Four creatives sitting in a circle discussing creativity.

Crafting a conversation

This St Brigid’s Day, we brought together four dynamic creatives for a conversation on how female voices and perspectives contribute uniquely to the creative landscape in Ireland in 2024.

The discussion also touches on the historical and cultural significance of St Brigid and gives an insight into the importance of community, storytelling and creativity in Irish culture and society.

Meet the creatives

Ailbhe Keane – Co-founder of Izzy Wheels

Founded by Irish sisters Ailbhe and Izzy Keane, Izzy Wheels is a company that designs stylish wheel covers for wheelchairs.

In 2016, Ailbhe chose to design a range of removable wheel covers that matched her sister's colourful style. The idea was inspired by Izzy, who was born with Spina Bifida and has always seen her wheelchair as a symbol of freedom but never felt it expressed her personality.

“Storytelling is such a massive part of being Irish…Every single design that we create tells a story.”

Alison Conneely – Designer and Creative Director

Alison Conneely is an award winning designer and creative director. Her most recent collaboration with the United Nation’s Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), HAIL THEE: We Come in Reveries of Change, launched in September 2022 to critical acclaim.

“Ireland was a very barren landscape without the female voice coming to the fore…the female voice is essential for a thriving society.”

Sara O’Neill – Artist and Designer

Sara O’Neill is an artist and designer whose work has been featured in countless magazines, on red carpets, and major billboard and television campaigns. She was shortlisted as 'Designer of the Year' in the prestigious Irish Fashion Innovation Award in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

“Key to our creativity is the landscape and the stories.”

Grace Enemakua – Illustrator, Co-Founder DesignOpp

Grace Enemakua is an Irish-Nigerian, award-winning, multidisciplinary illustrator. She is also co-founder of DesignOpp, an Institute of Designers in Ireland initiative that champions diversity for People of Colour in the Irish design and creative industry.

“St Brigid’s Day has brought into perspective the importance of women, our place in society and female creatives especially.”