Women of Influence

An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Madeleine Argue cordially invites you to Cavan County Museum Women of Influence Exhibition


8pm Tuesday 2 April



An exhibition featuring women who have influenced Irish Society from 1900 to 2000, researched by Laura Servilan Brown will open on Tuesday 2nd April at 8pm at Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan. As part of the Decade of Centenaries Cavan County Council through the Creative Ireland Programme engaged a historian to research the role of women in the Irish State from 1900 to 2000.  


The inspiration for this exhibition was the role of women in securing greater equality including the right to vote, to be part of the paid workforce and to have a voice.    The historian Margaret Mc Curtin was a primary motivator and inspiration for this exhibition by the County Museum and the Arts Office.   The research is not a definitive collection of women who changed Irish life but rather a finger post to discover the stories of the remarkable women in the exhibition.   The women featured in the exhibition have achieved excellence in their own fields including: arts and culture, education, science, business and social change. The aim is to encourage us all to identify and acknowledge the women we know who have and continue to work for greater equality in their own field and in Irish society.  


The women selected for this exhibition include: Edith Somerville, Letita Dunbar-Harrison, Iris Cummins, Teresa Deevy, Agnes O Farrelly, Majella Mc Carron, Sherie de Burgh, Rita Duffy and Derbhle Crotty.   The researcher Laura Servilan Brown is the John and Pat Hume Scholar at the History Department, Maynooth University.



The exhibition opening will include an extract from Fragments by Jessie Keenan, contemporary choreographer and a lecture by Catríona Crowe, historian.   Catríona Crowe was formerly Head of Special Projects at The National Archives and a respected social commentator. Jessie Keenan, dancer and choreographer was awarded a Next Generation Bursary Award from the Arts Council and a Professional Artist Award from Cavan County Council.



About “Fragments”

by Jessie Keenan, contemporary choreographer



Fragments considers the imperfect and unstable nature of memory through an intricate and delicately nuanced new dance work. This intimate dance experience invites the audience into a strange and beautiful world of detailed movement, architectural physical forms, fractured video, and shifting soundscapes. With this work, Keenan asks the question: what can we hold on to as our memories alter or even disappear completely?

Fragments has emerged from two years of research carried out by Keenan with scientists, dancers and family members inspired by childhood experiences of her grandfather’s dementia. This work premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2018 where it was nominated for Best Design in the Dublin Fringe Festival Awards.

For the opening of Women of Influence in Cavan County Museum the company will present a 15 min extract from the full length production.


Image Credit: Carrie Lewis photography

Fragments is supported by Dublin City Council, Cavan County Council, Dance Ireland and Dublin Fringe Festival through the FRINGE LAB initiative. Developed with the support of Arts Council Ireland ‘Next Generation Bursary Award’ and presented as a work-in-progress at the Dublin Dance Festival 2018.


Date and time:

02 April 2019 from 13:00 to 15:00


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