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Why Resilience is the Key Theme for our Women of the Year Awards 2021

Resilience is our key theme and will inform all aspects of our awards season, from how we gather, to whom we award, to how we tell the story of Irish women today. 

We’re back! Now in the twenty-first year, the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards represent the original and best-respected platform for female achievement in Ireland. Here, Irish Tatler editor Jessie Collins shares the details of this year’s event. 

The Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards were first staged in 2002, and no other forum has recognised Irish women’s achievements so comprehensively.

Not only have our awards championed female excellence, they have sparked important conversations about Irish women’s place in society, the workplace and the world. Our winners have led countries, global movements and more - they are activists, philanthropists, creative forces and entrepreneurs.

Over 200 women have received an Irish Tatler Woman of the Year award, and this year we have another important reason to celebrate as the awards themselves reach a milestone. 

Twenty-First Anniversary

We are 21 years young. With this coming of age, we have a new look, new award categories and a new focus.

We have witnessed how the pandemic has pushed female progress several steps backwards, and we know 2021’s awards must address this issue.

Resilience is therefore our key theme, and will inform all aspects of our awards season, from how we gather, to whom we award, to how we tell the story of Irish women today. 

Be part of this conversation - and make your support to Irish women felt - by joining us in print, online, on social, and at the Shelbourne Hotel on Saturday, November 13th

The Awards

Irish Tatler’s Women of '21 awards ceremony takes place in the Great Room at the Shelbourne Hotel on Saturday, November 13th

A specially conceived menu by Shelbourne head chef Garry Hughes will be accompanied by fine wines and delicious Cointreau cocktails as the winners of the 2021 awards are revealed. 

Our event is at reduced capacity, with a keen focus on safety. To attend, or to enquire about booking a table, please see

The Categories 

Business, in partnership with Boots
Rewarding an individual or individuals who have exemplified business brilliance in 2021. 


This award recognises entrepreneurial imagination and the follow-through to create change. 

The Industry Award 

A new award, nominated by the industry and awarded to a female mid-senior level manager who has demonstrated remarkable tenacity in 2021. Nominate yourself, or a colleague, HERE.

Fashion, in partnership with M&S

Synonymous with Irish Tatler, the Fashion award is a coveted accolade - previous awardees include Simone Rocha and Louise Kennedy. 

Film & Drama 

Awarded to a woman making waves on screen or on the boards. 

Art & Design 

A new award for 2021, this category recognises women who have excelled in the creative industries. 


Previous winners of the Music Award include Denise Chaila and Roisin Murphy. 


An award focussed on Irish women making global impacts. 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)
This award spotlights women of achievement in the STEM subjects. 


Pioneering women in journalism and broadcasting form the shortlist of this award. 


Our constant award category for 21 years, the Woman of 2021 Literature Award will be as hotly contested as before. 

Public Life 

Awarded to a woman who has used earned influence to promote civic interests. 

The Catalyst Award 

An important category, recognising a woman who has effected change in Irish society. 

The Woman of 2021 Award 

Our overall winner for this year.

We can't wait to share the winners of the 2021 awards, and have a special thanks to express to our event partners Cointreau, Boots, Marks & Spencer, each brands that truly believe in supporting women.

Stay with us on as we’ll be sharing more exciting updates around this year’s event in the coming weeks.