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More than 300 people march as Rathkeale Celebrates International Women’s Day

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More than 300 people march as Rathkeale Celebrates International Women’s Day.

Over 300 women and girls and 10 organisations embraced equity in Rathkeale as Rathekeale celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8

Rathkeale Celebrates International Women's Day embracing equity
The event was organised by Rathkeale Together

Over 300 women and girls and 10 organisations embraced equity in Rathkeale as Rathekeale celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8. Organised by Rathkeale Together, a local cohesion project, schoolgirls led the precession 2 km through the main street from The Square to the Rathkeale House Hotel.

Many wore the symbolic purple colour. The event included delegations from Limerick Youth Services, Limerick Sports Partnership, Music Generation, North Star Resource Centre, ADAPT, St. Anne’s Girls School, St. Joseph’s Boys School, Church Street National School, Coláiste na Trócaire secondary school and Rathkeale Together Women’s Group.

Rathkeale Celebrates International Women's Day embracing equity
More than 300 people marched down Main Street, Rathkeale

After the precession, the participants enjoyed traditional Irish music performed by the students of Coláiste na Trócaire, inspirational songs from the school choir led by Ms Jean O’Brien as well as refreshments at the hotel. Guest speakers included Ms Anne Marie Quilligan and Ms Chloe Markham, entertainment on the day was rounded out by Keegan from Music Generation.


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“We want to acknowledge the great cooperation of all of the staff and principals of each school and extend a huge thank you to the Rathkeale Together Women’s Group,” said Denis Robinson, Rathkeale Together’s Community Development Officer.

“They contributed to making the day an inclusive and welcoming celebration of International Women’s Day.”

Rathkeale Together is a joint venture between the Rathkeale community, West Limerick Resources, the Methodist Church, Church of Ireland, and the Roman Catholic Church, it facilitates reconciliation and justice within and between the Traveller and Settled communities of Rathkeale with events, programmes, and other initiatives.

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