Marking universal suffrage, in BallyB
THIS year marks 100 years since women in Ireland won the Right to Vote so it is fitting that this year’s Women in Media conference will look at the past 100 years for women at the Political Symposium – one of the key favourites at the annual Women in Media conference every year in Ballybunion.
The political symposium will be chaired by Mary Dundon of the University of Limerick and the panel will include former Tánaiste Mary O’Rourke and well-known social campaigner, Nell McCafferty and Dr Rhona Mahony Master of the National Maternity Hospital. The 6th Women in Media Conference takes place from April 20th to 22nd and promises to be another great event.
The conference will be opened on Friday evening by Miriam O’Callaghan and founder of the annual event, Joan O’Connor along with Anne O’Leary of Vodafone Ireland.
“Each year we try to keep the event fresh and topical and this year once again a host of topics will be discussed,” says founder Joan O’Connor.
This year`s event is bookended by Women in Comedy on Friday evening and a discussion of the challenges facing adolescents today on Sunday the 22.
In between there are a host of firm favourites like the Political Symposium and the Women in Media Panel chaired by Katie Hannon of Prime Time. This panel will also include Catriona Perry from RTE and will look at how to rebuild the trust in the media.
Rachael English will also be a special guest at this year’s Women in Media Conference.
On Sunday, Editor in Chief of Independent News and Media, Stephan Rae will meanwhile close the conference.
Each year an award is presented to a deserving woman journalist in honour of the late Mary Cummins a former Irish Times journalist and Seanad Éireann reporter and this year for the first time an award will also be presented in memory of the late Joan Kennelly of Kerry’s Eye newspaper. The sixth Women in Media conference will take place on Friday April 20, to Sunday 22nd April 2018.
Katie Hannon, Miriam O’Callaghan and Vodafone Ireland CEO Anne O’Leary at the launch of the Women in Media recently.