TRANSITION Year students from Listowel's Presentation Convent Secondary spoke movingly of the influence in their lives of their mothers and grandmothers in one of the highlights of a massive women's gathering in St John's on Thursday.
International Women's Day was celebrated in the theatre with over 100 women from north Kerry and beyond gathering together to pay tribute to influential women and to highlight their contribution to society.
"I suppose one of the highlights for me was hearing from the transition year students," organiser Dee Keogh said. "They spoke very movingly and it was great to hear so many of them recognising the great qualities of their mothers and grandmothers."
The event grew out of the work of the Equality for Women Measure programme - a North and East Kerry Development scheme run by Dee Keogh. While its funding has been cut, the NEKD has committed to the Women's Strategy for the area, Ms Keogh said.
"Our celebration was very much based on the directive for the day from the National Women's Council, which asked women to emphasise three C words: Celebrate, Connect and Commit. We did this by placing a lot of emphasis on the women of north Kerry in particular, although the day did feature a lot of international aspects as well with friends from as far as Africa and Romania joining us in St John's."
St John's was looking splendid for the event with a range of beautiful artworks on display - not least stained glass by Tralee artist Mary J Leen who said that the event was a very important occasion for local women and one she was delighted to be associated with. Trees will soon be planted in Listowel, Tralee and Castleisland inscribed with special plaques celebrating women of influence from the region.