Joining community and cultural partners, the London Irish Centre celebrated St Brigid’s Day by exploring the traditional feast of Imbolc, associated with the goddess Brigid.
Imbolc marks a time of change in seasons, and a rebirth or renewal in nature.
For this year’s celebration we focused on change – change that has come and change that is yet to come.
We had three pairs of creative Irish women based between London and Ireland.
We had musicians Orla Gartland & Ruth-Anne speaking about the ‘Irish Women in Harmony’ project, gender disparity on radio, as well as other topics and musical performances.
Noelle Brown & Jess Kav spoke about the recent release of the final report by the Commission of Investigation into Ireland’s Mother & Baby Homes, and how survivors of Mother and Baby Homes and Irish adopted people are still denied their rights.
To finish, comedians Tara Flynn & Alison Spittle discussed what St Brigid’s Day means to them. Tara is a long-time friend of the London Irish Centre and performed some of her fantastic readings on Brigid & Imbolc.