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St Brigid's Day, Lá Fhéile Bríde 1 February 2021

  • 5 February 2021

St Brigid's Day- Lá Fhéile Bríde- celebrates Ireland’s only female patron saint on 1 February. There are many traditions for the day as outlined by the National Museum of Ireland here and in a video. Read President Michael D Higgins message for Lá Fhéile Bríde. Since 2018 Irish Embassies all around the world have been celebrating St Brigid’s Day to highlight and to honour the role and creativity of women in society.

Embassy of Ireland, Belgium 2 February 2021

Image: Embassy of Ireland Belgium.

The Embassy of Ireland, Belgium St Brigid’s Day Webinar, celebrated Irish and Belgian women in science and medicine with a panel discussion on 2 February 2021. It highlighted the importance of visibility of women in science & medicine & the importance of diversity in the leadership sphere.

WITS was delighted to be represented on the panel by honorary member Dr Ena Prosser and WITS member Dr Norah Patten was also a member. The panel conversation was led by Dr Antonia Hart and Dr Ann Van der Jeugd and Jessica Traynor.

Congratulations to all for an excellent webinar and thanks to the Embassy of Ireland Belgium for the event. Watch the webinar here.

Image: Irish Embassy Belgium via Twitter.

Embassy of Ireland USA 1 February 2021

The Embassy of Ireland in the United States celebrated St Brigid’s Day with a wide range of events including Shooting for the Stars: a celebration of Irish and Irish-American women’s contribution to our understanding and exploration of the universe. This was supported by NASA and the Ireland America Science Forum.

This panel discussion was moderated by Dr Ruth Freeman (Science for Society, Science Foundation Ireland) and featured:

  • Col. Catherine (Cady) Coleman (NASA Astronaut (retired), United States Air Force Colonel (retired))
  • Dr. Valerie Connaughton (Program Scientist and Discipline Scientist, Astrophysics Division, NASA)
  • Dr. Julie McEnery (Senior Project Scientist for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope and an astrophysicist in the Astrophysics Science Division of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)
  • Dr. Norah Patten (Aeronautical Engineer, International Space University; Citizen Scientist-Astronaut Candidate at the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences)

Congratulations to the panel and all at the Embassy of Ireland USA for a great celebration of #WomeninSTEM and lovely to see WITS member Dr Norah Patten on the panel. Watch the webinar here.