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BPW Candle Lighting 2016

BPW Galway is delighted to announce that our annual Candlelighting ceremony will take place on Friday 26th February in the Connacht Hotel, Dublin Road, Galway.

Booking is now open for what promises to be a very exciting evening. Tickets are €40 for members and €45 for guests.

You may book your tickets on Eventbrite


If you would like to make a payment directly to the BPW bank account please contact club treasurer Moyra McMahon on or myself on for bank account details.

The theme for this year's event is “Remembrance”

Liam Mac Uistín,- "We saw a vision" - Poem engraved on the stone monument in the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin.

"In the darkness of despair we saw a vision,
We lit the light of hope and it was not extinguished.
In the desert of discouragement we saw a vision.
We planted the tree of valour and it blossomed.
In the winter of bondage we saw a vision.
We melted the snow of lethargy and the river of resurrection flowed from it.
We sent our vision aswim like a swan on the river. The vision became a reality.
Winter became summer. Bondage became freedom and this we left to you as your inheritance.
O generations of freedom remember us, the generations of the vision"

Our speaker for the evening is Anne Marie Kennedy:

Anne Marie Kennedy, B.A. (1st) English & Celtic Civilization, Masters in Writing, (1st), from NUI Galway, is the winner of the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2014 and was shortlisted for the Irish Times New Writer/Hennessy Award 2015 and long listed for Short Story of the Year 2015.

Her prose and poetry has been published in ROPES, Blackheart Magazine, the Colony, the Manchester Review, the SHOp, Boyne Berries, the Galway Review, Irish Central and various others in Ireland and the UK. Her nonfiction essays are published in The New Hibernia Review, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Anne Marie has performed at Boyle Arts Festival, Yeats Society Sligo, Inis Writers, Galway Fringe Festival, Shorelines Arts Festival, Baffle Poetry Festival, Cúirt Internal Festival of Literature, Yeats’ 150th anniversary at Thoor Ballylee, Electric Picnic 2015 and the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

As a freelance writer, she contributes to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1 and Irish Music Magazine. Her Christmas 2015 essay for radio, was the highest recommended, on RTE 1 Playback, 02/01/2016

She also mentors students of English & Creative Writing at NUI Galway and facilitates writing workshops.

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