Luton St Brigid’s Day - An afternoon with Irish Women at the Movies

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Take 85 attendees, including 30 in Luton Irish Forum’s centre for traditional afternoon tea and 50 joining online, and you could be on to a winner! That was how Luton Irish Forum marked Lá Fhéile Bríde 2022 (St Brigid’s Day), with its 6th annual event, this year, celebrating Irish Women at the Movies.

After a special message from Isobel O’Connor, First Secretary on behalf of the Irish Embassy, attendees spent the next two hours learning about Irish stars such as Maureen O’Hara, Brenda Fricker, Angeline Ball and Demi Isaac Oviawe. This year it was possible to host the event at Luton Irish Forum, ensuring that a limited live audience didn’t miss out, while offering Zoom to those further away. The Forum’s cheerful decorations were a reminder that St Brigid’s Day is the first day of Spring.

There were some very special guests: Gerry Molumby Director of the Triskellion Irish theatre company who shared his special memories of meeting Maureen O’Hara and her autographing a copy of The Quiet Man poster for him; Sarah Finucane from The Craic is back magazine; and Sarah Owen and Rachel Hopkins, Luton’s two female MPs completed the guest list. They also made donations to the raffle and lucky winners were able to take home house of Commons wine and chocolates. Winners can also look forward to meals out at the TAPAS Indian Mezze & Grill and the Engine American Diner.

Traditional afternoon teas, made freshly on the day by the family team of Jack Berr Caterers, were delivered to Luton attendees. Everyone was impressed and one person commented “The teas were like delving into Mary Poppins handbag – they were almost bottomless, had great choices and were excellent value.”

There were a few technical hitches along the way but completely undaunted, the event was a huge success. “Most inspiring and entertaining,” said attendee, Gill, and there was a ‘big thank you’ from Jacki in Nashville, Tennessee.

As in previous years, there is a St Brigid's 2022 souvenir e-Booklet full of information about Irish Women at the Movies.

Tom Scanlon Chairman of Luton Irish Forum “hopes we can all be together again next year”.

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