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April Meeting


 A very successful evening was organised by the Club on Wednesday 22nd April. Senator Marie Louise O'Donnell, the Speaker, attended the dinner. This was followed by an open meeting in the MIllenium Room. Approximately 40 people attended.


She gave a synopsis of her career from teacher and actress to lecturer in communications. She was also a founder of the Communications Department and the Helix Theatre in DCU. She was nominated to the Senate by the Taoiseach and speaks regularly on various topics. She is also a contributer to a morning programme on RTE radio.


She spoke about the art of communication and the importance of being interesting, connected informed and practised.


A vote of thanks was given by Mrs. Kathleen Broderick.


A donation was given to the Tullamore Hospice.

Senator Marie Louise O'Donnell, Speaker,  Mary Wrafter, Sec. and Dymphna Bracken, President.

The Tullamore members attending the National AGM in Galway where Dr. Jean Durkin was elected as National President, Ms. Bernadette Greene was appointed National Secretary and Ms. Dymphna Bracken was appointed National PRO. Mrs. Bernie Henry continues as National Treasurer. Also in the picture are Nora Wall, Kathleen Power, Marie Neville, Kathleen Lonergan, Pauline Butler and Mary Wrafter.


National AGM, Galway 18th April 2015

The National Finals of the BPW Public Speaking Competition took place in the Court House, Tullamore on Saturday 21st November in the Court House Tullamore. The competition was won by Colaiste Einde, Galway and the runners up were Scoil Naomh Cormac, Kilcormac. All five teams were extremely well prepared and presented their speeches with confidence and expertise leaving the judges with a very difficult task. The judges were Ms Sarah Farrell, Barrister in the Attorney General's Office, Seamus Boland, CEO of Irish Rural Link and Mrs. Geraldine Byrne, retired School Principal.


Naomh Cormac, Kilcormac Secondary School winners of the 2015 Tullamore Competition and runners up in the National Final. Their Teacher is Mr Eamonn O'Toole.

Christmas Party

A most enjoyable evening in the Acorn Restaurant was held last night 9th December to celebrate Christmas and a very interesting year in BPW Tullamore. Twenty six members and friends attended and enjoyed the food and camaraderie. New member Laura Bourke, did the honours and opened the evening, recounting the things she enjoyed most in this year's programme. Mary Wrafter did MC for the evening in the absense of our President, who is climbing mountains in Asia. Everyone entered into the spirit of the "Twinkling Stars" theme. The evening concluded with a singalong of Christmas Carols and the National President, Jean Durkin, thanked all who contributed to the success of the evening and wished everyone a very happy Christmas.



Public Speaking Competition 2015

 Dr. Phil Jennings and Niamh Horneck.

Anne Pardy, Mary Wrafter, Margaret Dunne and Marian Maye.

Kathleen Broderick and Anne McElligott

Marie Neville and Mary McGuiness.

 Florence Campion and Mary Ralph.

Chris Dowling, Mary Greene and Laura Bourke.


Bernie Henry and Mary Wrafter enjoy the evening.


Gretta Flynn, Kathleen Power, Cait Prendergast and Eugenia Grogan.

Candle Lighting February 24th Tullamore 2016

The Candle Lighting ceremony was very successful this year. We had a large number of our members present for the Candle Lighting.The readings were delivered by Marian May and Laura Burke.  The International element to the evening was provided by Fatema Sadique, a refugee, who told us aboiut her journey to Tullamore. She was born and lived in Afghanistan for the first four years of her life. Then she moved to Iran as her tribe, the Hazara, were persecuted in Afghanistan especially by the Taliban.. Her family consisted of her Mother, three sisters and two brothers, her Father was killed in Afghanistan. Following about eight years in Iran, they had to move on to Syria. Their life was very hard, although she was lucky in that she had access to a "hedge school" and completed primary and secondary education, the only one of her family to do so. The family accepted an invitation to move to Ireland under a resettlement programme and finally arrived in Tullamore two years ago. BPW Tullamore members met the refugees in a venue in High Street to welcome them and to contribute to their settling in to Tullamore.  Only two of the 24 refugees could speak English when they came. Fatema is now studying for her Leaving Cert and hopes to do medicine next year. She was accompanied by her Mother on the evening and both wore traditional dress.  A vote of thanks was given by Kathleen Power.

President dymphna bracken, Mre Sadieque, Fatema, laura Burke and Marian May

TILDA Meeting 27th April 2016

Dymphna Bracken, BPW Tullamore President, Siobhan Scarlett, Data Manager with TILDA and Mary Wrafter, Secretary BPW Tullamore.

45th BPW Tullamore May Dinner.

A most enjoyable dinner was held in the Court Hotel last night, 18th May. The guest speaker was Anna May McHugh, Managing Director and Secretary of the National Ploughing Association.  The Annual Ploughing match takes place this year in Screggan, Tullamore and plans are well underway for this major event. She is an inspirational person and has been at the head of the Association since 1972. She is an excellent role model for Irish women and epitomises the fact that it is ability and not gender that is important in any position. There was a large attendance of members and friends and everyone acknowledged her amazing abilities. She was presented with a gift by the President, Dymphna Bracken and by the Secretary Mary Wrafter.

Tullamore BPW Club AGM will take place on Wednesday 25th January in the Bridge House Hotel at 8pm. The usual dinner in the Balcone restaurant will be available at 6pm. Please let Marie Neville know if you are attending.

Tullamore BPW AGM 2017

Kathleen Broderick's Birthday Party October 2016
International /Candle Lighting Night
February 2017

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.

Dymphna Bracken, President BPW Tullamore, Kathleen Broderick, being presented with Honorary membership and Jean Durkin, National President BPW Ireland

Jean Durkin, Pauline Butler, Dymphna, President, Eucharia Grogan, Mary Wrafter and Marie Neville.

Images from the May Dinner 2017 in the Court Hotel

Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Special Guest and Dymphna Bracken, President BPW Tullamore

Councillor Sinead Doorley and member Mary Greene

Eucharia Grogan, Member, who entertained the guests at the reception.

Kathleen Broderick and Bernadette Greene

Dymphna Bracken making a presentation to Minister Marcella Corcoran Kennedy.

Margaret Dunne, Marie Neville and Mary Wrafter enjoying the reception.

Gretta Flynn,Cait Prendergast, Nora Wall with Margaret Dunne and Jean Durkin.

Margaret Dunne, Treasurer and Marian May committee members.

Mount Usher Gardens June 2017

A very enjoyable day's outing to Mount Usher Gardens took place last Wednesday 21st June. We traveled by coach and arrived ahead of the expected time which gave us extra time to survey the site. A table had been booked for lunch and everyone had a great choice. We all agreed the food was lovely. The gardens were superb, with paths and grass avenues to traverse. The flowers, trees and grassy areas were a joy to see and the small green areas could be in anybodies garden. The smells of the greenery and the sounds of the water were a real sensory experience. The weather ensured everyone  had a "Grand Tour".

EC19 - BPW European Conference 2019

A meeting of the BPW National Council took place in Galway with the European Officers for BPW Europe in Galway on Friday 19th January to set in train the preparations for the Conference. This was attended by President Dymphna and Jean Durkin. 350-400 members from all over Europe are expected to attend. The International President Amary, from Egypt, is also to attend. It will be a big conference and all members will be involved.

Above is the logo for the event.