Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Michaela Boyle, will host a gathering in Derry’s Guildhall to celebrate the “strong resourceful women” who were the backbone of our community throughout the Troubles.
Following the success of a similar event last February, the upcoming ‘Celebration of Women through the Troubles’ conference will take place in the Guildhall’s Whittaker Suite on Wednesday 18th September from 10am until 1pm.
Amongst those taking part is Hazel Deeney. Hazel was with her husband Trevor when he was shot dead by the INLA in the driveway of their home on 8 April 1998. Trevor, who was 34 years old at the time, was the last person killed before the Good Friday Agreement, and was buried on the day the Agreement was signed.
Hazel will speak of her experience “as a woman and mother raising her four children on her own with very little money, while dealing with her own grief.”
A second speaker, Creggan resident, Theresa Brown spent all her working life in this city’s shirt factories including Tillie’s and Mc Candless’s where she worked for more than twenty years. Theresa will share her story of her life and times in the factory as the Troubles raged around her.
Other speakers include Waterside resident, Liz Bishop and Creggan/Brandywell woman, Chrissie Mc Anee.
The event will once again be chaired by Catherine Cooke, Co-ordinator of Foyle Women’s Information Network, who commented: “This event is being held to celebrate the women who have been the glue holding together our community in the face of the onslaught of violence that has caused so much suffering over the years, from 1968 and certainly hasn’t gone totally away.
“All women are welcome. It is not necessary to have a traumatic story. Everybody’s unique story is important and, during the morning there will be plenty of opportunities for the women gathered together to share their own stories and hear from other people.”
Catherine added: “Attendance at this free event, originally mooted by Danny Toland whose father John was shot dead in the Happy Landing Eglinton is not restricted solely to women. All who wish to respectfully hear about the lived experiences of women through the Troubles will be warmly welcomed.”
Tea, coffee and scones will be served on arrival at 10am with a light lunch at 12:30pm.
Given the level of interest in this event and for catering purposes, booking is essential. Should you wish to attend or for further information, please contact Maureen, Catherine or Kirstie at 02871261941 or email Kirstie at [email protected]

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