Irish Federation of University Women

Annual Report of the Irish Federation of University Women

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Founded in 1925, the Irish Federation of University Women (IrFUW) has four associations (Queen’s Women Graduates,  Trinity Women Graduates, Galway University Women Graduates and  University College Dublin Women Graduates), representing Ireland and Northern Ireland, including linked members and candidate graduates.

With current 211 membership, it’s purpose is to bring together University Women in Ireland to uphold the aims of Graduate Women International (GWI) . Key Activities for IrFUW 2019-2020:  Annual Conference hosted in Dublin by Trinity Women Graduates, Public Speaking Competition,Council Meeting, hosted in University College Dublin, we planned UWE Meet & Greet for May 2020 in close collaboration with UWE Board. IrFUW continued close work with UWE regarding Collective Complaint for equality of pay.
Association activities include: social and online events, including online book clubs, discussion panels and talks,  access Programme – bursary to finance student through four-year university degree- bursaries for Postgraduate Masters in Education students, financial support for Aidlink, a charity which supports girls’ schools in East Africa, funding of Study Days for Primary School pupils in University Outreach Science Lab, co-hosting of careers series event with Faculty of Engineering Mathematics and Science and ongoing project to encourage more girls to study engineering.

Our Public Speaking Competition continues to succeed and remain a highlight in the IrFUW calendar. Supporting UWE regarding the Collective Complaint for equality of pay. Planned to host the UWE Meet & Greet in Dublin at UCD. This was organised in close collaboration with the UWE Board. We were excited to welcome friends from other associations. At previous conferences / Friendship Visits the Irish delegation is consistently the largest group (other than the host country) emphasising the close links between IrFUW and the European federations and UWE.

The key challenge of this year has and remains Covid-19. We have reconsidered many planned events and introduced online events. We have also postponed others, most notable being UWE Meet & Greet (May 2020), IrFUW Annual Conference (October 2020). We hope to host the UWE Meet & greet in the future. Other challenges: to make our organisation and individual associations better known in the community, ensure sustainability by encouraging new members, to drive awareness and promote involvement and engagement in issues of national and international concern.

IrFUW Goals 2020-2021 would be to encourage cooperation and friendship through attendance of online initiatives and events, to actively increase membership, to continue and further develop our support for students at all levels in Ireland, to pursue and extend our efforts to promote study of STEM subjects among girls and to continue to promote the press release for the Collective Complaint, increasing media attention.

On behalf of the Irish Federation of University Women:

Leighanne Montgomery/CER

Meet & Greet Programme

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UWE Meet & Greet Dublin 15th – 17th May 2020

Illuminations and Inspirations’

Illuminated and Inspired – we are women

Hosted by the Irish Federation of University Women (IrFUW)

Cónascadh Banchéimithe na hÉireann

Friday 15th May 2020

1.30: Registration. Tea & Coffee, University Club, University College Dublin (UCD).

2.20: Welcome and Outline of the Day: Frances Patton, IrFUW President,

Past President UCD Women Graduates Association (UCD WGA)

2:35: Welcome to Belfield: Dr Linda Deeks (UCD).

2.50: Dr Anne Nègre, President University Women of Europe (UWE).

3:00: Dr Margaret Ward, Hon. Senior Lecturer QUB, Feminist Historian and Author:

Maud Gonne – An Irish Feminist.

3.45: Comfort Break

4.00: Dr. Mary E. Daly, President The Clinton Institute, Professor Emerita UCD, former President Royal Irish Academy: An Historical Perspective.

4.45: Open discussion, chaired by Dr. Meadhbh Hand, President Trinity Women Graduates (TWG).

5.30: Closing Remarks.

7:30: Drinks Reception (Location: to be confirmed)

8.00: Welcome Meal in University Club, Belfield


Saturday 16th May 2020

09:15: Registration

10.00: Welcome and Outline of the Day: Dr. Máire O’Connell, IrFUW Vice-President, Former CER, Galway Association of Women Graduates (GAWG)

10:10: Dublin City Councillor Hazel Chu, Chairperson of the Green Party / An Comhaontas Glas.

11.00: Tea & Coffee

11.30: Dr Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch, Art Historian and Author, former Curator of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland: Inspired by Art. (TBC)

12.15: Panel Discussion: Chaired by Martina Fitzgerald, Author ‘Madam Politician’

Introduced by Oonagh Ferrity, Queen’s Women Graduates’ Association (QWGA), Member UWE Constitution Committee.

Panel: Alice Leahy, Martina Devlin + 2 others to be confirmed.

1.15: Sharon Bowers, TWG, GWI Representative at CWS64, CSW64/Bejing+25.

1:30: Closing Remarks.

* Own arrangements for lunch. Club Café open until 3 p.m.

Afternoon: See List of ‘Places of Interest’ provided for your choice of individual visit.

Or Guided Walking Tour: UCD Belfield Campus / Trinity College Campus

7.30: Drinks Reception in University Club, Belfield.

8.00: Dinner at University Club, Belfield.

Sunday 17th May 2020


Optional Tour of Newbridge Silverware, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

(Optional, but highly recommended)

For more information visit:


10.00: Pick up by coach at UCD University Club, Belfield (TBC)/Talbot Hotel

11.15: Newbridge Silverware Factory Tour

12.15: Lunch may be purchased on site at Café Carleton.

1.45: Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons Tour

3.00: Return to Dublin

4.15: Drop off at UCD University Club, Belfield /Talbot Hotel (TBC)


Cost of the Newbridge Silverware Tour is €35 per person and includes:

  • Transportation
  • Factory Tour
  • Museum of Style Icons Tour

Numbers are limited. Places allocated on first come first served basis.

* Must be booked in advance.

Some items in the Museum of Style Icons, Newbridge Silverware.

Lady Diana’s India Dress, Engagement Blouse and ‘Revenge Dress’

Marlyn Munro’s dusty rose coloured chiffon jacket from ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’ (1957)

The Beetles’ wool and mohair suits worn on their promotional tour of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (1964


See List of ‘Places of Interest in Dublin’ for Saturday afternoon and/or Sunday visits if not travelling to Newbridge Silverware.


Supporting Information

Price Early Bird – €120 before 5pm, Friday 17th April 2020

Standard Rate (after 17th April) – €135.

Price includes Dinner and Drinks Reception both evenings, teas/coffees.

Optional Tour of Newbridge Silverware

€35 per person, includesTransport, Factory Tour and Museum of Style Icons Tour. Lunch purchased separately on site in Café Carleton.

Payment Details

Irish Federation of University Women

Current Account: 64 27 33 90

Branch: Bank of Ireland University Branch Montrose





Booking Form

Please submit your registration online HERE

Recommended Accommodation

We suggest staying at the Talbot Hotel, Sillorgan. See the reduced rate below.

149 Single occupancy per night / €159 Double occupancy per night.

This rate is available when booked before 31st March 2020 with Reference.

Reference when booking: Meet and Greet 2020

To book Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin 4.

Phone: 353 (0) 1 2001800


Additional Suggested Accommodation

Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road –

Hampton Hotel, Morehampton Road –

Radisson St.Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan –

B&B’s in Donnybrook or Stillorgan

*Aircoach 700 from Dublin Airport, Direction Leopardstown/Sandyford

*Aircoach 700 stops outside Talbot Hotel and UCD Stillorgan Rd. Entrance.

Tickets €10 single / €16 Return. Tickets may be purchased online and on the bus.