International Women’s Day 2021

To mark International Women’s Day, please join Historian-in-Residence, Sharon Slater, and artists Ann Blake, Mary Conroy, Ceara Conway, Emma Langford, and Fiona Reilly for three special events on Monday 8 March 2021.

Sharon Slater on Live 95 FM, 9.25am

Historian Sharon Slater and journalist Maxine Bramley take a walk through Limerick City with the Women of Limerick app. This is a new mobile phone app to remember and celebrate women from Limerick’s history. On International Women’s Day, the walk will be broadcast on Live 95 FM at 9.25am.

With the Women of Limerick app, you can plan walking routes through the city or engage with Limerick’s cultural heritage at your fingertips, wherever you are in the world. At each location on the map, you can read a short biography of each woman and listen to a story from her life. You can read more and download Women of Limerick for free here.

Ceara Conway on RTÉ Lyric FM, 1pm

Sinou is an audio piece by Ceara Conway commissioned by Ormston House featuring the artist singing the Seikilos Epitaph, an ancient chant composed in the Ptolemy harmonic scale. It is the oldest surviving complete musical composition. On International Women’s Day, Sinou will be broadcast during The Full Score hosted by Liz Nolan on RTÉ Lyric FM.

A translation of the Seikilos Epitaph reads:
While you live, shine
Have no grief at all
Life exists only for a short while
And Time demands his due.

You can read more about Ceara Conway on her website here.

The Limerick Lady live podcast on Zoom, 5.30-6.30pm

Join Ann Blake and Emma Langford for tea and a live Limerick Lady podcast via Zoom at 5.30pm on International Women’s Day. This month, artists Mary Conroy and Fiona Reilly join our hosts to chat about working and not working during COVID-19 restrictions. Mary and Fiona have been meeting remotely and sharing ideas over the past year for the Feminist Supermarket at Ormston House.

The Limerick Lady is a grassroots movement aimed at promoting discussion around gender, gender balance, and the visibility of women artists. You can book your place at and a Zoom link will be sent to you shortly before the event.

Update: you can listen to the recording of the podcast here.

About the artists: 

Mary Conroy is a cross-disciplinary artist who lives and works between Kilkenny and Limerick. She works as a socially-engaged artist incorporating clay, ceramics, and mixed media sculpture. Mary often works with existing communities of interest to create outdoor site-specific work exploring environmental issues. Recent residencies and awards include the Creative Europe project, Memory of Water, working in Belgium, Greece, Poland, Scotland, Limerick and Sweden (2018–2020); MagiC Carpets and Folkestone Fringe in UK through EVA International (2020–2021); and Materials Matter, the inaugural Art Links Collaboration Award from Wexford County Council, Carlow County Council and Kilkenny County Council, for a collaborative research and education project (2020–2021).

Fiona Reilly is a Dublin-based artist working in a range of media including object-making and event-based works. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Arts Council of Ireland’s 16 X 16 Next Generation Art Award and Arts Participation Bursary Award. Recent work was presented in Tempo Incognitio at Depo in Turkey curated by Rana Ozturk, and Periodical Review X selected by Siobhán Geoghegan at Pallas Projects in Dublin. She was resident at Fire Station Artists’ Studios from 2017 to 2020, and is currently involved in the evolving research project The Feminist Supermarket with Ormston House in Limerick. She is a graduate of NCAD and LSAD.

You can follow Ann Blake on Twitter here and Instagram here. You can follow her band, The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, on Twitter here, and her other podcast, Ann and Steve Talk Stuff, on Twitter here.

You can find out more about Emma Langford at and support her on patreon at here.



Our Patrick Street venue is currently closed to the public in line with public safety guidelines. Images: from the performance film Dóchas (Hope) by Ceara Conway, and Mental Labour by Fiona Reilly, courtesy of the artists.
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