The Irish Federation of University Women


IrFUW 2019 Conference 18th and 19th October TCD

Trinity Women Graduates was delighted to host the 2019 Irish Federation of University Women Annual Conference in Trinity College Dublin on October 18 and 19. The theme was Hearing Women’s Voices and we had some amazing women sharing their experience and research with us over the weekend.

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Programme Friday 18th October

3pm to 4.30pm Casual drop in for tea or coffee, Alumni Room, East Chapel
3.30pm Architectural tour of Trinity College buildings with Architect Valerie Mulvin
5.30pmRegistration for dinner at Trinity City Hotel, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
6.30pmProsecco reception in the Piano Lounge, Trinity City Hotel
7pmThe Notabelles, ladies barber shop chorus singing a capello style
7.30pmSeating for dinner
7.50pmOfficial conference opening remarks – Frances Patton, President, IrFUW
8pmDinner service, 3 course meal with wine/soft drink
10pm approxAfter dinner speech, Sharon Bowers, New York and Dublin literary agent
on “Heard and unheard voices of women in literature

Saturday 19th October Conference Line Up

9.30amSaturday Registration, Long Room Hub, Trinity College
Tea and coffee on arrival
9.50amOpening remarks and welcome, Angie Mezzetti, President,TWG
10amA Voice for Women in Europe – Keynote address, Frances Fitzgerald, MEP
10.30am“Equal Pay Now!” – Collective Complaints
Anne Nègre , President, University Women of Europe
Collective Complaints for Equal Pay
Followed by Q&A panel with Frances Fitzgerald, Anne Nègre
and Jennifer McCarthy, Head of Policy, National Women’s Council of Ireland
11.45amBreak for refreshments – tea, coffee, juice, water
12pm Hearing Women in Business Presentation
Prof Deirdre Ahern TCD Law Department on measures to improve
numbers of Women on Boards and initiatives in Ireland and India.
12.30pm Hearing Women’s Voices in Irish Boardrooms
Presentation by Brid Horan Co Chair of Government’s Balance for Better Business
Followed by panel discussion with Martha O’Hagan Luff TCD Business School,
chaired by Deirdre Ahern
1pmLunch break, Second Floor Trinity Long Room Hub
1.30pm Lucia Joyce – Her Time Is Now. Joyce Garvey & Frances Mezzetti
Presentation including short video of Performance Art
about giving voice to Lucia Joyce – Dancer, Costume Designer
(daughter of Nora and James Joyce).
2pmSexual Consent Workshops. Presentation by Tricia Murphy, TCD Student
Counselling Services, on the Consent Workshops
supported by TWG.
2.30pm IrFUW Council Meeting Chaired by Frances Patton
3.30pmConference close

IrFUW Fundraising Event and IrFUW Triennial Meeting 

Saturday 25th May –  2019 Fundraising Event “Inspiring Dreams” Location United Arts Club, 3 Fitzwilliam St Upper, Dublin 2  –  10am – 4pm  –

Hear from internationally renowned fashion designer Peter O’Brien and Anne Tannam Poet and Creative Coach

Members €45, Non-Members €50 (€5 reduction if paid by 28/04/19)   –  for updates see  

This will be followed by the IrFUW Triennial Meeting, including Handover of IrFUW Presidency and Council.


Membership of Trinity Women Graduates includes membership of the Irish Federation of University Women (IrFUW), Founded 1924, linking Trinity Women Graduates with women graduate associations in University College Dublin, NUI Galway, and Queen’s University Belfast.

The purpose of The Irish Federation of University Women is to bring together women graduates in Ireland to uphold the aims of Graduate Women International of which it is a constituent member.

Graduate Women International is a leading girls’ and women’s global organisation run by and for women, to promote women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality education and training up to the highest levels.

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