AS the Christmas lights go out over the weekend of Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Little Christmas) from this Thursday to Sunday, Illuminate Herstory will light up the country with images of women.
This is the first year of the new light festival that celebrates iconic women throughout Irish history. County and city councils have commissioned light installations and arts organisations are hosting illumination events.
An event is planned for Waterford this Friday from 1pm-2pm in the Special Collections Room in the Luke Wadding Library at Waterford Institute of Technology. The event allows for the sharing of women’s stories and participants are invited to bring (either in hard copy or electronically) images of women from local families and communities and share how and why these women are inspiring to those gathered.
Founder and director of Herstory, Melanie Lynch, is asking people to get involved by hosting their own Illuminate Herstory event and celebrating the women they love. “Nollaig na mBan is a treasured Irish tradition, especially in rural Ireland,” she said. “In the dark month of January we chose the theme of light. We want to start the year with optimism and hope as we strive for equality for all. The Irish are known as the best storytellers in the world, but until now we have only told half the story. Illuminate Herstory is an event for the people, and it’s really easy to get involved and pay tribute to the women you love.”