Marie McKay from Amnesty International, spoke at the February Candlelighting Meeting, speaking about the work of the group locally in Tullamore. Their main activity is in writing letters on behalf of prisoners and have changed their lives in some cases. Other campaigns such as. the abolition of capital punishment, the Bopal toxic gas leak in India, stopping torture and female genital mutilation and ending the use of Guantanimo Bay as a holding centre for political prisoners are some of the other campaigns with which they are involved.
International and Candle Lighting Night February 2015
AGM Tullamore Meeting 2015.
President Kathleen Power handing over the chain of Office to Dymphna Bracken incoming President for 2015.
Below, Dymphna presenting a flower arrangement to Kathleen on her retirement as President. She thanked her for her very successful presidency over the last two years. Also in the picture is Nora Wall, retiring secretary, who has done this job for the last ten years and Margaret Dunne, treasurer.
In this photograph are Nora Wall, retiring as secretary after more than 15 years, Dymphna Bracken, incoming President, making a presentation to Kathleen Power, outgoing President and Margaret Dunne, Treasurer.
Health Information Seminar 24th February.
A very successful meeting was held, with more than 160 attendees at the event. Dr. Donal O'Shea, St. Vincents Hospital and a member of the Health Council of Ireland spoke on Obesity - the Challenges facing Society. Dr Shu Hoashi, Consultant Endocrinologist, Mullingar spoke about th Management of Type 2 Diabetes and Ms. Corina Glennon, Community Nutritionist and Dietetic Manager HSE, spoke on Diet and Diabetes.
March 2015 - A New Members Meeting
A very successful evening was held and a number of prospective members attended. Ms. Moyra McMahon, President BPW Galway and current National Secretary gave a presentation on BPW International and about the founding member, Dr. Lena Maddison Phillips, a lawyer from the USA. She also spoke about our affiliation to BPW Europe and our support thru' the Council of Europe for amongst other things for Equal Pay and the Istanbul Convention.
Jean Durkin presented the history of Tullamore BPW and spoke about the projects and events and the myriad of interesting speakers we have had over 44 years of existence.
National AGM Galway 18th April 2015
The National AGM took place in the Meyrick Hotel on Saturday 18th April. Eleven members attended from Tullamore as did members from Howth, Galway and Tuam. The business of the meeting was concluded efficiently and the election of officers then took place. The following were elected Dr. Jean Durkin was elected as National President, Ms. Bernadette Greene, National Secretary, Ms. Bernie Henry, National Treasurer and Ms. Dymphna Bracken as National PRO.
The main item on the national agenda for 2015 is EC19, the European BPW Conference and the need to increase membership.
Wednesday 22nd April
Senator Marie Louise O'DonnellI was the guest Speaker at the meeting on 22nd April. She is a weekly speaker on RTE radio on the Sean O'Rourke programme. She was a most entertaining and informative guest on the night.
May Dinner 27th May.
The annual May Dinner took place on 27th May in the Blue Apron Restaurant. The speaker and chief guest was Ms. Colette Byrne, CEO Offaly County Council. She is one of the few female CEOs in the Irish County Councils. She spoke about the developments she hoped to achieve in Co. Offaly and especially about promoting Offaly as a destination for tourists and it's central location within Ireland. Offaly's rich monastic heritage, like Durrow and Clonmacnoise, need stronger advertising.
June Summer Outing. 2015
Saturday June 13th was the date picked for the Summer outing this year to the Hunt Museum in Limerick. A bus took 16 members. (€15 each).
We left by coach and arrived in Limerick in time for a coffee break. We had a private guided tour of the Museum. There are thousands of antiquities of National and International interest. There are artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Olmec civilisation. There is also an important collection of Irish Pre-historic archaeological material ranging from Mesolithic through to the Iron Age which includes a significant selection of Bronze Age items, most notably a Bronze Age shield and cauldron.
A great day was had by all and we can heartily recommend the restaurant and Museum shop.