Sunday 20 January 2019

Saturday night fever on Nollaig Na mBan

Sheila Fitzgerald

The centenary of the first time Irish women were allowed to vote fell on January 6 when females of all ages were out celebrating Women's Christmas throughout the country - symbolically highlighting the significant strides women in Ireland have made over the past 100 years. 

Indeed, women have somewhat hogged the headlines over the past few months between #metoo, the forthcoming referendum on the 8th Amendment, and the ever increasing rumbles regarding the gender pay gap. However, women parked all of these controversies for the celebrations on the 6th and The Corkman enjoyed meeting and chatting to them in various locations around North Cork during the evening. 

There were several groups of mothers and daughters catching up, with some travelling from West Cork, Dublin and even the UK to mark what has become an increasingly special event.  Work colleagues also got together to party and enjoy a final night out before getting back to routine following the Christmas festivities. 

There was talk of New Year resolutions, such as getting fit, losing weight and taking more 'me time'. What was remarkable (or maybe not!) was the almost complete absence of men in all the hostelries The Corkman called to on the night.