Staying #AStepAhead Network Ireland Celebrating International Women's Day

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Network Ireland is urging women to advance their careers by prioritising their wellbeing this International Women’s Day. Their national event, which takes place at Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny next month, will feature contributions from female leaders in business, media and psychology to help women plot a course to careers that are both successful and sustainable.

Among the speakers on the day is best-selling author of The Burnout Solution, Siobhán Murray, whose practical strategies are designed to help overcome burnout and thrive in today’s fast-paced world. Sports psychologist Dr Ciara Losty will draw on her experience working with Olympians to offer tips on dealing with setbacks as well as mental conditioning for peak performance.

In the keynote session, Oscar-nominated director Nora Twomey will trace her route from factory production line to working alongside Angelina Jolie in the Hollywood dream factory as co-founder of acclaimed animation studio, Cartoon Saloon. Áine Ní Chaoildealbhain, MD Virgin Media and Anne Marie Tierney-Le Roux, Senior Vice President Enterprise Technology at IDA Ireland will also participate in discussions throughout the day.

Network Ireland President, Linda Codoul chose ‘A Step Ahead’ as the theme for her presidency and says her programme for IWD will help women to progress: “Whether it’s juggling care demands or dealing with imposter syndrome, women sometimes need a little extra support in their careers. This International Women’s Day we, along with our inspirational speakers, are aiming to offer women a toolkit they can use in their daily lives to make sure that career success doesn’t come at the expense of wellbeing.

By building resilience, we hope to help women excel in their chosen walk of life.”

Speaking at the launch of the International Women’s Day programme, AIB’s Geraldine Casey, MD Retail Banking said: “AIB is delighted to be part of Network Ireland’s International Women’s Day event once again. We have always backed women in business and are delighted to sponsor this year’s programme which will aid women in building and progressing their careers, while supporting those around them.”

This year, Kilkenny will host the Network Ireland’s national events for the very first time and the Local Enterprise Office are co-sponsors. At the launch, Kilkenny LEO representative Aileen McGrath said: “Kilkenny is looking forward to welcoming the energy and enthusiasm of Network Ireland to the county. The spirit of enterprise is alive and well here and we are excited to support the synergies that hosting the Network will bring.”

Members from Network Ireland’s 17 branches will gather for the conference in Kilkenny on Friday, March 8th and non-members are also very welcome. Registration closes on Friday, March 1st with early bird rates available until this Friday, February 23rd. For more details and to register, go to

Lyrath Estate and Kilkenny Local Enterprise Office are co-sponsors of the International Women’s Day event, while AIB is Network Ireland’s official partner. Specsavers are the gifting partner. There will also be a fundraising drive on the day for this year’s charity partner The Rise Foundation, which supports families impacted by a loved one’s addictive behaviour through awareness, education and therapy.

Pictured: Network Ireland President, Linda Codoul (front centre) with Emma Jane Eaton, Lyrath Estate (top left), Belinda Kelly, AIB (middle right) and Aileen McGrath, Kilkenny County Council Local Enterprise Office (bottom left). (Image: Patrick Browne).