Groups from all over the north-west took park in the Foyle Women’s Information Network’s ‘Herstory’ project which saw a trip to explore the 1711 witch trials in Islandmagee as well as a showing of the ‘Bad Bridget’ exhibition that profiles the hidden histories of ‘bad’ women such as Irish serial killer Lizzie Halliday from who tormented the streets of New York City in the 1890s.

Culminating in a gala event at the Maldron Hotel on 11th December 2019, women from Galliagh Women’s Group, CAW Nelson Drive, An Culturlann, Lisnagelvin, Strabane and Lifford Development Centre, Tullyally Women’s Group, The Rainbow Project as well as Anne Crilly and guest speaker Dr Lisa Fitzpatrick from Ulster University enjoyed a fascinating evening exploring the histories of women who have inspired them. From Princess Diana to Strabane-born astronomer Annie Maunder, the audience were treated to a diverse and eclectic showcase of women’s histories.

Dr Maeve O’Brien, programme co-ordinator of the Herstory Project said: “This project, and the women whose lives we have profiled, shows that women’s histories – whether of ‘bad’ or ‘good’ women – are alive and well in the minds of women in our community.

The showcase tonight shows that women in the north-west have a treasure trove of stories to tell. These stories that should be written down and recorded to ensure that the lives of all remarkable women – including our own - are never forgotten”.

Funding for the ‘Herstory’ project has been provided by the Community Relations Council Northern Ireland.