Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy addresses BPW gathering in Tullamore

THE National Federation of BPW (Business and Professional Women’s) Clubs in Ireland held their annual general meeting in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore last Saturday week, April 28 and the event was attended by members from the clubs based around Ireland including Howth, Galway and Tullamore, with the guest speaker being Fine Gaels Laois/Offaly TD, Deputy Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy.

THE National Federation of BPW (Business and Professional Women’s) Clubs in Ireland held their annual general meeting in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore last Saturday week, April 28 and the event was attended by members from the clubs based around Ireland including Howth, Galway and Tullamore, with the guest speaker being Fine Gaels Laois/Offaly TD, Deputy Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy.

The new President for BPW Ireland, Galway native Carmel Taheny, was sworn in. Carmen is Corporate Fundraiser for ISPCC Childline for Ireland and she was formerly a Director of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute in Galway and served as President of the Business and Professional Women’s Club in Galway (BPW) in 2010.

She is looking forward to working with all of the BPW Clubs nationwide and her goal is to raise awareness about BPW around the country and encourage new membership in the regions and the possibility of opening new branches of the club around the country.

Deputy Corcoran Kennedy spoke about the role of women in politics and recounted her family tradition in politics and her own ambitions and aspirations as a TD and in her work in Leinster House.

She also spoke about the importance of Ireland ratifying the Stability Treaty on May 31.

Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said that “she was delighted to have been invited to address the AGM and it was great to see such talented and dynamic women work together to ensure that women play a successful role in the workplace.”

BPW clubs hold various events during the year including business, health and information talks, social outings and general meetings encouraging established and new members to become involved in this organisation.

Its members around the country include women leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, professionals and career women and the aim of the organisation is to ‘share, educate and have a voice’.

*** For further information regarding the BPW events in your region and the possibility of becoming a member of BPW in your local area please contact Michelle Murphy (BPW PRO) on 086-2204082.

See this week’s Offaly Express (May 8) for further photographic coverage