Colette Cowan speaks at International Women’s Day event

Colette Cowan speaks at International Women’s Day event



Collete Cowan pictured with students and Jill Storey, Villiers School Headmistress.

A Limerick secondary school hosted an International Women’s Day event yesterday that was address by the CEO of University of Limerick Hospitals Group Ms Collete Cowan.

The event at Villiers School in Limerick City was a celebration of women who have surpassed the gender boundaries to step into and be successful in ‘male dominated’ roles.

The school secured several speakers including Irish business woman of the year and Chair of Shannon Group plc Rose Hynes who is also the only female chairperson of an Irish stock exchange company.

Other speakers included Dr Wynette Redington, Academic & Researcher and the only female Academic on the UL governing body; Prof Colette Cowan, CEO of UL Hospitals Group; Niamh Briggs, captain of Ireland women’s rugby team and Ms. Judi Curtin, successful children’s author.

Collete Cowan said: “I was delighted to be invited to speak at Villiers School today to celebrate International Women’s Day with the staff and lovely pupils of the school. The theme for International Women’s Day this year is ‘Be bold for change’, I would certainly encourage all young girls to be bold, have the courage of their convictions and to  look inward and see what it is they really want to do when choosing a career.

It is so important to enjoy what you do in life and to try and make a difference. Also strength has no gender, I believe men and women need to work together to drive things forward which is what we strive to do every day at UL Hospitals Group,’ Ms Cowan added.



Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.