International Women's Day event in Longford Library

'Art and Creativity as a Mechanism for Change in the Community'

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International Women's Day

International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. While it would seem on the surface that great strides have been made in relation to equality of rights and opportunity, this is not the reality for the majority of women's lives. The fact is that progress has, in many places across the world, even slowed.

Global action is a necessity in order to accelerate gender parity. There is no time for complacency. We must act in order to create change. Nothing happens by itself. In 2016 leaders across the world pledged to take action as champions of gender parity - not only for International Women's Day, but for every day.

This does not mean we sit back and hope that they will be true to their word, that they will implement the changes necessary to achieve this goal. What it does mean is that we now can hold them accountable to their word.

We must find ways of doing this even within our own small communities as every small change, every small step in the right direction assists women less privileged to accomplish their ambitions and it advances the goal of gender parity.

The theme for this years International Women's Day is #BeBoldForChange. In Longford we are focusing on Art and Creativity.

‘Art and Creativity as a Mechanism for Change in the Community’.

We will have a selection of readings from our ICA members as well as our guest speaker Jane Gilheaney Barry, Writer, PR, and Creativity Expert. We will have wonderful music by talented local musician ‘Sistir’ and light refreshments will be served. There will be opportunity to chat with Jane and discuss ideas and opportunities.

Jane Gilheaney Barry is a Writer, PR, and Creativity Expert. She is curator of juggernaut lifestyle brand and blog; 'That Curious Love of Green.'

A former model, Jane studied communications, PR, and community development, finding passion for all. She worked in Public Relations for many years before starting her own Consulting Business specialising in business start-ups and coaching, community development, arts, tourism, event and media management, plus pr writing and training.

For eleven years she led ‘The Shaylyn Group Ltd’ the ground breaking Traditional Performing Arts Company and Show she founded in 2000. Written and produced by Jane, the show played 'The Town Hall' off Broadway in 2004 and toured Ireland and Europe.

Jane has designed and delivered four major development projects in arts and culture, cross border peace & reconciliation, education, and tourism, worth a combined investment of over 750,000 euro in Ireland’s North West region.

These days she can be found at home writing and editing her books, getting ready to re-launch her blog, and hosting free bootcamps for creatives in hiding. Right now she's editing her book on creativity with plans to self-publish in May. The aim of the bootcamps and book is to help creatives out of the closet, and to share insights on how to live a more creative, fulfilling life. Jane is also seeking representation for her novel, a metaphyiscal thriller about a family of witches in nineties Ireland.

Jane is married to Adrian and has three children, Shaylyn (21), Saoirse (8), and Sadhbh (5). She lives in her hometown of Ballinamore, Co Leitrim. Ahead of the blog relaunch you can follow Jane on Instagram @janembarry and on FB at

Jane Gilheaney Barry

That Curious Love of Green - Writing, Lifestyle, Creativity

‘Art and Creativity as a Mechanism for Change in the Community’ will take place on Wednesday March 8, 2017 in Longford Library at 7.30pm