Baroness May Blood MBE, Campaign Chair of the IEF, was special guest and keynote speaker at the annual breakfast hosted by the Irish American Partnership in Washington DC on Tuesday (08 January) to mark the traditional “Women’s Christmas”. Nollaig na mBan is held each year in January throughout Ireland to celebrate women’s leadership within the family and the wider world. May was invited as a leader with a positive impact on her community and beyond.
The breakfast brought together Congresswomen and -men, as well as prominent business and community leaders, at the University Club in Washington to hear Baroness Blood tell them about her life as a millworker and trades unionist who went on to become a community activist, member of the NI Women’s Coalition, and peer in the House of Lords. She said she was “An ordinary person who has had quite extraordinary opportunities.”
Norman Houston of the NI Bureau in Washington introduced May, who retired from Westminster last summer but who continues her community activism, including supporting and promoting integrated education.
Baroness Blood accepted a donation of $10,000 on behalf of the IEF, and told the audience:
“I want to thank you here today for your support for important projects in Ireland North and South, and in particular for your continuing support for integrated education in Northern Ireland.”
May met several IEF friends and donors during her stay in Washington DC and then travelled to New York where she joined IEF supporter Liam Neeson at a reception hosted by John Fitzpatrick, Chair of the American Ireland Fund.
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