Light installation at Palace Street Offices
THURSDAY 5TH - SUNDAY 8TH JANUARY, 5pm-9PM DAILY
VENUE: Palace Street, off Dame Street, Dublin 2
The installation is sponsored by Dublin City Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Ancient Echoes from the River of Time: An Illuminate Herstory Event
Venue: SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE
THURSDAY 5TH JANUARY, 7.30PM
As the artwork lights up the walls, the stories of our ancient Celtic ancestors will illuminate the central place of the feminine in our culture, as audiences are guided on a voyage down the river of time.
This special evening will bring together storyteller Sorcha Hegarty of Candlelit Tales, mythologist and tour guide Treasa Kerrigan of Sacred Sites of Ireland, and the artwork of Jim Fitzpatrick and Courtney Davis, accompanied by the Candlelit Tales musicians.
Nollaig na mBan 2017 at the Irish Writers Centre
VENUE: THE IRISH WRITERS CENTRE
FRIDAY 6TH JANUARY, 7.30PM
Irish Writers Centre & The Stinging Fly present a Nollaig na mBan event honouring Maeve Brennan's centenary.
The Irish Writers Centre will illuminate with images of Maeve Brennan on 6 January for their annual celebration of Nollaig na mBan, which this year coincides with the centenary of Maeve Brennan's birth. Broadcaster and journalist Sinéad Gleeson will MC this special evening of entertainment, with contributions from writers Claire-Louise Bennett, Angela Bourke, Ita Daly, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Anne Enright, and Doireann Ní Ghríofa alongside music from singer-songwriter Inni-K.
‘Joyce and the Lives of Women’
VENUE: James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1
SATURDAY 7TH JANUARY, 3PM
ADMISSION FREE: BOOK TICKETS
In 1909 James Joyce’s sister Poppy migrated to New Zealand as a young nun, never to return to her homeland. Only two years younger than her brother, she experienced the hardships of a chaotic and tragic family life – the very stuff that Joyce mined for his great fictional projects. She spoke about her life, her brother and his works shortly before her death in 1964 in interviews with an Australian priest, and these recently discovered tapes will be preserved and made available to the public by the Centre in 2017.
As part of Illuminate Herstory, we are delighted to welcome celebrated stage actor and writer Katie O’Kelly (Dubliners Women) who will read excerpts from these fascinating interviews. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion on the topic of ‘Joyce and the lives of women’ featuring Anne Fogarty (Professor of Joyce Studies, UCD), Caroline Elbay (Joyce Scholar) and Terry Fagan (Historian).
Mrs. Margaret Pearse & Co.
VENUE: Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2(Historic home of Padraig Pearse & family)
SATURDAY 7TH JANUARY, 8PM
ADMISSION €5: BOOK TICKETS
The Ireland Institute will illuminate to celebrate Mrs. Margaret Pearse and Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington. A performance piece, “Mrs. Pearse & Co.”, will be developed over the days January 5-7th, culminating in a workshop performance of a work-in-progress on Saturday night January 7th 8:00pm featuring 8 female actors, music, Irish & English languages. Created and directed by Kathleen Warner Yeates, this production is an initial exploration for a much longer event to be fully produced for next year’s Nollaig na mBan in 2018, that will include in-school workshops and expanded content leading up to a fully produced site specific performance experience.
Illuminate Herstory: the epic lives of aerial pioneer Lady Mary Heath and astronomer Agnes Clerke
VENUE: EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Sunday 8th JANUARY, 1pm - 2pm
ADMISSION FREE - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Performance by actress Amy De Bhrún: 'I See You' based on the life of Lady Mary Heath.
Irish actress Amy De Bhrún will perform a short extract from her upcoming show "I See You", inspired by the life of Lady Mary Heath. Lady Mary was a force of a woman. She fought to become the first female commercial pilot, a prize winning athlete, was married three times in early 1900s Ireland and was the first person to fly the length of Africa. Despite her incredible life, both personally and professionally... she disappeared into the shadows of history. Amy's new show aims to change all that.
Lecture by Dr Angela Byrne: ‘Crossing Borders: Agnes Mary Clerke, an Irish Astronomer in Italy and London’
This talk will look at the life and work of the nineteenth-century astronomer and science writer, Agnes Mary Clerke. Born in Skibbereen in 1842, Clerke was home-schooled in astronomy and mathematics by her brother and father. She left Ireland at in 1867, spending ten years in Italy and thirty years in London, where she died in 1907. She also crossed the borders between ‘amateur’ and professional science, writing for both popular and specialist scientific audiences. Her geographical and intellectual mobility opened up professional opportunities and enabled Agnes to secure her place as one of the most important science writers of the age.