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Newry Chamber International Women’s Day Celebration Lunch at Killeavy Castle Estate

It was an amazing day on Friday 8th March at our International Women’s Day Celebration Lunch in the beautiful surroundings of Killeavy Castle Estate kindly sponsored by Southern Regional College and KPMG and hosted by our MC, Deborah Loughran.

The demand for tickets for this now annual event which is in its fifth year is incredible and we were delighted to have over 200 guests in attendance.

It was a fantastic afternoon from start to finish with an inspirational address from our President, Edwina Flynn and our Keynote Speakers, Broadcaster & Journalist, Dearbhail McDonald and Trailblazing Model, Kate Grant.

We were also honoured to be joined by four incredible local businesspeople for our panel discussion about how we can inspire inclusion and accelerate progress in the workplace and society.

  • Marie Farrell, Tax Director, KPMG Ireland
  • Lee Campbell, Interim CEO, Southern Regional College
  • Brian Reid, Founder & CEO, DELI LITES Ireland
  • Feargal McCormack, Managing Partner, FPM

Thanks to all the local businesses who provided prizes for our charity raffle which together with the sale of a one-off piece of art painted live at the event by Artist, Frankie Bannon raised £3,000 for our Charity Partners, Women’s Aid Armagh Down and Autism Families Community Support Group.

An event of this scale takes so many people working together and we would like to thank the following:

  • MC: Deborah (King) Loughran, KingCommunication
  • Sound & AV: Dara McCoy, DMC Events
  • Drinks Reception: Mourne Dew Distillery
  • Best Dressed: Shelly’s Dress Hire & Buttercrane
  • Live Painting: Frankie Bannon, Studio Twenty Three
  • Music: Niamh Noade – The Girl With The Harp
  • Room Design: EPIC Events Ltd
  • Photography: Colum Lynch Photography
  • Goody Bags: Jack Murphy Jewellers, S&W Wholesale, Zen Orthodontics, McKeevers Chemists, Shelly’s Dress Hire and Local Women Magazine