What’s On in February or March

Brigidfest, Adventure Before Dementia (musical), Irish Congress, Durban, The Quiet Girl, Adelaide Fringe and Writers’ Week

12 February 2023: Brigidfest

Féile Bríde 2023 – Special 20th Anniversary Event

When: Sunday, 12 February 2023
12.00pm – 4.00pm
Where: Batman’s Hill on Collins, 623 Collins St, Melbourne 

This event is fully booked.

Guest speaker Dorothy Hisgrove, National Managing Partner, People & Inclusion, KPMG and Vice President Essendon Football Club.

150 Years to Gender Parity. We Need More Than the Patience of a Saint to Close the Gap!
Throughout her career, Dorothy has been a champion for gender equity in the workplace. As the first female member of the AFL executive with P&L accountability and having worked to get a seat at boardroom tables across several sectors, she will share her firsthand experience of the systemic and societal challenges facing women and her acute awareness of what needs to be done.

Dorothy will examine the impediments to women’s economic progress both here and in Ireland and explore what reforms are urgently needed, especially in the current global crisis, to accelerate narrowing the gender gap.

About the Speaker
Dorothy is currently National Managing Partner, People & Inclusion at KPMG Australia; a member of the Executive leadership team and leads people and performance strategy for a workforce of 12,500.
Dorothy is a trusted adviser to board and executive management on leadership, strategic workforce planning, culture and business performance. She has held senior executive roles across several sectors leading the large scale transformation in complex business environments.
In previous roles, she was a Partner and Chief People Officer at PwC Australia; General Manager, People, Customer & Community at the AFL, General Manager, Culture, Change & Communications at Australia Post; and General Manager, People, Culture, Diversity & Change at National Australia Bank. 
Bookings at Trybooking.  Might be worth trying for the wait-list.

Adventure Before Dementia

5 March 2023

A New Musical by Louey Hesterman, Felix Meagher and Cyril Moran 


Exciting new musical with music/songs by Louey Hesterman, script by Meagher, with additional lyrics Cyril Moran

Tickets www.trybooking.com/CDIQX

Featuring Michael Young, Roisin O’Neill, Cora Browne, Matt Hadgraft, Luci Barratt with musicians Louey Hesterman, Cyril Moran and Felix Meagher

Global Irish Diaspora Congress 2023 Durban, South Africa

The Global Irish Diaspora Congress which was scheduled for July 2020 will now be held from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 23 July 2023 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, with Saturday being devoted to a whole day bus trip to the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields.

Abstracts of papers that were already accepted for the 2020 conference remain in the proposed programme, and we are aware that this may not be a feasible option for some participants. Also there is an opportunity for submissions of new abstracts. The local Durban organising Committee will be in touch with all those whose papers were accepted for the 2020 congress and we would ask you to spread the word among colleagues and those who may be interested in submitting a proposal for the rescheduled congress. 

1.     Anyone interested in presenting a paper should send an extract to Professor Donal McCracken, the Chair of the local organising committee  at mccrackend@ukzn.ac.za   There will be a quick turnaround for proposals as the programme was already in place for 2020 so it should only involve tweaking the original programme. The closing date for new submissions for review is Monday March 13th 2023 @ 17:00 GMT.

For further details see


The Quiet Girl An Cailín Ciúin on SBS

Directed by Colm Bairéad, The Quiet Girl has been nominated in the Best International Feature Film category for the 95th Academy Awards to be held on March 12. If you missed it on its movie theatre rounds, you can catch it on Australian TV. The Quiet Girl has been added to the movie selection on Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service SBS On Demand https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/

Adelaide Fringe and Writers’ Week

Locals and visitors to Adelaide will be delighted that Adelaide’s Mad March is back again. Mad March starts with the Adelaide Fringe that runs from 17 February to 19 March. Irish artists in this year’s Fringe include comedians Jimeoin and Joanne McNally (see https://adelaidefringe.com.au/).

Still free, Adelaide’s easily accessible Writers’ Week also returns. Irish writers promoted so far include John Banville, John Boyne, Dervla McTiernan and Fintan O’Toole