Women: Culture & Wellbeing

We are living in turbulent times. 2018 will be the watershed year remembered for movements and moments like #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Ibelieveher #Trustwomen. If, as Oprah points out, “speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have” then 2018 is the year we witnessed a tsunami of truth telling around systematic abuses of power across the cultural spectrum.
So where are we now and what does the future look like for women? What other tools do we need to rebuild a healthy culture where multiple truths and perspectives can be tolerated and embraced? How do we take care of ourselves and each other? How do we find a way forward? This conversation will be hosted by Louise McSharry. Guests include Andrea Horan, Sarah Durcan and Mari Kennedy.

Louise McSharry is a broadcaster and journalist from Dublin. She can be heard on RTE 2fm on Sunday to Thursday nights, as well as on her RTE podcast No Filter, which features conversations with extraordinary women. Her writing has appeared in The Irish Times, The Sunday Business Post, Buzzfeed.com, The Pool.co.uk and TheJournal.ie among other places. Her book Fat Chance was published by Penguin in 2016.

Horan is an entrepreneur; a communicator; a glitter activist and sometimes drag queen. Following ten years spent in Youth Communications Agency Thinkhouse, her next move was to open nail bar Tropical Popical in 2012. Tropical Popical has provided her with the platform to flex her interest in art with collaborations with the RHA and the National Gallery of Ireland. It has also allowed her to do the type of work that’s most important to her and that she most enjoys – meeting locals within a kitsch & creative space. She was awarded Stellar’s Best Irish Founder award in 2016.
Andrea celebrates her belief in the three F’s – feminism, femininity and fun – through Tropical Popical and her not-for-profit venture The Hunreal Issues.  Established to try and mobilise the army of women who felt apathetic towards politics in general and reproductive rights in particular, the project aims to throw glitter on the subject of Repeal without minimizing the issue ahead of the referendum on the 25th May.
In December 2017 Andrea gave a TEDx talk on the subject of ‘Escaping the Economy of More’.  More recently she’s joined forces with Irish Times journalist Una Mullally to start podcasting with Don’t Stop Repealin which topped the iTunes charts in its first week.


Sarah Durcan is the Global Operations Manager of Science Gallery International. Formerly Executive Producer The Corn Exchange Theatre Company, General Manager of Dublin Theatre Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival. As a consultant advisor Sarah worked with ARCANE Collective Dance Company and Theatre Lovett on their international tours. She holds a BA in Communications from DCU and an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from UCD. She has served on the boards of Theatre Forum and GAZE Film Festival, and currently on the board of the Abbey Theatre. She was one of key organisers of the #WakingTheFeminists campaign to achieve gender equality in Irish theatre by 2021.

Teacher, inquirer, wisdom seeker, change maker Mari Kennedy is a Leadership coach, Organisational Development Consultant, Integral Facilitator, Yoga and Mindfulness teacher. For the past 14 years she has exploring and experimenting with what it means to live a full and meaningful life as a woman in the 21st century.  She spent two decades as manager and strategist before stepping off the corporate ladder to pick up her passion –personal, organisational and societal change and evolution. In her personal coaching practice, she works exclusively with women. She is currently curious and excited about overlapping and common patterns of beliefs and behaviours she is seeing in women (including herself) through her work. Her creative projects include Census of The Heart and the Ireland: Iceland project.

Grace Dyas is an artist and an activist from Dublin. She is a member of THEATREclub. Recent work includes NOT AT HOME, We Don’t Know What’s Buried Here, I’m not here, ITS NOT OVER, The Ireland Trilogy (The Family, HEROIN, HISTORY) and The Game.