Herstory’ lights up Athlone Castle!

To celebrate St. Brigid’s Day on February 1st, the ‘Herstory’ Light Show by Dodeca illuminated historic landmarks across the country, including Athlone Castle, in honour of Mother and Baby Homes’ victims, heroes and heroines of the Covid-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter, and other heroic women.

The founder of Herstory, Melanie Lynch, has paid tribute to women across the world while calling for St. Brigid’s Day to be made a national holiday.

She said: “Women’s achievements and struggles have been lost in the shadows for too long, resulting in global inequality and a regression of women’s rights. That’s why Herstory is harnessing the alchemical power of light, to celebrate women and equality, spotlight inequality, and create visions for a World of Equals”.

Ireland’s historic sites were lit up last weekend by portraits of Mother and Baby Homes’ survivors by Karen Morgan, powerful haiku poetry by Laura Murphy, and thought-provoking art from the ‘Stay With Me’ show curated by activist Rachael Keogh and journalist Alison O’ Reilly.

A specially commissioned photographic series created by photographer Myriam Riand and conceptual artist Áine O’Brien also featured in the tribute.