Readings and song to mark International Women’s Day in County Limerick

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville

Mary Coll to read at International Women’s Day event in NCW

Mary Coll to read at International Women’s Day event in NCW

FOR over a century International Women’s Day on March 8 has been marked throughout the world as  a day on which women’s struggles for equality and economic justice have been marked and their achievements celebrated.

This year  also marks a milestone in that struggle as it is the 100th anniversary of  women’s suffrage in Ireland. 

To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, which falls this  Thursday, Newcastle West library has put together an evening of words and song, to inspire and to gladden the heart.

The line up for the evening includes two Limerick writers, Mary Coll and Helena Close while the all-women Inbhear Community Choir will make their Newcastle West debut. Singer Fiona Collins from Newcastle West will also perform.  The evening begins with a “wine and roses” reception at 7.30pm followed by the readings and singing at 8pm.

Mary Coll is one of Limerick’s most formidable writing talents. Her second poetry collection,  Silver, was published about 18 months ago  and deals with humour and insight with subjects such as relationships, travel and family. But her work also includes stage and radio plays as well as lyrics. She is a warm and witty reader of her own work.

Her fellow Limerick writer and friend, Helena Close, is equally a woman of talent and humour. She has been writing full-time for almost 20 years and has published seven novels. Four of these  were co-written with Trish Rainsford under the nom de plume Sarah O’Brien. Her most recent novel is The Cut of Love, which was preceded by Pinhead Duffy and The Cut of Love.

The Inbhear Community Choir evolved from the Allunde Women’s Singing Group and draws members from all over West Limerick and further afield. Under choir director Bernie Hayes, the choir is based on the natural voice and the joy of singing and draws its repertoire from across a wide range. 

Fiona Collins is well known in West Limerick for her musicianship and the purity and clarity of her voice. She has a wide repertoire of songs and often performs with her musical husband Michael and their musical sons. Fiona  will accompany herself on guitar at Newcastle West.

This Thursday’s event is hosted by the Newcastle West library and supported by the Newcastle West Arts Committee. It is free and open to all.