Our Christmas dinner took place in the Blue Apron and was a lovely evening of fun and good company and good food. The ambiance was as friendly as usual and the friendly staff added to the evening. A spot prize was given to each member . Jean wished everyone a very happy Christmas.
November was a busy month. We had the local and the National Final of the Schools Public Speaking Competition. The theme for this year's competition was "Peace- Nothing without Peace". (The theme for EC19). Tullamore College, Colaiste Naomh Cormac, Kilcormac and Clara Community School participated at local level and there were five schools in the National Final. Tullamore College, Naomh Cormac, Colaiste Einde, Galway, Davitt College, Castlebar and Sutton Park School, Dublin qualified. Many thanks to our Judges Pauline Butler, Fionnuala Corrigan and Fionola Colgan at the local competition and Seamus Dooley (NUJ), Brenda Kieran (Tullamore Show Chairperson) and John Dolan (Dept of Education and IWA) for judging the National Competition. The winners were Colaiste Einde, Galway who will present their speech at EC19.
October started with a visit to the Dail. We were invited by Marcella Corcoran Kennedy,TD., to observe Leaders Questions, take a tour of the Dail buildings and have lunch in the Dail Restaurant.
The October Club meeting was addressed by Bridget Molloy, Global Manager, Human Resources for Intel. Bridget comes from Tullamore and was a winning participant in our Public Speaking Competition when she attended Tullamore College. She gave a highly informative talk on her work in Intel and how that Company provides support to the only 10% of females who work there. She shared her "Tips and tricks" which she has gleaned over the years working in various departments within Intel.
Intel is a very significant employer in Ireland, employing 5,000 people.
The Club resumed their activities in September, after a glorious summer, with a talk on the Inland Waterways. The National President, John Dolan gave this talk and guests and the public were invited to attend. John outlined the development of their Association and the importance of local involvement in the preservation of these facilities. He presented books on the history of the Inland Waterways Association to the Club.
June Outing 2018
The Summer outing was to see the Famine Exhibition in Dublin Castle. The group went by train and had a beautiful day . We attended a lecture tour of the pictures and sculptures, explaining the background to the exhibits. The collection was from the Quinnipiac University, Connecticut. We also visited the Chester Beatty Library where we saw the "Minature Masterpieces -The Coetivity Hours". These were beautifully painted miniature pages from the Book of Hours .(1443-1445 AD.)
May Dinner 2018
A most successful May Dinner took place on the 31st May in the Court Hotel. The guest speaker, Judge Bernadette Owens, spoke to more than eighty members and guests. The function room was dressed to a very high standard.
The April meeting took place in the Bridge House Hotel at 8pm on Wednesday 25th.
"Understanding Dementia" was the title for this month's meeting. The speakers were Mary Manning, HSE National Dementia Office and Joan Mannion, a Clinical Nurse Specialist who works and has extensive experience in this area.
This was an open meeting and everyone was welcome. It is our BPW Community project for 2018.
A large audience attended and numerous questions were extended to the panel by interested participants. Both ladies remained after the formal meeting and spoke to many who didn't get to ask their questions earlier. A presentation was made to the two presenters.
The March meeting will take place on Wednesday 28th in the Bridge House Hotel. The speaker is Kari Rosvall joint author of the book " Nowhere's Child". The story of her search for her birth and parentage under the Nazi programme for the development of a super race .
International Meeting and Candle Lighting. One of our members has just returned from volunteering in Kenya and will give a firsthand account of her experiences there.
Unfortunately this meeting was cancelled due to the very snowy conditions and we hope to hear all about this later in the year.
May Dinner 2017
The May dinner took place on Thursday 18th May in the Court Hotel. The special guest for the evening was Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, the Minister for Health Promotion. There was a big turn out of members and guests who enjoyed a sparkling reception and dinner in the Egan Room. The Court Hotel had dressed the room in atmospheric candlelight and provided a lovely meal which everyone enjoyed.
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th April in the Bridge House Hotel at 8pm. This will be preceded by dinner in the Balcone Restaurant at 6pm. The Speaker for the evening is Ms. Anna Marie Delaney, CEO Offaly County Council. Everyone welcome.
The National AGM took place on 1st April in the Royal Marine Hotel, Sutton and was hosted by Howth/Dublin Club. The meeting ran smoothly and the proposal re the National Public Speaking Competition was carried. There was a good representation from the Clubs. Jean Durkin handed over the Chain of Office as President to Carmen Taheny, Galway BPW, Moyra McMahon continues as National Treasurer and Attracta Real was appointed as Hon. Secretary. Dymphna Bracken will continue as the representative to the National Womens' Council. Carmen Taheny and Moyra McMahon will attend the European Presidents Meeting in Riga, Latvia.
The European Conference 2019 will be the project for the next 3 years and Carmen encouraged everyone to become involved. This will be led by Galway BPW on our behalf.
The March meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd in the Bridge House Hotel. Dinner will be available in the Balcone Restaurant at 6pm. The meeting will commence at 8pm and the Guest Speaker for the evening is the Chair of the Tullamore Show Committee, Ms. Brenda Kiernan.
The National AGM takes place on 1st April in the Royal Marine Hotel, Sutton, hosted by Howth/Dublin BPW Club.
The February meeting began with the Candle lighting Ceremony. The President, Dymphna, opened the meeting and read the International President's letter. The Readers this year were Jean Durkin, National President, Eucharia Grogan and Pauline Butler. The Flowers and decorations were ably provided by Marie Neville, who with Mary Wrafter, lit the numerous candles.
This was followed by the Presentation of Honorary Membership to Kathleen Broderick, who celebrated her 90th Birthday and was a founder member of the Tullamore BPW Club. Kathleen also served as National Secretary when Dr. Breda Scanlon, R.I.P., was National President. Kathleen has served the Club as President, as a member of the committee and led many projects over the years, especially the Neven Maguire Cookery Demonstration. Fundraising for charitable organisations, especially at local level, has also been high on her list of achievements.
The Speaker for the evening was Ms. Maeve Bracken, a native of Tullamore, who has served as a Volunteer in Haiti. Maeve gave a really interesting talk about how she decided to become a volunteer, how she chose Haiti and about life in Haiti. She worked in an orphanage caring for a large number of children who were abandoned, requiring care or with physical or intellectual disabilities. The most important thing was to love the children and see their abilities. She also set up a small business for the Mothers of the disabled children. They embroider and make cards, which can then be sold to provide some funds for themselves.
Maeve was also there when the earthquake struck in 2012. The devastation was appalling but the orphanage survived reasonably intact. Two of the young volunteers were killed as they worked down near the coast.
Since Maeve has returned home she has continued to fund-raise for Haiti and there was very generous support for the Raffle that evening.
BPW Tullamore AGM 2017
The AGM took place in the Bridge House Hotel. The following were elected, - Dymphna Bracken, President, Mary Wrafter, 1st Vice President and Secretary, Margaret Dunne, treasurer, Laura Bourke assistant treasurer, Marie Neville, PRO and Kathleen Power Council Representative. Gretta Flynn Committee member and Jean Durkin, ex officio.
BPW Summer Outing June 8th 2016
A very interesting outing to the National Library of Ireland took place on 8th June. Fourteen members and friends had an educational tour of the Yeats exhibition, "The Life and Works of WIlliam Butler Yeats", in the basement of the Library followed, after a nice lunch in the Joly Cafe, by a tour of the Library. The genealogy room is open and accessible to all to study their family tree. The main library on the top floor hasn't changed much in a hundred years. There is lovely carved wood around the room, for the book collections. The tour was conducted by the son-in -law of the late member Brid Lee.
May Dinner Wednesday 18th 2016
President Dymphna has pleasure advising you and friends of the BPW Annual May Dinner in The Court Hotel on Wednesday, 18th May 2016 at 7.30pm.
It is the 45th Anniversary of Tullamore BPW Club.
Guest Speaker is Ms. Anna May McHugh, Managing Director, National Ploughing Association.
Subscription is €40/person
Tullamore hosts the 2016 National Ploughing Championship this year.
We look forward to seeing you and your friends there.
April Meeting 27th April 2016.
The Speaker from TILDA. The Irish LongituDinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) was Ms. Siobhan Scarlett, a native of Tullamore. She is a data manager with the research group and has worked there for the last 3 years. She spoke about the data collection and they are now at the 4th wave of collecting the data. There original number was over 8,000 but this has now reduced to 6,000 plus due to a variety of factors. They have been influencing public policy e.g they have used their findings to increase the time allowed at pedestrian crossings to accomodate the older person whose mobility has slowed down. They have influenced Government policy on older persons and collaborate with a number of other agencies, e.g the ESRI.
National AGM Tullamore 9th April.
The National AGM took place in Tullamore on Saturday 9th April. Members from Howth and Galway were present as well as a large number of members from Tullamore. Dr. Jean Durkin was ratified for a second term in office as National President. Ms. Bernadette Greene was approved as Hon. Secretary and Ms Moyra McMahon was appointed as Hon. Treasurer. Ms Carmen Taheny was approved as 1st Vice President and European Rep. and Ms Dymphna Bracken as National PRO and BPW rep to the NWCI with Carmel Dooley.
March Meeting 30th March 2016
Ms Michelle Melotte spoke about Women and the Law and Women in the Law. It was a very interesting presentation and the examples given were both entertaining and serious. She answered many varied questions during the discussion afterwards. Thank you to Michelle for her excellent presentation.
February Meeting International Night 2016
The next meeting of the Tullamore BPW Club takes place on Wednesday 24th February. It celebrates International Night. Supper will be served in the Balcone Restaurant at 6pm.
The Candle Lighting Ceremony takes place at the beginning of the meeting. This ceremony happens in all BPW Clubs around the world to remember the founder, Lena Madisson Philips, and to celebrate the achievements already accomplished.
It also reminds us of our future goals of gender equality, economic, political and social equality.
Our theme is to Make a Difference Through Leadership and Action to bring equality and develop the professional, business and leadership potential for Women on all levels around the world.
The Guest Speaker for International night is Fatema, a Syrian Refugee, who came to Tullamore about 2 years ago.
Some highlights from 2015.
September Meeting BPW facilitates Meeting on Positive Aging
Margharita Solan who spearheaded the development of an alternative to institutional residential care for older persons in Naas and created a model that would create a society for all ages in the town will be the Guest Speaker at the September meeting of Tullamore Business Professional Women in the Bridge House, on Wednesday September 23 at 8.00pm.
Everybody with an interest in creating Step Up facilities with emphasis on ability rather than disability and with bringing older people to the heart of the community is welcome to attend.
Margharita is Chairperson of Nás na Ríogh Housing Association, McAuley Place , Naas. A graduate of the Mater Hospital School of Nursing, Dublin, her vision ‘to bring older persons to the heart of a vibrant community’ was inspired by the wisdom, knowledge, insight, and love she received from the many of the older people that she nursed in residential care settings. She was challenged by the fact that each day when she was going home from work she was leaving residents in an institution without sense of home. When an elderly neighbour was admitted to a long term care setting she realised that it could be her or her husband in the future. She then set about developing the type of environment that people would choose to live in, if they could no longer remain independent at home, but did not need full time nursing care: an environment where the emphasis would be on ability rather than disability, on wellness rather than on illness.
She is passionate about the need to create the ‘expectation of the unexpected’ in an ‘anti-fragile’ environment and is advocating for more Step Up facilities for Us as We Age.
Her vision has been brought to life at McAuley Place , in the heart of Naas, which is now recognised as a Positive Ageing Centre and has been recommended as a national exemplar by President Michael D. Higgins.
The development places huge emphasis on opportunities for lifelong learning and the arts are central to this policy, ensuring social inclusion for tenants and for the wider community. Local artists can exhibit and sell, their work in the lobby and the display is changed regularly. The Arts and Culture centre is used by the community for music, dance, film and other activities. The Community Centre hosts a wide range of classes, courses, and events, and the building includes a sound-proof music room.