Photo by Athlone Castle
On the 31st January, Athlone Castle featured in the 2021 Herstory Light Show celebrating St. Brigid’s Day
To celebrate St. Brigid’s Day, the Herstory Light Show by Dodeca illuminated iconic landmarks across Ireland on Sunday 31st January and Monday 1st February in honour of the Mother & Baby Homes victims; Coronavirus heroines and heroes, Black Lives Matter, Women who have Arrived, and Brigid’s of the World.
The first of February marks the beginning of Spring and the Celtic festival of Imbolc, once honoured as the feast of the goddess. Herstory called on the Irish public and our diaspora to sign the petition to make Brigid’s Day a national holiday and celebrate Ireland’s triple goddess and patron Saint Brigid equally to our world-renowned patron Saint Patrick.
From the shadows into the light, castles, cathedrals and historic sites were illuminated in honour of the mothers and children who suffered in the Mother & Baby Homes; featuring portraits of the survivors by Karen Morgan, powerful haiku poetry by Laura Murphy, and thought-provoking art from the Stay with Me Show curated by activist Rachael Keogh and journalist Alison O’ Reilly. A specially commissioned photographic series created by photographer Myriam Riand and conceptual artist Áine O’ Brien reclaims and reimagines the mother archetype that has been historically dictated and defined by Church and State. Now Mná na hÉireann are reclaiming our sovereignty, sexuality and spirituality.
The Herstory Light Show also featured a special tribute to the heroines and heroes of the pandemic: women and men who have battled the virus and the everyday heroes who have played a role in these challenging times including domestic violence services, teachers, farmers, shopkeepers, cleaners, bus-drivers, journalists, nurses, doctors, and more.
“Women’s achievements and struggles have been lost in the shadows for too long, resulting in global inequality and a regression of women’s rights. That’s why Herstory is harnessing the alchemical power of light, to celebrate women and equality, spotlight inequality, and create visions for a World of Equals.”- Melanie Lynch, Founder of Herstory
If you would like to watch this incredible and inspiring light show, just click on the link below: