Luton Irish Forum is marking Lá Fhéile Bríde 2019 (St Brigid’s Day) by hosting its third annual Afternoon Tea event on February 2nd celebrating the achievements of women. This is the first St Brigid’s Day celebrations, and follows on from two previous women’s history projects – Mná na hÉireann (Women of Ireland) in 2017 and The Vote last year, attended by Dr Helen Pankhurst, women’s rights activist and writer. 

The 2019 Afternoon Tea programme showcases the stories of two women from the local Irish community and includes guest speakers, presentations and live music. To coincide with the event, Luton Irish Forum is asking for nominations from the public to draw up a list of significant Irish women in Ireland and the diaspora over the past 100 years. The ‘Top 20 Irish Women’ will be chosen by public vote via social media and Afternoon Tea attendees and published to mark International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2019.

Fiona Martin, Youth and Heritage Officer and event coordinator at Luton Irish Forum said ‘Previous events were attended by men and women aged 13 upwards from the Irish and other communities, who are interested in the stories of the women who contributed to society, pushed for and accomplished great social change.  We have organised this third afternoon tea event by popular demand and are delighted to showcase the stories of two local women this year.’ 

St Brigid’s Afternoon Tea is from 12pm-3pm on Saturday 2nd February, at Putteridge Bury, Hitchin Road, Luton, LU2 8LE. 

Tickets are on sale now at £25, LIF Members £22.50 (including booking fee). https://thecraic.co.uk/event-pro/st-brigids-day-afternoon-tea

To nominate one or more Significant Irish Women or to reserve your place at Afternoon Tea (numbers are limited), please contact Fiona on fiona@lutonirishforum.org or 07957 192174 or pop into the reception at the Luton Irish Forum, 102 Hitchin Rd, Luton, LU2 0ES. 

Check out the event on Luton Irish Forum Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/226997711530646/

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NOTES: 

  • St Brigid’s Feast Day on 1st February was originally a pagan festival called Imbolc, marking the beginning of spring. After a long dark winter, St Brigid’s Day  celebrates the arrival of longer, warmer days and the early signs of spring. In the pagan tradition, this day also celebrates Brigid’s divine femininity. 
  • Following the successful launch of the St Brigid’s Day celebration at the Irish Embassy in London last year, events are being held across the UK this year.
  • Luton Irish Forum (LIF) is a registered charity and limited company formed in 1997, with 500 members and a fully accessible centre close to Luton Town Centre. Whilst originally set up to safeguard the needs of the Irish residents in Luton, LIF is now a truly representative community organisation serving Luton’s diverse vulnerable and socially excluded people. Our activities and events which promote health and wellbeing, improve quality of life and increase social inclusion are accessed 1,000s times annually.
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