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International Women's Day

Friday the 8th of March saw the celebrations of International Women's Day and the Lady Cafe Group in Clones Library were delighted to organise a number of events with Monaghan Integrated Development to celebrate this wonderful occassion.  This day has been celebrated since 1911 and its aim is to inspire women and celebrate achievements. We were delighed to be joined on this day by Mamo MacDonald who shared the lessons she has learned from life. Mamo brought us through the many changes that women have faced in Irish Society over the past few decades from having to give up work upon getting married to campaigning for better conditions for families and children. We were all left truely inspired by Mamo's work with many various society's and groups, her stories of travel to far flung places and her returning to education to receive her Master in Women's Studies.

The afternoon saw this group of ladies also take part in a Colour Analysis Workshop with Catherine McGregor. There was great fun while the ladies discovered what shades and styles suited them.  


Book Club

Our book club set up as part of this project meets once a month and provides those involved with the chance to meet up for some lively debate and discussions.  For this part of the project we are studying a variery of texts which look at the status of women in Ireland. The group will study a number of texts of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  Later on in the project we will study titles by authors by the other participating countries.

To date we have read one fiction title, The Country Girls by Edna O'Brien. Her works revolve around the inner feelings of women and were banned in Ireland when they were first published.


We have also read a non-fiction title, How the Light Gets in by Mary McEvoy.  Mary McEvoy is a well-known actress and presenter in Ireland and in this book we learn about her struggle with depression and her difficult relationship with her mother.

Our next title will be Mary Robinson's Autobiography. Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson is one of the most inspiring women of our age, having spent her life in pursuit of a fairer world. In her book Everybody matters, she reveals what lies behind the vision, strength and determination that has helped her to achieve so much for human rights around the globe.

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