Party in Square for Women's day

THERE were great scenes in Tralee Town Square at lunchtime on Friday as the women of the Tralee International Resource Centre took to the streets to mark International Women's Day.

The TIRC organised a street party in the town square to celebrate the occasion and the town centre was a riot of colour, fun and music with large crowds, including hundreds of school students, joining in the entertainment.

All the action kicked off with a performance by the TIRC African drummers whose infectious rhythms soon drew a large crowd to the square. When the drummers' show ended it was the turn of various women from the centre to take to the plinth and talk about their experiences in their home nations and since they arrived in Ireland and made their new home in Tralee.

The passionate speeches which came from women from Nigeria, Chile, Latvia and Albania made for a captivating interlude in the afternoon's entertainment. The women also released balloons and lit a candle to recognise women who are struggling for change all over the world.

With the speeches over it was time for some more fun and games and after some inspirational poetry, penned by some of the TIRC's many users, a DJ quickly got the spectators into the groove with the women of the centre leading the crowd, which by now had grown to fill much of the square, in energetic dance routines.

Chairperson of Tralee International Resource Centre Cllr Gillian Wharton Slattery said they are delighted to showcase the women from all over the world who have made their home in Tralee.

All in all it made for an excellent afternoon's entertainment which brought a smile to hundreds of faces on what was a beautiful sunny spring day. Well done to all involved.


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