The Ban Righ Centre: a safe, welcoming space and resource centre.
We assist women of all ages, especially those who are returning to university after a time away, to continue formal or informal education in an atmosphere where you will meet others with similar experiences and concerns with informed, supportive staff.
The Ban Righ Centre offers its services without charge or membership.
The Ban Righ Foundation supports the programs and activities of the Ban Righ Centre. The Centre provides a warm environment for women from diverse backgrounds to find community, practical, personal and financial support in an informal setting prepared to meet their particular needs. This environment supports academic endeavour, encourages mutuality and equality, and nurtures and respects women.
The Ban Righ Centre is an example of the spirit of community outreach that is an integral part of Queen’s past, present, and future vision. It serves as an example of what a university can do for its members as well as for the surrounding community.
How do you pronounce Ban Righ and what does it mean?
The right pronunciation is “Ban Ree”. To understand the meaning, you must know that names are ancient tools. So very often a name is in itself important. History has offered the name, Ban Righ, a feminine flavour with as much significance today as it had millenia ago in the Celtic culture of Scotland and Ireland. Ban Righ is old Scottish Gaelic. The Irish would be Bean Rí. Both the Scottish and Irish words would be pronounced alike.
There is an implicit royalty in the name, Ban Righ. This is found in the naming of a Queen, such as Queen Elizabeth. She would be called ‘an Banrion Eilis’ or ‘Eilis Banrion’. Ban Righ is a complex of two names. Ban is the nominative for woman, meaning all and every woman. The other word is Righ or Rí. This means sovereign or monarch. It also means ‘of Right’ or ‘enthronement’. So one would put the two words together to get ‘the sovereign woman’ or ‘the elite woman’. Historically there would also have been an implied meaning of Ban Righ or Ban Rí, as educated woman. Many words and phrases in the old Celtic world had implied meanings. Ban Righ would be one such term. The early pioneering families would have been quite familiar with this state of affairs of double meanings in their native languages.
Those educated in the Celtic world were always part of the ruling classes. Education was revered by the Druids and those who came after them. The Book of Kells was born from this kind of society. The old Celtic world was a matriarchal one and so, Ban Righ was and is a very special name. It is applicable even in these modern times to those who follow the furrow of education. These women are the true elite. As the old saying goes, educate a woman and you will as a matter or course have educated children. These children will in turn mold a better future for mankind.
23, November 2004 – Diana Beresford Kroeger for the Ban Righ Centre
Where is the Ban Righ Centre?
32 Bader Lane (formerly Queen’s Cres.)
between Stirling Hall and Ban Righ Hall Residence
Queen’s University which is Situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory