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‘It is the silence around it that’s the real enemy’ – meet the women behind Ireland’s menopause cafes

We talk to Irish women north and south on hosting menopause cafes — a safe, non-judgemental space where stories are shared and symptoms can be discussed

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Breeda Bermingham, who has set up menopause cafes in Waterford

Breeda Bermingham, who has set up menopause cafes in Waterford

Liz Wenden-Kerr and Anne McGale, who run them in the North

Liz Wenden-Kerr and Anne McGale, who run them in the North

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Breeda Bermingham, who has set up menopause cafes in Waterford

They are cafes but with something different on the menu. Drinking tea and eating cake are only part of what’s on offer. The main attraction is what’s up for discussion: the menopause.

Former public health nurse Breeda Bermingham, who lives in Co Waterford, first introduced the concept of cafes to discuss the menopause in 2019, but the pandemic put her plans to have a cafe in every county in the country on ice.


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