day. A col­lab­o­ra­tion by the En­nis­cor­thy & District Cham­ber, Wex­ford County Coun­cil, Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional and the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fice, the event gath­ered some fas­ci­nat­ing speak­ers who talked about their own lives and work as well as pass­ing on some ad­vice to ladies present un­der the theme ‘Suc­cess be­yond wealth and power’.

The event was fa­cil­i­tated by a fa­mil­iar face in the form of TV3 jour­nal­ist and news re­porter Zara King who threw her­self into the roll and was more than happy to chat with all those in at­ten­dance. Wex­ford camo­gie star Una Sin­nott was par­tic­u­larly in­spir­ing as she told women to ‘go at it’ and chase their dreams. The youngest pan­el­list and a UCD Food & Agri­cul­ture stu­dent, Una spoke freely about grab­bing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the ‘now’, and not wait­ing for the per­fect time. Una says suc­cess is some­thing that has to be felt from within. Quot­ing her leav­ing cert English teacher, Una says the best ad­vice she’s ever re­ceived was “Peo­ple may say things. Don’t take it per­son­ally.”

Linda Do­ran, Direc­tor at Baker Tilly Hughes Blake, told those in at­ten­dance that suc­cess for her was be­ing able to pro­vide her fam­ily with ‘op­tions’. De­scrib­ing ed­u­ca­tion as a “pass­port” in life, Linda said while her “CV isn’t a road map you’d show to a leav­ing cert stu­dent” what she learned along the way was vi­tal.

Joanne Pow­ell, a learn­ing and de­vel­op­ment pro­fes­sional with QED, in­tro­duced the au­di­ence to ‘ the wheel’ which shows a breakdown of var­i­ous as­pects of life in­clud­ing ‘ home life, fam­ily, health, fit­ness, money, sig­nif­i­cant other, etc’ She urged women to ‘ take time out, to ex­am­ine your wheel’ and ‘fol­low your gut’.

Irene Walker of Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional Wex­ford Branch, is orig­i­nally from the Nether­lands, and shared sto­ries of her life work­ing in for­eign af­fairs from Ja­maica to Lon­don and ev­ery­where in be­tween. She de­nied ever fac­ing any cul­tural bar­ri­ers dur­ing her time in pub­lic ser­vice, but said one the big­gest chal­lenges in her role was that ‘peo­ple don’t choose not to tell the truth, yet they tell it as the see it.’ In later life, Irene set up her own busi­ness in Wex­ford, har­ness­ing her pas­sion for an­tiques and is now trav­el­ling the world with Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional.

The event was a great suc­cess at­tract­ing a crowd of 59 women and one man. Cham­ber CEO Ca­tri­ona Mur­phy says ‘I felt re­ally proud of the tal­ent and suc­cess we have be­yond wealth and power within county Wex­ford. Our message to­day was about em­pow­er­ing all peo­ple, to em­power women, and for each of us to have a day that mat­ters.’

Mau­reen O’Leary, En­nis­cor­thy Cham­ber; Meta Cum­mins, Eleanor Far­rell and Betty Kelly, En­nis­cor­thy Cham­ber.

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