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Novas Celebrate International Women’s Day with Afternoon Tea

Una Burns (left), Head of Policy and Communications at Novas pictured at the Sparkling Afternoon Tea in celebration of International Women’s Day and in aid of Novas Ireland. Picture: Orla McLaughlin/ilovelimerick.

Novas Celebrate International Women’s Day with Afternoon Tea


Novas is a voluntary organisation that works with vulnerable people and provide support for the homeless. Novas celebrated International Women’s Day with a Sparkling Afternoon Tea, hosted at the Savoy Hotel on Friday, March 8. There was a prosecco reception and an afternoon tea, along with entertainment and all proceeds raised from the event went towards Novas.

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Local author, Roisin Meaney pictured at the Sparkling Afternoon Tea in celebration of International Women’s Day and in aid of Novas Ireland. Picture: Orla McLaughlin/ilovelimerick.

Roisin Meaney, a local author, was the guest speaker on the day. Roisin is originally from Kerry and grew up in Tipperary, but she now resides in Limerick. She began writing in 2001 and in 2004, her first book “The Daisy Picker” was published by publishing house Tivoli. She signed up with Hodder Headline Ireland (now Hachette). She has written a total of sixteen books, two of which are children’s books. Several of her books have been translated into multiple different languages. In 2008, she gave up her teaching career to fully immerse herself into her writing. Roisin was honoured to be a part of Novas’s Sparkling Afternoon Tea. Roisin said, ‘I’m a big fan of Novas and a great admirer of the wonderful work they do’.

Novas are an Approved Housing Body, who helps people in the Limerick community who have become homeless, as they believe everyone is entitled to a home. In 2002, Novas was first established in Limerick as a temporary supported, low-threshold accommodation service, and have since grown. Novas now has 20 operations in the Limerick County, Clare, Tipperary, Kerry, Cork and Dublin. They support people through Housing, Health and Recovery, and as there are typically complex reasons behind someone’s homeless situation, their aim is to provide holistic, long-term solutions. Novas also won the “Best Not For Profit” award at the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards.

Una Burns, Head of Policy and Communications at Novas spoke about the significant impact that the public have on the organisation, “Oh it’s incredibly important! We’re really fortunate that the people here in Limerick get behind so many of the events for Novas, like this International Women’s Day Afternoon Tea! We’re so grateful for the Savoy Hotel for hosting this wonderful event, and all the proceeds for the event will be going towards our services here in the city.” 

Ruth Vaughan, Group Sales Manager at The Savoy, explained why the Savoy decided to get involved with Novas and host their Sparkling Afternoon Tea. 

“It was a result of the Chamber Awards, as it highlighted the wonderful work that Novas do. It then prompted me to contact Eileen Whelan, Head of HR and Legal at Novas, to ask if they would like to arrange a fundraiser. Novas was the recipient of Best Not for Profit Award at the recent Limerick Chamber of Commerce Awards, and we are thrilled to be able to support them in the wonderful work they do for Limerick & the Midwest in providing lasting solutions to homelessness.”

Novas and The Savoy Hotel organised a beautiful event to celebrate women for International Women’s Day and to support Novas with the work that they do. There was a raffle on the day and all proceeds went directly towards Novas.

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Pictures: Orla McLaughlin/ilovelimerick 

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