Symbols of Hope – Event in Support of Ukrainian Refugees

Womanspirit Ireland has organized an event for this coming Sunday, May 22nd, to exchange cultural themes with Ukrainian Refugees and to raise funds for the 30,000 refugees who have already arrived in Ireland, and the many more expected. All donations will go to the group:  “IrelandforUkraine” to maximize the funding for Ukrainians in Ireland and those still in Ukraine.  

FAR is happy to note that one our regular contributors, Laura Shannon, is part of the program. The event will include stories, songs, poetry, beautiful Ukrainian embroideries, rich with symbols, and an opportunity to reflect on the brokenness of the situation that brings folks at this time.


Rosari Kingston Medical Herbalist and Ph.D Irish folklore, author of Ireland’s Hidden Medicine.

Nadia Tarnawsky Nadia studied Eastern European singing techniques, and taught Ukrainian village-style singing. She spent 2017 and 2018 in Ukraine as a recipient of a Fulbright award.

Mary Condren Feminist Theorist, Thealogian, and Brigit researcher.

Laura Shannon Researcher of traditional Eastern European women’s dances and textiles. Director of Ariadne Institute for the Study of Myth and Ritual

Pádraigin Ní Uallacháin Author of Hidden Ulster, musician, songwriter.

Ruth Marshall Storyteller, poet, crafter, author of Celebrating Irish Festivals.

Peggy Seeger Iconic folk singer, song-maker, activist and musical legend – ‘Oh How I Long for Peace’.

Mary Wallace Irish artist, drawing on Celtic tradition and Japanese influence.

The program will be using Microsoft Teams Live for the event, which enables simultaneous translations for several languages: Ukrainian, Russian, German, Spanish and French. For those who cannot attend on the night of the live event, you can still register and receive the recording afterward.  

To register for this event, follow the link: Also feel free to spread the word to your friends and networks. 

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