ANNUAL GALA DINNER TICKETS ON SALE NOW -- 14th October 2017 in Law Society

Collaborators 2016 Gala

The Irish Women Lawyers' Association, in collaboration with Law Society Skillnet and The Bar of Ireland, are delighted to announce that our Annual Women Celebrating Women Lawyers Gala Dinner will be held on 14th October 2017 in the Presidents' Hall, Law Society of Ireland.

Our night will begin with a Prosecco Drinks Reception in the Members' Lounge at 7pm, kindly sponsored by Eversheds Sutherland. This will be followed by dinner in the President's Hall at 8pm. 

We are delighted and honoured to announce that this year, the IWLA "Woman Lawyer of the Year" award will be awarded to Her Excellency Ambassador Patricia O'Brien.

Our keynote speaker will be Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, Chairperson NWCI.

We look forward to welcoming you to what promises to be a wonderful evening of fine dining and conversation.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW. Please click HERE to purchase your ticket: 

  • Non-Members: E85
  • Members & Associate members: E70
  • Members who are Trainees/Pupils/Law Students E50 (concession)

Please remember that the membership year ends in September 2017 and so everyone should ensure they renew their membership to avail of our member price! 

To join IWLA please click here.


Biography - 2017
Patricia O'Brien,
Ambassador of Ireland to France and to Monaco

Patricia O?Brien is currently the Ambassador of Ireland to France and to Monaco. From September 2013 to September 2017, she was the Ambassador of Ireland to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva. From August 2008 to September 2013, she was Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs of the United Nations.

She previously served as Legal Adviser to the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, Senior Legal Adviser to the Attorney General of Ireland and Ireland?s Legal Counsellor to the European Union in Brussels.

Earlier in her career Ms. O?Brien practiced law at the Irish Bar and at the Bar of British Columbia, Canada. She held academic positions at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Ms. O?Brien earned her law degrees in Trinity College, Dublin, the Kings Inns, Dublin, and the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is a member of the Irish Bar and of the Bar of England and Wales. She is a Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, London and a Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association (US). She is Vice-President of the Dublin University Law Society, a Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple, London and an Honorary Bencher of the Kings Inns, Dublin.


Biography 2017
Ellen O'Malley Dunlop
Chairperson of the National Women's Council of Ireland

Ellen is Adjunct Professor to the School of Law at the University of Limerick. She was the CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre for 10 years between 2006-2016. Previously she worked as a Psychotherapist for 24 years and was the first female President of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy. She is currently a member of the Board of Gaisce, The President?s Award, and is Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Legal Aid Board. For 22 years she has been Director of the Annual Bard Summer School Clare Island, Co. Mayo.