Women's Christmas as popular as ever with Kingdom's ladies

Celebrating Women’s Christmas at the Listowel Arms Hotel on Saturday were, from left: Claire Fennell, Angela Dalton, Martina O'Neill and June Whelan. Photo by John Kelliher
Celebrating Women’s Christmas at the Listowel Arms Hotel on Saturday were, from left: Claire Fennell, Angela Dalton, Martina O'Neill and June Whelan. Photo by John Kelliher

Simon Brouder

The women of Kerry were out in force on Saturday night as the county marked Women's Christmas.

The event is beginning to become more popular around the country - thanks in no small part to social media - but the tradition's spiritual home is still in Kerry and Cork.

Across the Kingdom, Kerry women once again embraced the event wholeheartedly with most restaurants and bars packed with groups of ladies who were out to enjoy the customary post Christmas women's night out.

One of the busiest spots was Tralee where the night proved hugely popular. Indeed many restaurant owners, publicans and taxi drivers told The Kerryman that Women's Christmas had actually been much busier than New Year's Eve.

Of course the fun was by no means confined to the county capital with Killarney, Listowel, Dingle and Kenmare also enjoying a very busy night.

The fact that the event also marked the close of the Christmas holidays - with many of those out celebrating returning to work on Monday - will likely have added to the crowds with revellers eager for a final fling before 2018, and the January blues, set in.

Traditionally January 6 - also the Feast of the Epiphany - was a day of rest when the menfolk would take over domestic duties for the day and tired mothers, sisters and daughters had the chance to take a break after the busy Christmas

While domestic chores are likely to be far more evenly shared these days there is little sign that Nollaig na mBan's popularity is waning.

Kerryman

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