Longford celebrated its women on International Women’s Day last week with a series of events around the town and county.
A graduation ceremony was held by Longford Women’s Link to celebrate the achievements of 25 learners who graduated with a QQI Level 5 Major Award, and 11 who graduated with a QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education.
“We felt it was very fitting to hold the graduation, firstly during National Adult Learning Week and, more importantly, on International Women’s Day, given that it was an ideal day to mark the excellent outcomes that our learners, all of whom are women, achieved,” said LWL Deputy CEO Tara Farrell.
At the ceremony, graduates and their families enjoyed a guest talk by Liz Waters, Director of An Cosán VCC and President of AONTAS, the National Adult Learner Organisation.
Miss Waters highlighted the valuable and essential role of Early Years Educators and their critical contribution to shaping the lives of children.
“LWL also held an International Coffee Morning at our Charity Retail Premises - Willow Traders - to celebrate the day, which was very well attended,” said Tara.
Willow Traders is situated in Town Parks Industrial Estate opposite SuperValu and has a wide range of high quality furniture and clothing. The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm and anyone interested in volunteering is welcome to call Dee on (043) 33 28558.
International Women’s Day is celebrated annually by Longford ICA and organised by the International Officer for the Federation, Anna Delaney. Each year Anna sets a task to the ladies of the ICA focusing on the theme as set down by the international organising committee. This year’s theme was ‘Be Bold for Change’.
The challenge for the women was to focus on ‘Art as a Mechanism for Change in the Community’, producing art, crafts and literature to the international theme of ‘Be Bold for Change’.
“The ICA event was a great example of women coming together in celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. We had a collection of writings by members of Longford Federation, an inspiring talk on ‘Art as a Mechanism for Change in the Community’ by Leitrim based Writer PR and Creativity expert Jane Gilheaney Barry and some incredible music by talented local singer, songwriter and musician ‘Sistir’,” said Anna.