The third Women in Media conference in the north Kerry town of Ballybunion is this year inviting men to discuss the common challenges and issues that they both face working in the media.
Former Tánaiste and Progressive Democrats leader Mary Harney will open the weekend conference this Saturday, April 18, at 10am and she will be among the main speakers along with former Tánaiste and Labour leader Dick Spring, who will be contributing to a political debate that afternoon on whether women in the media are treated differently.
The conference will also celebrate of the achievements of some of Ireland’s leading women journalists and writers including: Miriam O’Callaghan of RTE; Moya Doherty, Riverdance founder; Olivia O’Leary, journalist and broadcaster; Dearbhail McDonald, Irish Independent; Roisin Ingle, The Irish Times, and broadcaster and publisher Norah Casey. The conference started in Ballybunion two years ago to specifically acknowledge the lifetime achievements of two women with strong links to the North Kerry town – the late Mary Cummins, an Irish Times journalist, and the late Maeve Binchy, bestselling novelist and also an Irish Times journalist.
The first winner of the Mary Cummins award for women of outstanding achievement in the media was RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan and last year former Irish Times editor, Geraldine Kennedy, won the award.
Ms Kennedy, will present the award to this year’s winner at a gala dinner in Kilcooly’s Country House on the Saturday night.
Event organiser Joan O’Connor said one of the aims of this year’s conference is to broaden the debate about women in the media and provide a forum for men and women to discuss the challenges and issues that they both face dealing with, and working in the media. “The Women in Media conference is the only event of its type in Ireland and I am delighted that we are back with another really inspiring line-up of speakers,” she said. “We aim to get both women and men alike discussing the issues of working in male-dominated industries, as well as celebrating those women who are an inspiration to us all,” she added.
See www.womeninmedia.ie or call 068 27112.