Rhoda Twombly will speak at the ‘Women and the Sea’ symposium about the vital roles that women play in sustaining island life and communities. She will highlight examples of women who have worked to improve life on the islands. Rhoda previously lived on Inish Mór, Galway where she owned and ran Joe Watty’s Bar. Eighteen years ago she moved to her partner’s home island of Inishlyre in Clew Bay. She is secretary of Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann/Ireland’s Islands Federation and The Mayo Islands Committee, representing Islanders locally, nationally and at a European level. Rhoda also writes short stories and poetry inspired by Island life.