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Candle Lighting 2013

BPW Galway to be addressed by Susan McKay at this year’s Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony On Friday 22nd Februry at Hotel Meyrick, the Galway and District Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW Galway) will host their Annual Candle Lighting supper in a special tribute to one of the world’s most influential organizations, The International Federation of Business and Professional Women, uniting women around the world. 

BPW Galway is a growing, vibrant and innovative club and its members are dedicated to promoting its aims which are ‘to share, educate and give a voice’ to its members. The candle lighting ceremony celebrates the fellowship between all BPW members around the world and is held in each club worldwide in February of each year. 

Hosted in the splendid surrounds of the ballroom at Hotel Meyrick guests of the BPW Galway Candle Lighting Supper will be treated to a drinks reception, 2 course menu and entertainment with an insightful and motivating address by Susan McKay. This special event is open to members of BPW as well as members of the public who may be interested in joining the Business and Professional Women’s 

Club. Tickets for the event are priced at €40 for member and €50 for non members.

Susan McKay, Journalist, former CEO of the National Women's Council of Ireland, and previous winner of the Woman of the Year Award by the Irish Tatler magazine will address the gathering. Susan is nationally and internationally noted for her dedication and commitment to peace, reconciliation and human rights. She is the author of two critically acclaimed and bestselling books: Sophia's Story (1998), the biography of child abuse survivor Sophia McColgan, and Northern Protestants- An Unsettled People (2000). Awards for her work include the ESB National media Award, Print Journalist of the Year 2000, Feature Writer of the Year 2002 and Amnesty International (Irish section) Print Journalist of the Year 2001. 

In 2010 she was shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart Biggs award for her book, "Bear in Mind These Dead". Susan writes for The Irish Times and the Irish News and is a regular contributor to news and arts programmes on RTE and the BBC. She has also written for The Guardian and The Washington Post, was formerly the Northern Editor of the Sunday Tribune, and has made several television documentaries. Her articles appear in several anthologies, including The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing. 

Before becoming a journalist, she was the director of a centre for young and unemployed people in Sligo, and before that, a founder member of the Belfast Rape Crisis Centre where she worked for several years. Susan is from Derry. 

The Galway BPW Club are delighted to have such an esteemed speaker for their Annual event. 

For enquiries regarding bookings please contact Attracta Real on 087 290 1575 or Joanne Murphy on 087 6658664 or log on to 


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