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Historic night for Kerry women being sworn into the Kerryman's Association Photo by: April Drew

Equality for Kerry ladies as they join Kerryman's Association after 120 years

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Historic night for Kerry women being sworn into the Kerryman's Association Photo by: April Drew

Before the night’s festivities came to a close Deirdre Burke, whose father is from Killarney, told the Irish Voice she was honored to have been accepted into the organization as a member and “looks forward to participating in the association, its activities and social gatherings.”

 After several sandwiches and beverages were consumed one women, who appeared to be in her early fifties, glanced up at the wall over the bar. Above her head were pictures of dozens of past presidents.

She quietly nudged her friend and whispered, “It won’t be long before one of us is up on that wall.”

As male and female members slowly made their way out of the hall a little before midnight Kerry couple Hannah and Ken Moriarty said their goodbyes to friends, something they have done often after Red Mill dances.

But tonight was different. It was special. It was the first time they walked out the doors of the Kerry Hall both carrying membership cards to their county association.

“I’ve been waiting since I came here in 1957 to join this association,” said Hannah, who was a member of the Kerry Ladies before it was disbanded several years ago.

“This night was a long time coming but I’m so glad it finally arrived,” she said while smiling lovingly at her husband Ken who has been part of the Kerry Association for more than a decade.

“We can now enjoy it together,” she said departing into the night.

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