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Women in Media 2020

 Celebrating Inspirational Irish Women
In association with Kilcooly's Country House Hotel, Ballybunion
2nd, 3rd & 4th October
Ballybunion, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Women in Media 2020

Women in Media 2020 has been pushed back to the 2nd, 3rd & 4th October 2020 from it's usual April time-frame, due to the unexpected Covid-19 pandemic. We will announce our new programme & guest speakers in due course.
Last year we were delighted to include contributions this year from Miriam O'Callaghan, Katie Hannon, Ciara Riordan, Mary Dundon, Justine McCarthy, Fr. Peter McVerry and more.
We would like to thank all those that attended the discussions and for making Women in Media 2019 a fantastic success and look forward to seeing you this October 2020.
We are also happy to announce that if you missed any of last years events - you can catch videos of them in our press media section below and we look forward to welcoming you to our next event.


Women in Media

Women in Media 2020 aims  to further champion the positive effects that pioneering Women have made throughout the Irish Media. 


In 2019 we had a plethora of guest speakers included Aisling Ryan, Mary Dundon, Bertie Ahern, Anne O'Leary, Ciara Riordan, Justine McCarthy, Fr. Peter McVerry , Katie Hannon, Sarah Carey and many more.

The 2019 Award Winners included

Mary Cummins Award was Katie Hannon

Joan Kennelly Award, Valerie O'Sullivan ~ Photographer

Social Media Award, Celine Crawford.

Women in Media 2020 has been pushed back to the 2nd, 3rd & 4th October 2020 from it's usual April time-frame, due to the unexpected Covid-19 pandemic. We will announce our programme in due course.


Guest Speakers

Women in Media 2019

Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across Ireland & Abroad
Aisling Ryan
Exploration Geologist, Social Media Influencer & Twitch Streamer
Jane Last
Head of News at Independent News and Media
Mairead McGuinness
First Vice-President of the European Parliament
Dee Keogh
Community Activist
Harry McCann
CEO Trendster
Gillian Keating
Co-founder of the I WISH Foundation.
Jan O'Sullivan
Labour Party Housing & Local Government spokeswoman.
Jess Kelly
Technology Correspondent at NewsTalk.
Dr. Mary C. Murphy
Lecturer in politics with the Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork
Claudia Carroll
Moira Murrell
Chief Executive of Kerry County Council
Sinead Moriarty
Author & columnist with the Irish Independent
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Press & Media

Topic :- The Future of Social Media 

Chaired by Ciara O'Riordan, Social News Editor (BBC NEWS)

Panel includes  Julia Ebner, Research Fellow at the London based Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD)

Dr. Ciarán McMahon, Author of 'The psychology of Social Media'.

Jane Last,...

Topic - BREXIT 'The aftermath; a dream transition or  a living nightmare'. We will explore the operational realities of life in Ireland and beyond in a post brexit scenario.

Chaired by Sarah Carey, Journalist

Panel includes Bertie Ahern, Former Taoiseach and leader of Fi...

Award winners Katie Hannon, Valerie O’ Sullivan and Celine Crawford at Women in Media 2019 — atKilcooly's Country House.

Katie Hannon 2019 Award Winner @ Women in Media with Anne O’ Leary Vodafone Women in Media — at Kilcooly's Country House.

Valerie O’ Sullivan, Ph...

Topic:- Does Journalism have a Future ?

Chaired by Katie Hannon (RTÉ)

Panel included - Aíne Kerr, Co-founder and COO of Kinzen

Lise Hand, The Times (Ireland Edition)

Ellen Coyne, Senior Journalist, The Times (Ireland Edition)

Susan Mitchell, Deputy Editor of Sunday Business...

Topic :- How to solve Ireland's housing crisis. What the government needs to do now.

Chaired by Mary Dundon, Head of Journalism at University of Limerick

Panel included - Justine McCarthy, The Sunday Times

Fr. Peter McVerry, The Peter McVerry Trust

Damien English T.D, Mini...

Chaired by Jess Kelly, Newstalk's Technology Correspondent and host of Tech Talk.

Panel includes :-  Anne O'Leary (CEO Vodafone Ireland)

Dr. Naimh O'Sullivan, Head of Genetics at UCD

Gillian Keeting, IWISH Foundation

Harry McCann, CEO Trendster Media

The Friday Night Panel.  Topic :- Telling Our Stories.  Three best-selling authors share their wit, wisdom and way with words.

Chaired by Barbara Scully

Panel included - Sinead Moriarty, Felicity Hayes-McCoy and Claudia Carroll.

The opening ceremony of the Women in Media conference 2019.  Launching the event were Joan O'Connor, Anne O'Leary (CEO Vodafone Ireland), Mary Rose Stafford (Head of School - Business, Computing and Humanities at IT Tralee) and Dee Keogh (Community Activist).

Closing Address / Speeches from Liam O'Brien (Vodafone Ireland) and Joan O'Connor (Kilcooly's Country House Hotel).

Topic: A Photo Tells a Thousand Stories.

A Special Panel featuring Jane Last from Independent Newspaper Group, and photographers  Gerry Mooney, Jerry Kennelly and Michele Cooper Galvin.

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You can contact us at

Kilcooly's Country House Hotel

Ballybunion, County Kerry


Tel: 068 27112

Email: info@womeninmedia.ie


Kilcooly's Country House Hotel


County Kerry


Tel: 068 27112

Email: info@womeninmedia.ie

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