Voter registration in the Women’s Centre

Thanks to Sergeant Dave Butler, Community Policing Section, Waterford Garda Station for coming to the Women’s Centre today to register 18 new voters in time for the upcoming election on the 24 May 2019




Some images from our annual Women’s History Walk 2019

Pictured are a group that took part in International Women’s Day Celebrations with a Women’s History Walk of Waterford.The walk was organised by the Women’s Centre.Photo: John Power
Pictured are a group that took part in International Women’s Day Celebrations with a Women’s History Walk of Waterford.The walk was organised by the Women’s Centre.Photo: John Power
A member of the Waterford Sudanese Community adressing the group during the Women’s History Walk.Photo: John Power

Another blue plaque for Waterford Women – part of the Women’s Centre Pink Plaque Campaign – a blue plaque launched to the Waterford Cockle Women 2019 International Women’s Day

Pictured at the unveiling were Des Griffin, Chair, Waterford Civic Trust, Eugene Broderick, Jarleth, Fallon, Sonya Lakburlawal Petrova, Doni Brazil, Breda Murphy, Women’s Centre and Brendan Grogan Civic Trust and Ann Fitzgerald Women’s Centre. Photo: John Power
Pictured at the unveiling of a Blue Plaque by Waterford Civic Trust to the Waterford Cockle Women as part of International Women’s Day were a group of relatives of the cockle women included is Des Griffin, Chair., Waterford Civic Trust Photo: John Power
Tony Robinson, Maura Power and Breda Murphy talk about the cockle women on WLR On the Fringe with Mary O’Neill
Pictured at the unveiling of a Blue Plaque by Waterford Civic Trust to the Waterford cockle women on International Women’s Day were Aoibh Flynn and grandfather Tony Robinson. Tony is the grandson of cockle woman Nana Ellen Robinson and Aoibh the great-great-granddaughter. Photo: John Power
Pictured at the unveiling of a Blue Plaque by Waterford Civic Trust to the Waterford Cockle Women as part of International Women’s Day were John and Liz Cleere John is grandson of cockle women Masher Cleere. Photo: John Power
Pictured at the unveiling of Waterford Civic Trust Blue Plaque to the Waterford Cockle Women on International Women’s Day 2019 were the Glavey children with their mother Ciara; Paddy, Susie, Fiadh and Einin, great great grandchildren of cockle woman Ellie Murphy. Photo: John Power
Pictured at the unveiling of a Blue Plaque by Waterford Civic Trust to the Waterford Cockle Women as part of International Women’s Day were Paddy Gallagher and Andrew Kelly.Photo: John Power
Jim Casey and Paddy Ryan provided entertainment for the unveiling of Waterford Civic Trust Blue Plaque to Waterford Cockle Women on International Women’s Day 2019. Photo: John Power

Women’s Centre 2019 Bonnet Project

A selection of Bonnets made by women’s centre bonnet project exhibited in Waterford City Library Bonnet Project funded by WWETB
Pictured at Central Library, Lady Lane where historians Ann Fitzgerald and Andrew Kelly Presented Women at Work, 1860-1900 and which was launched by Catherine Drea and a Bonnet Project Presentation were a group of women who took part in the Bonnet Making Project with tutor Liz Heffernan(seated Left).Photo: John Power

International Women’s Day events 2019 – listen to WLR interview below

In partnership with the Waterford Civic Trust the unveiling of a Civic Trust Blue Plaque to the Waterford cockle women took place in Arundel lane on Friday March 8th 2019.   It was the final event in the Women’s Centre weeklong programme celebrating International Women’s Day, which included the launch of a beautiful exhibition ‘Women at Work’ in Waterford City Library .  This exhibition is the work of Ann Fitzgerald and Andy Kelly and includes the Passage East cockle women as a central part of this year’s photo exhibition.  Also on exhibition are bonnets, made by women from the Centre through the ‘Bonnet Project’ which is funded by the WWETB.  The bonnets are part of the larger ‘Roses from the Heart’ exhibition remembering Waterford women who were transported to Tasmania between 1788 & 1853. The Women’s Centre also hosted its annual women’s history walk honouring such great Waterford women as; Annie Brophy, Anna Manahan, Rosamond Jacob to name but a few.

Despite the rain there was a great turn out for the unveiling of a Civic Trust Blue Plaque to the Waterford cockle women in Arundel lane on March 8th.   Thanks to all who attended for making it such a special event, a very heartfelt speech from Breda Murphy whose granny Ellie Murphy and Aunt Molly Murphy were both cockle women. Maura Power nee Robinson granddaughter of Nana Ellen Robinson, Grainne Flanagan great granddaughter and Saoirse Flanagan great great granddaughter of Katty Dwyer, unveiled the blue plaque. A proud occasion for the families of these brave heroic women.  The plaque was unveiled on the corner of Arundel Lane at the spot where Masher (Mary Cleere) Passage cockle woman, sold the cockles for 40 years up to the 1970s.  Mashers grandsons James and John attended the event.  Masher and Nana were two of the three well-known sisters, the third being Maggie Furlong, whose grandson, John and great grandson Sean were also present. Over 40 family members attended the event. 

Cllr. Jim Griffin picked, cooked and served delicious cockles cooked in the traditional way with milk with onions for the event which really added to the occasion.  Great music played by Paddy Ryan and Jim Casey. They had everyone singing in the rain and gave a wonderful rendition of Cockles & Mussels in honour of the cockle women including Paddy’s Grandmother Janie Organ and his mother Stasia Ryan.  Thanks to the Gingerman for serving the welcome tea and sandwiches.  Thanks to Waterford City Council for supporting this event. 

Pictured at the unveiling of a Blue Plaque by Waterford Civic Trust to the Waterford Cockle Women as part of International Women’s Day were a group of relatives of the cockle pickers.Included is Des Griffin, Chair., Waterford Civic Trust.Photo: John Power
WLR On the Fringe with Mary O’Neill – Breda Murphy, Tony Robinson and Maura Power on the cockle women

 Friends and relations of the cockle women braved the rain to attend today to honour these wonderful women, to ensure a well-deserved place in Waterford history, may they never be forgotten.   Anyone with photos or stories about the Waterford cockle women they would like to share with us and include in this project please contact us at www.waterfordwomenscentre.com

Women on Walls

Women on Walls

NCCWN Chairwoman, Ann Fitzgerald, attended the launch of Women on Walls in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin on March 5th 2019.  This campaign aims to highlight women leaders through a series of commissioned portraits and create a lasting cultural legacy in Ireland.  Ann Fitzgerald, NCCWN Waterford Women’s Centre history group, was instrumental in highlighting the work and life of Dr Mary Strangman and in having a Civic Trust Blue Plaque erected to her in 2018.   Dr Strangman became Waterford’s first female councillor in 1912.  She was also the first female doctor in Waterford and worked tirelessly to combat tuberculosis, a principal killer disease in Ireland at that time.  Dr Strangman became the second woman to earn the fellowship of RCSI in 1902 and served on the executive committee of the Irishwomen’s Suffrage Federation from 1911 to 1917. iority4