TESTAMENT TO THE WOMEN OF KERRY
THEY are dutiful wives, loving mothers, farm managers in their own right and much, much more besides, but human beings in their own right above all else.
The stoic nature of the average north Kerry woman was outlined in extraordinarily eloquent fashion in a production with a difference in St John's Theatre in Listowel on Friday night.
Heroines in Our Midst, the work of the Equality for Women Measure Group under Dee Keogh at North and East Kerry Development stunned its audience in an often emotional testament to the strength of the fairer sex in rural north Kerry.
It saw ten north Kerry women recount their own stories on stage in an incredibly brave performance.
"It was extraordinary," co-ordinator Dee Keogh said. "It came out of a workshop we did recently in which we all sat down and wrote a ten-minute piece about our lives.
"Some of the work was very powerful and really got to the heart of the place of women in our community and society. One woman told of how three of her brothers got to go to college and another brother got the farm while she just got to walk in and out of the house," Dee said.
Another outstanding part of the performance saw one of the members relate how they stood steadfastly, but quietly, by all their kith and kin and friends among the wider community through thick and thin - in a creative piece that seized the imagination of everyone.
Dee now hopes that the piece might be collected as a single volume and launched at Writers' Week next year.