When and where is it on?

The event will take place from the 26th – 28th April in Kilcooly’s Country House Hotel in Ballybunion.

How many years has it been going?

The conference is entering its seventh year.

What was the inspiration to start it?

The event was inspired by two women with strong links to Ballybunion, the late?Mary Cummins, Irish Times journalist and the late Joan Kennelly, founder and editor of Kerry’s Eye Newspaper.

The event celebrates the lifetime achievements of strong influential women who have shaped the Irish media landscape, and also brings together influential journalists, broadcasters, corporate leaders and politicians for a series of talks looking at the challenges faced by women working in the public life.

 What exciting things can people look forward to?

Attendees can look forward to interesting talks and engaging panel discussions on topics such as: ‘Women in STEM’, ‘The Future of Social Media’, as well as gain insights from bestselling authors. Guests can also look forward to a Gala dinner on Saturday 27th, where the annual award ceremony will take place.

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

Attendees have the opportunity to network with influential people in the industry, as well as hear the latest thinking in journalism and social media. Attendees will also be involved in discussions around wider issues affecting Irish society such as Brexit and Ireland’s housing crisis.

Who will be speaking?

Speakers include Mairead McGuinness MEP, Bertie Ahern, Miriam O’Callaghan, Justine McCarthy and Katie Hannon, to name just a few.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

As it is a weekend long event, guests are advised to consult the programme to make the most out of the event and ensure they can attend all of the panel discussions and talks they are interested in.

The programme can be found at: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/ff881f_ee61ef58c2784ed59aae3f02a2d5f266.pdf

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Tickets can be purchased online at: https://www.womeninmediaballybunion.com/online-store

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

This year also sees the introduction of a new category, the Social Media/Influencer award which recognises excellence in using new media platforms for good and the impact the influencer has in creating online discourse.


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