Project Description

International Women’s Day
“Na Gúnaί Álainn” (“The Beautiful Dresses)

The Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival is celebrating International Women’s Day with an exhibition titled “Na Gúnaί Álainn” – The Beautiful Dresses.  The dresses on display are from the women of the peninsula. They include stunning wedding dresses, First Communion dresses, christening gowns, Irish Dancing costumes, vintage dresses and accessories and a very interesting Item from Granny’s trousseau.

Irish Haute Couture Exhibition
“A woman should show her curves not her joints” is a quote often contributed to Sybil Connolly.
Do you remember Sybil Connolly, Irene Gilbert …members of The Irish Haute Couture Group? We have an exhibition highlighting their contribution to Irish and International fashion.

And talking about curves we are delighted to say that whether you’re looking for stylish and sexy or comfortable and practical bras, a lady from the lingerie department in Marks and Spencer’s will be in attendance to offer advice and bra fitting.
As Christian Dior said “Without foundations there can be no fashion”

Peig McManus has written one of her humorous and witty stories especially for the day and will be reading it.

We have a light afternoon tea and an opportunity to do an art activity with your child led by local artist Marese Murphy

Each year we have celebrated International Women’s Day it has been a celebration of the Women of the Peninsula – Mnά na Leithinse.
This year, local artist Anita Foley has created a special painting for our poster. It shows the  beautiful woman of the peninsula with flora and fauna in her hair  St. Ita’s Hospital, which played such an important role in the lives of the peninsula is portrayed. The sea lapping on a sandy beach. (Photos for posters courtesy of Alain Rochecouste)

We hope that you will join us in celebrating our own Mnά na Leithinse.