- 26 Jan 22
"The Brigit 2022 programme seeks to provide spaces and opportunities across our city to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women," said Dublin Lord Mayor Allison Gilliland.
A brand new festival celebrating the women of Ireland past and present will take place on St. Brigit's Day, February 1.
Billed as an invitation by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Allison Gilliland, Brigit 2022 will feature a concert as part of the showcase that includes performances from Imelda May, FELISPEAKS, Sibéal Ní Chasaide and Tolü Makay.
The concert portion of the festival, called SPRING RISE Brigit 2022, will take place in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin 2, the official residence of the Lord Mayor.
All events taking place will be free, with Lord Mayor Gilliland saying that she is "delighted to initiate this new celebration of women. While acknowledging St Brigid, my inspiration is very much drawn from our Celtic heritage – the fierce yet protective and creative goddess Brigit and the Gaelic festival of Imbolc.
The Brigit 2022 programme seeks to provide spaces and opportunities across our city to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women and highlight the rich tapestry of life that they have woven in all walks of life in our society."
Other events on the day will include a panel discussion, Inspiring Women in STEM, hosted by the Lord Mayor herself. Guests include Linda Doyle, Provost of Trinity College, and journalist and writer Clodagh Finn, author of Through Her Eyes: A History of Ireland in 21 Women.
Amongst other festivities occurring for Brigit 2022, many of Dublin's most iconic buildings will be lit up for the occasion. Images associated with Brigit and other inspiring women will appear at The Mansion House, the Hugh Lane Gallery and other locations throughout the city.
For full details of the lineup for Brigit 2022, you can visit Dublin.ie/Brigit.