Áine Fealy, Gaisce Gold Awardee
Here is what Áine had to say about her experience:
“When I got the invitation from Gaisce to represent them at Dáil Éireann for International Women’s Day, I just knew it was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. There are so many women in my life, both professionally and personally, that are extremely inspirational and extremely powerful, and for that reason International Women’s Day has always been a day that felt very close to my heart.
I really didn’t know what to expect on that day. I didn’t really know what I was going into exactly, but it was an incredibly amazing experience just sitting beside all these women coming from all these different walks of life. It was incredibly educational listening to the different speeches and listening to the different challenges they’ve had to overcome to get to where they are today. It was especially educational listening to the different female leaders, and whenever they were discussing the different challenges, the daily challenges that they had to overcome, working in an area where females weren’t represented, it was extremely educational listening to them and recognising how far we’ve come.
Overall, it was just an extremely educational, empowering and amazing day. I’m honestly so grateful and so proud to have been part of such a historical event.”