Meitheal na mBan is an inspirational and empowering series of online concerts led by Ireland’s top female musicians and artists as they perform directly from their own homes, in a much-needed fundraiser to support the victims of domestic abuse. For many women at this difficult time, has left them and their children in great danger. The threat looms largest where they should be safest – in lockdown in their own homes.

Responding generously to this vital need, some of our most visible female talent will reach musically across the virtual divide to stand with those who are at their most vulnerable at this time. The second programme of the sereis will broadcast on TG4’s YouTube channel on Wednesday the 27thth of May at 9.30pm. Click here to watch or set reminder. This week’s show include performances from Mary Black, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Róisín O. 

Donations can be made online to or by texting the word ACTION to 50300 to donate €4*

Those directly affected by domestic abuse should contact 1800 341 900, Women’s Aid’s 24-hour National Free Phone Helpline.

The series will be presented by Ciara Ní É, a spoken word poet, and broadcaster. As well as acting as Bean an Tí, Ciara will also perform a specially commissioned spoken word piece entitled Céim ar Chéim about the impact of domestic violence during lockdown. Several select performances from the series will also be broadcast as a one-off TV special to air on TG4 later in the Summer.

1 in 4 women in Ireland experience domestic abuse with the problem surging globally during lockdown. An Garda Síochána has seen an increase of 25% of call outs during Covid19 and Women’s Aid has experienced an increase of 60% in calls to the National Freephone Helpline in recent weeks. Now the services of Women’s Aid are needed more than ever.