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Women of Yore Afternoon Tea Brings Art and History Together

Pictured is a collage featuring Niamh Boyce, Nuala O’Connor, Rose Servitova, Melissa Shiels and Eve Stafford from the Women of Yore event. 

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Sophia DiBattista

Women of Yore Afternoon Tea Brings Art and History Together

The Women of Yore Afternoon Tea combines art, fashion, literature and history into an afternoon packed with delicious treats. The event takes place on February 2, 2020, at 2pm in the No. 1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa.

Rose Servitova, award-winning writer and event manager, will give guests an afternoon to remember as she introduces the different discussion topics along with the guest speakers. Melissa Shiels, Niamh Boyce, Nuala O’Connor, Eve Stafford and Irina Dernova.

Melissa Shiels will cover Irish fashion at the Tudor Court. Irish Countesses have a rich history within the Court and influenced many political powers during the time. Her costumes will display what a typical Irish royal looked like.

Shiels is an expert in medieval crafts. Her artifacts will give people an idea of what life meant and consisted of.

Up next, acclaimed fiction writers Niamh Boyce and Nuala O’Connor will talk about the literary heroines of Yore. They will join Servitova as they analyse the female protagonist being reimagined throughout the centuries.

Boyce received the Newcomer of the Year in 2013 for her novel The Herbalist. O’Connor was previously nominated for the 2017 Dublin International Literary Award for her novel Miss Emily.

For music lovers, the talented soprano Eve Stafford will pay homage to Catherine Hayes as she sings a tribute to Ireland’s opera scene. She will accompany the renowned pianist Irina Dernova. 

Dernova originated from Russia before moving to Ireland in 2006. Her specialties include both the piano and the organ.

Host Rose Servitova talked about her excitement towards the event. She said, “After a number of hugely successful Georgian and Victorian themed Afternoon Tea events over the past few years, we decided to throw the net wider and capture the brilliance of Irish women throughout the ages. For that reason, it’s very fitting that our ‘Women of Yore’ event takes place the day after St. Brigid’s Day.”

“We promise an uplifting, informative and entertaining afternoon, with plenty of laughs, camaraderie and delicious treats,” she added.

Heritage, culture and community will mix together during one afternoon at the centre of Limerick’s Georgian Quarter. Tickets are €49 plus a booking fee and can be ordered on Eventbrite. When booking, please include any dietary restrictions.

There’s no better way to start February off with delicious foods, empowering figures and inspiring conversations. Don’t forget to pick up a Women of Yore souvenir on your way out!

For more information on the ‘Women of Yore’ event, click here.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.