Top Speakers Lined Up For Women In Media Event

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Miriam O’Callaghan will be at the Women In Media event in Ballybunion this April.

THE annual celebration of the most influential women working in the public eye is set to take place at the third Women in Media event at Kilcooly’s Country House Hotel, Ballybunion, on Saturday/Sunday April 18-19.

The only event of its kind in Ireland, Women in Media aims to provide a forum for women to come together to discuss the achievements and challenges of women working in the media, political and related industries.

The event, which will be opened by former Tánaiste Mary Harney, will feature a weekend of talks and debates with some of today’s top female figures in the Irish media including: former editor of the Irish Times Geraldine Kennedy; broadcaster and publisher Norah Casey; journalist and broadcaster Olivia O’Leary; West Limerick presenter Sheila O’Regan; RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan; and Irish Times columnist Roisin Ingle.

Joan O’Connor, event organiser of Women in Media said: “I am delighted that we are back with another really inspiring line-up of speakers for the third Women in Media event in Kilcooly’s Country House in Ballybunion this April.  Women in Media is the only event of its type in Ireland and we aim to get both women and men alike discussing the issues of working in male-dominated industries as well as celebrating those that are an inspiration to us all.

“Each year we have seen it grow from strength to strength which highlights to me just how many people are interested in all issues equality related.  So if you are interested in hearing some of today’s top female figures in the public eye share their stories, listen to their struggles, celebrate their achievements and above all, be inspired, log onto the or call us on  (068) 27112 to register for the events.”

The Women in Media event specifically acknowledges the lifetime achievements of two ladies with strong links to Ballybunion; the late Mary Cummins, Irish Times journalist and Seanad Eireann reporter and the late Maeve Binchy, international successful novelist, who spent most of her teenage summers in Ballybunion.

For more information about the 2015 Women in Media programme and to register for the events go or call (068) 27112.

Here is the full 2015 Women in Media Ballybunion Programme of events at Kilcooly’s Country House Hotel, Ballybunion

Saturday 18th April 2015

10:00am:          Opening Speech with Mary Harney, former Tánaiste and Leader of the Progressive Democrats

10:15am:          Broadcasting Symposium – The Most Influential Women in Broadcasting Today

Chaired by Katie Hannon, RTE’s Prime Time.

Panel includes:  Moya Doherty, Chairperson RTE, Riverdance founder

Miriam O’ Callaghan, RTE’s Prime Time

Dearbhail McDonald, Irish Independent

Dee Forbes, President & Managing Director, Discovery Networks Western Europe

12:00pm:          The Daughterhood

Introduction by Billy Keane, publican and author

Natasha Fennell, author

Roisin Ingle, Irish Times Journalist

2:00pm             Political Panel – Working in the Media and Politics – are women treated differently?

Chaired by Mary Dundon, Head of Journalism, University of Limerick
Panel includes: Mary Harney, former Tánaiste & Leader of the Progressive Democrats

Olivia O’Leary, Journalist and Broadcaster

Dick Spring, Businessman, former Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs

Dr. Tom Clonan, academic and journalist

3:30pm:            The Power of You

Norah Casey, broadcaster and publisher

7:30pm:            Gala Dinner

Followed by presentation of the Mary Cummins Award for Women of Outstanding Achievement in the Media
MC – Sheila O’ Regan, Presenter at West Limerick Radio
Keynote Speakers: Geraldine Kennedy, former editor of the Irish Times

Olivia O’ Leary, broadcaster & journalist

Sunday 19th April

11:00am:          Online Media Symposium

Chaired by David Labanyi, breaking news editor Irish Times

Panel includes:  Anne-Marie Curran, Drury | Porter Novelli

Malachy Browne,

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