Cork women to watch in 2018

Last week we celebrated the successes of 2017… this week we look ahead at the Cork women to watch in 2018.
Cork women to watch in 2018
Hilary Rose from the young offenders

THE ACTRESS

The Young Offenders stole all our hearts when it won rave reviews at the box offices — and it’s been commissioned by BBC Three, in association with RTÉ, to be made into a six-part comedy series. Hilary Rose, who played Conor’s mother Mairead, will be back in action again.

,We can’t wait for it to hit the small screens in 2018.

THE DIRECTOR

Cork animator Nora Twomey, from outside Midleton is the director of The Breadwinner, which is up for a Golden Globe this weekend.

Twomey worked at Brown Bag before setting up Cartoon Saloon with Paul Young and Tomm Moore. When she came across the novel The Breadwinner, she endeavoured to bring it to the screen in a journey that has taken four years.

The animation, which was produced by Angelina Jolie and Mimi Polk Gitlin, is about Parvana, a girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, who must dress as a boy so she can work to support her mother Fattema and sister Soraya after her father is arrested. See page 5 for an interview with Nora.

Mary McCarthy, incoming director, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, pictured in front of the Crawford Art Gallery. Picture: Denis Minihane.
Mary McCarthy, incoming director, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, pictured in front of the Crawford Art Gallery. Picture: Denis Minihane.

HEAD OF ART GALLERY

Mary McCarthy takes up her role as the Director of the Crawford Art Gallery in February.

The Skibbereen native, who has been running the National Sculpture Factory (NSF) for 12 years, is a graduate of UCC and UCD.

After qualifying in arts management, Mary worked at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) for four years.

After that job, she was appointed director of the NSF in 1996 and enjoyed working with artists “directly on the factory floor.”

She went on to work for the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and was deputy director of Cork’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2005, “a not uncontentious project,” before returning to the NSF.

See our interview with Mary in tomorrow’s Life pages.

Chairperson Cork County Board, Tracy Kennedy. Pic: Gavin Browne
Chairperson Cork County Board, Tracy Kennedy. Pic: Gavin Browne

SPORTING HISTORY

Tracy Kennedy is the first female Chairperson of Cork County Board. Expect to hear and see a lot of the Killeagh woman in 2018.

Tracy, who served as PRO for six years, then Leas Cathaoirleach for three, was elected as Cathaoirleach of the Cork County Board at the end of 2018 and joins a distinguished list of personnel who have held this high office.

In her speech to the County Convention in December, she promised to work diligently for the GAA in Cork during her three-year term in office.

She thanked all those who had paved the way for her to become the first female ever to hold the very high office.

In her maiden speech to the Cork GAA delegates in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, she also outlined her many hopes and aspirations for the future, one of them being a deepening of the Cork County Board’s relationship with camogie and ladies football.

I Wish Founders, Gillian Keating, a partner in Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors, Caroline O’Driscoll, a Tax Partner with KPMG Cork and Ruth Buckley, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of ICT and Business Services for Cork City Council; the founders of I WISH. Picture: Clare Keogh
I Wish Founders, Gillian Keating, a partner in Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors, Caroline O’Driscoll, a Tax Partner with KPMG Cork and Ruth Buckley, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of ICT and Business Services for Cork City Council; the founders of I WISH. Picture: Clare Keogh

I WISH FOUNDERS

This January, I Wish will host their biggest conference and exhibition to date which will reach more than 5,000 transition year girls in Ireland, encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

It all began with three Cork women who founded I Wish, businesswomen Gillian Keating, Partner at Ronan Daly Jermyn, Ruth Buckley, Head of ICT & Business Services at Cork City Council, and Caroline O’Driscoll, Partner at KPMG.

I Wish is a hugely successful partnership initiative encouraging young women to think about the possibility of a career in STEM. This nationwide initiative, which is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, combines the power of industry, academia and the public sector in order to inspire and encourage young women to think about a STEM career.

Founded in 2014, it has grown year on year. The showcase I Wish events are taking place at Cork City Hall on January 25 and 26 and at the RDS on January 29 and 30.

See www.iwish.ie for more.

Author Louise O'Neill - author of 'Asking for it'. Picture Jason Clarke.
Author Louise O'Neill - author of 'Asking for it'. Picture Jason Clarke.

AUTHOR

Multi award-winning Cork author Louise O’Neill’s book Asking for It will have its debut on stage this summer.

The play will have its world premier at the Everyman on June 15, as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival, and goes to the Abbey in November 2018.

This much anticipated show is produced by Landmark Productions and the Everyman and co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre. Tickets for both venues are on sale now.

Asking for It, Louise’s second book, won the Book of Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2015, and spent 52 weeks in the Irish top 10 bestseller lists.

Bandit are also developing a made-for-TV film adaptation of the novel, which is in the early stages of development.

O’Neill’s third book will be launched in March. It is her first adult novel and follows a young woman named Sarah who falls hard and fast for a man twenty years her senior, to the point that she winds up sacrficing work, friendships and relationships to be with him.

Rebels4Choice

Rebels4Choice, the Cork branch of the Abortion Rights Campaign, includes poet Kathy D’Arcy, Sandra McEvoy (former director of UCC Womens Studies and veteran pro choice campaigner), artist Donna Rose, fellow academic Nicola Moffat and others.

Rebels4Cork founded the Cork Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment which now has around 20 member groups: fellow steering group members include Lorna Bogue (Greens) and Fiona Ryan (Solidarity).

Expect to hear a lot from the group in 2018 as Ireland prepares itself for a referendum on the 8th amendment.

Rebels4Choice help co-ordinate joint events and actions with other groups and individuals in Cork and Munster. For more, find them on Facebook.

Karen Fleming, sales director at the Hayfield Family Collection and President of Network Ireland’s Cork branch.
Karen Fleming, sales director at the Hayfield Family Collection and President of Network Ireland’s Cork branch.

PRESIDENT OF NETWORK CORK

Karen Fleming is the new President of Network Cork.

She has served on the board of Network Cork for over three years, having previously managed the branch’s respected annual Business Awards.

The Sales Director at Hayfield Family Collection, Karen has vast experience in management and event co-ordination.

She also serves on the council of the Sales Institute of Ireland, Munster branch and on the Cork Simon Annual Fundraising Ball Committee.

Speaking about her new role, Karen said: “It is a great honour and I am looking forward to some fantastic events in store for 2018 with the help of the dedicated Network Cork committee and the support of our members.”

Network Ireland is a non-profit, voluntary organisation, with over 1,000 members nationwide, comprising of 13 branches with two new branches due in 2018 including Kerry and Roscommon.

Network Cork is the Cork branch of Network Ireland and currently boasts 200-plus members.

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