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  • Monday, 04 December 2017

Mayo Rape Crisis Centre is delighted to announce that nominations are now open for Mayo`s Inspirational Woman Award 2017. The award will be presented at our Nollaig na mBan Lunch which this year we are delighted to say will be held in the Westport Country Lodge on Saturday Janiary 6th 2018. This year`s Award will be presented by our Guest Speaker Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabhain. This is also a fundraising event to support the work of MRCC. Our 2016 Award Recipent Marina Tuffy, one of a community of 17 Inspirational Women nominated since 2014, was nominated becasue of the sterling personal work she has done on behalf of LGBT youth and community and those living with Suicial thinking.

To "Inspire" is to "give rise to, a feeling, an ability, an urge to do something and to fill up" There are many, many inspiring women in all our lives. The MRCC has for many years witnessed hunderds of Inspiring Women, who come to the Centre to face the hurts and pain that they have experienced and caused them distress in many different ways. Hurts from long ago and hurts that are more recent. Many of the women, who use the Centre, go back to their communitites, families, workplaces, schools and localities and offer vigilance and support to others in so many creative and unseen ways. This award was inspired by the clients of the Centre down through the yeras. So we are asking the people of Mayo to think about the women in our lives, the women who fill us up, who make us feel good, and whyo give us energy or hope. This is an opportunity to acknowledge and notice those women.

The process if you would like to nominate someone is done initially by asking the Nominee you are considering for permission to nominate her. You then write in 200 words or less who you want to nominate this woman, how she has inspired you etc and send this by post to Mayo Inspirational Woman Award 2017, MRCC, Newtown, Castlebar, Co. Mayo or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The initial nominations witht he words of the nominator will be posted on the MRCC Fundraising Page. Once the initial Nomination has been recieved the centre will be in touch with you to validate the nomination. The closing date for the nominations is 20th December 2017. A shortlist will be drawn up byt he Judges who are completely independent of MRCC and whose decision is final. Each nominee will be invited to join us at our luncheon event. Mayo`s Inspirational Woman Award is sponsored by Sports Clinic West. The rules for the Nomiunations are available on and on request from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is the first time the Centre has held their fundraising event in Westport so we are really hoping that the women of the area will support us by buying a ticket and joining us for what is a very special way of marking Nollaig na mBan while also the women in their lives. Tickets for the event are available at Westport Country Lodge Hotel, through the Mayo RCC on 094 9025657 or from the committee on 087 1770478


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