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In the Shadow of Queen Medbh

Saturday 13th of October / 6:30pm – 7:30 pm / Riverbank Arts Centre

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Election and Women's Suffrage - Constance Markievicz was the first woman to be elected to the parliament at Westminster and consequently the 1st Dáil in 1919. In discussion will be Professor Marian Lyons (Maynooth University), Fiona O'Loughlin TD, Catherine Murphy TD, Maureen Bergin (President of County Kildare Chamber and of Kildare Village) and Ciara Plunkett (KFM Radio Presenter).

Marian (Mary Ann) Lyons is a Professor of History at Maynooth University and has published extensively on Franco-Irish relations and on Irish migration to continental Europe in the early modern period. She is particularly interested in Jacobite migrants in Paris, c.1690 - c.1730 but has also published on various aspects of Irish history including the Kildare dynasty, religion in late medieval and early modern Ireland, women, and the emergence of professional medicine from the early 1600s onwards. She has co-edited several essay collections on Irish migration to Europe in the early modern period.

Fiona O'Loughlin TD holds the distinction of being the first woman ever elected to the Dáil from Kildare South. Former Kildare County Mayor and Councillor, Fiona is Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration & Integration. She also serves as Chair of the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee, and is a member of the Future of Mental Health Committee, Seanad Reform Committee, Votáil 100 Committee and the inaugural Women’s Caucus. Vice-President of the Fianna Fáil Party, Fiona is a native of Rathangan and lives in Newbridge.

Catherine Murphy is the Social Democrat TD for Kildare North and co-founder and co-leader of the Social Democrats. Catherine is a member of the Public Accounts Committee, the Transport, Tourism and Sport Committee and also served on the Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, she is also is a member of the Oireachtas Commission.

Maureen Bergin is Community and Business Relations Director with Kildare Village and was elected as President of County Kildare Chamber in 2017.

Ciara Plunkett is the News Editor at KFM; in addition, she hosts two programmes; daily current affairs and magazine programme ‘Kildare Focus’ and rural affairs programme ‘Country Matters’.