EirGen is proud to be able to support local communities and initiatives and in 2020 we were delighted to come on board as the main Corporate Sponsor for the Waterford Women’s Centre. EirGen Pharma is proud to be able to support women and their careers within the Pharmaceutical Industry, and women make up 50% of our Area Management and Senior Leadership Teams. We celebrate all the women who help to make EirGen Pharma a fun and innovative place to work during our International Women’s Day celebrations in March, and in 2020 we were delighted to extend this celebration to the Waterford Women’s Centre. EirGen Pharma is a world leading developer and commercial supplier of specialty medicines to the global market and we have two sites in Waterford; the Commercial Centre, Westside Business Park, Old Kilmeaden Road, and the R+D Centre, IDA Business & Technology Park, Butlerstown. EirGen Pharma was established in 2005 and we employ over 200 people across a range of disciplines including engineering, science (chemists, scientists), operations, and quality.
the Waterford Women’s Centre we hope to enable them to support more women to
access mainstream education and training, and to access additional supports
they may need.
Waterford Women’s Centre staff continue to work from home and are delighted to be able to continue to support and refer women to relevant supports and services when needed. Our facilitators are enjoying meeting groups on line as we explore new ways to keep linked-in and support each other as we stay in touch, stay home and stay safe. The women’s centre has always worked to remove barriers that stop women engaging at all levels in society. The current barriers are the social distancing regulations while we fight Covid 19 together. Although we never thought we would be removing these particular barriers through technical means as we are currently doing we are learning lots in the process.
take a break from online programmes for Easter from the end of this week and
look forward to linking in again after the Easter break from week beginning
20th April. Please remember to stay home and stay safe. Enjoy Easter as we
appreciate the simple things in life.
We are in this together and will get through it together.
If you need to please contact us – you can do so through our website: waterfordwomenscentre.com / text or phone 089 4556184 or leave a message on our landline 051 351918 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please note that the following services are still operating and can be contacted if you need them:
House Women’s Refuge: 051-370367 or 1890
264 364 (24 hour lo-call helpline)
Rape & Sexual abuse Centre: Freephone 1800 296 296 or phone or text 087 2233730 email: firstname.lastname@example.org /24
hour helpline number is Freephone 1800 77 88 88. Counselling and support
is being provided via phone/Skype/Zoom.
Following from the announcement from the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar regarding the closure of schools, preschools and further and higher education settings to support effects to contain the spread of Covid-19, Waterford Women’s Centre and Childcare Service will be closed until the 29th March 2020 or further notice. Please see our Facebook page for updated information.
Re: Coronavirus – Covid 19
Waterford Women’s Centre & Childcare
Service are following the HSE guidelines and advice in relation to stopping the spread of the
The final event of the International Women’s
Day Festival was the ‘Well Girl’ walk on Sunday 8th March, International
Women’s Day, a fundraising event for the Women’s Centre.
singer and member of the Mount Sion Choir, Angel, entertained the large crowd
that gathered in the WIT Arena Greenway car park from 10 am onwards. Local MEP Grace O’Sullivan addressed the
gathering and praised the work of the Women’s Centre over the past 25 years and
was delighted to launch the first ever ‘Well Girl’ walk on International
Women’s Day. Grace and Olympian walker,
Kate Veale, World Youth Champion, Irish record holder and European Cup
medallist, together led the walkers on the 7 km walk from the car park to the
Greenway on to Mount Congreve Gardens and back.
excess of 300 walkers registered in the WIT Arena Greenway Carpark on the
day. Thanks to WIT Arena Manager John
Windle for supporting the event. It was
a social occasion and a walk for all the family with sunshine all the way. Many used it as an opportunity to celebrate
International Women’s Day with a walk together with friends or other groups
they belonged to. Many current and past
participants, staff and parents of the Women’s Centre and Childcare Service
along with family and friends, turned out in numbers to provide very welcome
support. The weather was in our favour
and remained dry and sunny almost till the end.
The donation of gazebo, chairs and tables were much appreciated, and
thanks to Clem Jacob Hire for keeping the team dry at the end of the day.
big thanks to all who made the day such a success; the fundraising team:
Maureen Tobin, Liz Heffernan, Catherine Drea, Catherine McNena and Alison
Langford; to those who helped on the
day, Pat Tobin, Ann Kavanagh, Tony Grey, Mary Langford and John Grey.
All were kept
safe and sound by the presence of Civil Defence which was much appreciated. When the walkers returned to the car park
drinks were provided compliments of Lidl and beautiful fresh fruit from Iverk
to Graphic Image and Claire O’Donovan Design for the Well Girl poster. WLR FM and BEAT 102-103 gave great coverage
before the walk and all the Festival events as did Waterford in Your
Pocket. Thanks also to the RSC for the
Hi-vis vests and to the staff from Apple who along with team leader, Niamh
Ivory, volunteered on the day. A massive thanks to all who walked in this the
first of what we hope will become an annual event.
This year the Women’s Centre celebrate our 25th anniversary (1995 – 2020). There was full attendance at the International Women’s Day weeklong Festival from the 3rd – 8th March. 50 attended the launch on Tuesday 3rd March in Waterford Institute of Technology, College Street Campus, with an International Circle Dance workshop, led by Kate Crotty, Women’s Centre.
On Wednesday 4th
March the Women’s
Centre in partnership with Waterford Civic Trust unveiled a Blue Plaque to the
Daly Family, Mai, Debbie and their mother Margaret who ran a café for the poor
of Waterford, better known as ‘the shop’, at no 5 Arundel Lane. It was attended by over 100 people. Des
Griffin, Chair of the Waterford Civic Trust, was the MC on the day and welcomed
the Mayor of Waterford Cllr. John Pratt.
The Mayor acknowledged the kindness of the Daly’s in providing a place
where the poor of Waterford were treated with compassion and kindness. Breda Freyne, niece of Mai and Debbie Daly
unveiled the plaque and nephew Robert Lanigan spoke on behalf of the Daly
family, many generations of whom were in attendance. Robert paid tribute to his aunts and his
grandmother’s kindness and generosity and said they would have not wanted the
notoriety of the Blue Plaque as they were very humble women. Eleanor Murphy, Women’s Centre History Group,
spoke about the history of the Daly Family and gave examples of how these
resilient women treated everyone who came to their café equally and without
Paddy Ryan and
Jim Casey, Trado, provided the music in the Lane before the unveiling, with
appropriate songs like ‘Skibbereen’ ringing out. Billy McCarthy and Davy Walsh, in attendance
at the event, are two of the original organisers who supported the sisters to
oppose the attempted eviction in
the early 1970s, and were instrumental in organising the community of Waterford
City to come out in mass to successfully prevent the eviction taking place. The
Gingerman provided tea and sandwiches for everyone, a welcome respite from the
cold and rain.
On Thursday 5th March over 100
attended the launch of the annual Women’s History Exhibition in Waterford Central
Library. The exhibition was launched by
Jane Cantwell, Waterford City and County Libraries, who said how delighted they
were to be trusted with this important exhibition and acknowledged its
popularity. Jane said it was important
that this exhibition is somewhere that is open and accessible to everyone, and
the library provides such a space. Ann
Fitzgerald, Women’s Centre History Group, acknowledged the support received for
the new and
improved exhibition stand from Creative Ireland Waterford. Ann also acknowledged the collaboration
between the History Group and Andrew Kelly in the ongoing work of recording women’s
history in Waterford. This year’s exhibition, which will remain in the
library until the 27th March, also celebrates 25 years of the Waterford Women’s
Centre. Maeve O’Grady, founder member of
the Women’s Centre, spoke about the growth and development of the Centre since
1995 and attributed its successes to working collectively both at a local level
and national level, as one of 17 Women’s Centre under the National Collective
of Community Women’s Networks (NCCWN).
Launched also at the event was the exhibition of beautiful handmade bonnets, by
women from the Women’s Centre ‘Bonnet Project’ facilitated by Liz Heffernan and
funded by the WWETB. The bonnet
exhibition is part of the larger ‘Roses from the Heart’ exhibition remembering
Waterford women who were transported to Tasmania in the 1800s. Michelle Tyler,
Women’s Centre, read a letter from Christine Henry, founder of the Roses from
the Heart Project, appreciating the continuation of this work in Waterford.
Music was by the
Women’s Centre singers under the direction of local musician Jane O’Brien-Moran
who led the audience in a rendition of Happy Birthday to the Women’s Centre to
end the festival.
Thanks to all who
attended the festival and to those who supported it; the Central Library,
Waterford Civic Trust, WIT, WWETB, Creative Ireland Waterford & Waterford
Council Festival Grant.
Waterford Women’s Centre, celebrating 25 years, since 1995, working with women and children in Waterford, presents the annual International Women’s Day Festival 2020. The festival hosts a number of free events beginning with an International Circle Dance workshop, led by Kate Crotty and festival launch on Tuesday 3rd March in Waterford Institute of Technology, College Street Campus, Dance Studio from 9.15 – 11.15
On Wednesday 4thMarch a Civic Trust Blue Plaque will be unveiled to the Daly Family at 11am
in Arundel Lane where
Mai, Debbie and their mother, Margaret Daly provided what was commonly known as
a ‘Poor Man’s Café’. Their clientele
were the homeless men of the city, the out-of-work dockers and other
marginalised members of society. For a few pence these men were not only fed,
but were welcomed and given respite from walking the streets on cold winter
days. In the early 1970s, when the sisters
Mai and Debbie faced eviction, the community of Waterford City came out in mass
to prevent a great social injustice being carried out and were hugely
instrumental in preventing the eviction of these two selfless women from their
home and business at number 5 Arundel Lane Waterford.
On Thursday 5th March the launch of the
annual Women’s History Exhibition will take place in the Central Library,
Waterford city at 11am to raise awareness of women’s contribution. The exhibition
represents years of collaboration between Andrew Kelly, Kilmacthomas and
Women’s Centre’s History Group Chairwoman, Ann Fitzgerald. This year’s exhibition
also celebrates 25 years of the Waterford Women’s Centre along with; the Daly
Family, the Cockle Women, Rosemond Jacob, Dr Mary Strangman and photos from the
‘Women at Work Collection’ which was exhibited for the first time in 2019. Included
in the Exhibition are beautiful handmade bonnets, by women from the Women’s
Centre ‘Bonnet Project’ facilitated by Liz Heffernan. The bonnet exhibition is part of the larger
‘Roses from the Heart’ exhibition remembering Waterford women who were
transported to Tasmania between 1788 & 1853. The exhibition will remain in the Library
until the 27th March.
On Sunday 8th
Women’s Day the ‘Well Girl’ walk will take place on the Greenway to raise funds
for the Women’s Centre. Starting at 11am
from the WIT arena Greenway entrance and walking to Mount Congreve and
back. Registration is €10 for adults
(children are free) available on line, through our facebook page; Waterford
Women’s Centre NCCWN or at the event on the day. Sponsorship cards are also available from the
Thanks to all who support this
festival: Waterford Civic
Trust, Waterford Council, Creative Ireland, Waterford, Waterford Institute of Technology,
Waterford Central Library and Waterford Wexford Education & Training Board.