HUSBANDS, brothers, sons and boyfriends were abandoned in Listowel at the weekend as the womenfolk took their traditional treat that is Women's Christmas.
January 6 might be seen as something of a women's retreat after weeks of keeping house and home together over the festive season, on the other hand, it could be just an excuse for a girls' club party; either way, the ladies of Listowel hit town over not one, but two nights of the weekend this year.
"It was mightly," Horseshoe Bar and Restaurant owner Jerry Behan told The Kerryman. "We had two fantastic nights out of it on Saturday and Sunday and they really enjoyed it. You couldn't ask for better customers. The tradition of Women's Christmas is going from strength to strength every year and this has been one of the best years ever for it!"
It was mostly groups of friends who booked out the Horseshoe over the weekend - and it seems the ladies weren't thinking about the recession or any other party-pooping aspect of our current climate. "I think events like Women's Christmas are thriving due to the recession as people hold off all year to celebrate nights like it in style," Jerry said.
"It's really a Kerry and Cork tradition, something that was brought home to us by the reaction of customers we had in from Laois and Tipperary over the weekend. They couldn't believe how busy it was and said they'd never heard of Women's Christmas in their part of the country."
The Listowel Arms was also busy over the weekend and the festive atmosphere led to a fantastic night in the hotel, Patrice Hayes told The Kerryman.
"We were delighted with it. We had a lot of bookings and put on a special menu and dancing afterwards to Stevie Donegan. In fact all of Sunday was busy as a result of Women's Christmas as we seemed to have a lot of families in for lunch to mark it, followed by the meal that night. It was fantastic," Patrice said.