18 May 2022

Bronagh Gallagher back in Derry for 'Herstory' women's empowerment event

The actress and singer was just one of the local women celebrated 

Bronagh Gallagher

Mayor Michaela Boyle with Derry actress/singer Bronagh Gallagher, her mum Meave and members of the Amelia Earhart Legacy Committee (in red). 

One of Derry's biggest stars returned to the city at the weekend to take part in a celebration of women's empowerment.
Bronagh Gallagher was the guest of 'Herstory 2020', a programme of events  run by Derry City and Strabane District Council which focused on both celebrating women who have had a positive impact.

On Friday there was a spectacular Festival of Lights, where images of famous local women, including Bronagh, were projected onto the Tower Museum.

And on Saturday Bronagh herself attended a lunch at the Tower Museum where former Factory Workers come together to reminisce.

Later that day she joined some of the city’s younger generation at the Girl Power event in the Guildhall.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Michaela Boyle said the weekend was a great success.

“As a whole, this project has a great message and one that we as a Council were very keen to promote.

“The best thing was that we not only celebrated figures like Amelia Earhart and Annie Russell Maunder, who are known within our District and far beyond, but equally we were able to highlight and thank our ‘factory girls’ who played a huge role in a prolific era of our history.

“The Girl Power event was also brilliant to see, with so many confident young women coming together to encourage one another and talk about what they can do to change the world.

“For myself as a female First Citizen, I was certainly inspired meeting many women and girls who have shaped, and will continue to shape, a positive future for us all.”

Ruth McPhillips, Council Events Officer, said that it was important that the message behind the project was now carried forward.

“We’re delighted with the success of Herstory, and hopefully it’s something that we can now build on in years to come.

“While organising the event, I just loved meeting and hearing the stories of our factory workers and learning more about the historic figures who made such an impact on the District we live in today.

“Preserving their stories and making sure that they are told for generations to come, as well as inspiring younger women to follow their dreams, was the motivation behind taking part, and I feel that we have achieved that.”


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