Cork County Council’s Library and Arts Service Celebrates International Women’s Day 2024

Library bookshleves with red chairs

Cork County Council will host a series of events to mark this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) which takes place on Friday the 8th of March. Libraries throughout the county will host special events celebrating and supporting women, as well as book and information displays in branches.

Several libraries will present International Women’s Day story-time sessions for primary schools, as well as marking the day with their local book clubs, knitting circles and creative writing groups. To encourage new writers to get involved, two creative writing workshops on the art of writing ‘flash fiction’ will be held in Charleville and Dunmanway Libraries. Kinsale and Carrigaline Libraries will host Intergenerational Music and Dance Workshops for grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters, and other children. More Healthy Ireland events include a “Nutrition for Menopause” talk with registered dietician Aoife McDonald at Midleton and Fermoy Libraries.

The third annual IWD Flash Fiction short story competition will also be launched. Themed “Together”, entries are open to adults only and can be submitted in both Irish and English by March 31st. Details and entry forms are available at your local library or at the link below.

Welcoming International Women’s Day and the opportunity to celebrate gender equality, Cllr Eileen Lynch, Chair of Cork County Council’s Women’s Caucus said “This year’s theme “Inspire Inclusion” is particularly reflective of Cork County Council’s work to ensure their services are inclusive and welcoming to all, such as our libraries being awarded Age Friendly status. Initiatives such as no membership fees, and My Open Library seek to make our Library Service more accessible, inclusive and welcoming to everyone”.

For more information, check out your local library branch for events and booking details or email