Harvest cel­e­bra­tion for Black­wa­ter Women’s Group

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By STEPHEN FERNANE

IT’S a time of year when the Black­wa­ter Women’s Group make the Ken­mare Bay Ho­tel the fo­cal point for a well-de­served get to­gether. Over 150 peo­ple en­joyed an evening’s en­ter­tain­ment, while also cel­e­brat­ing and re­flect­ing on an­other hugely im­por­tant year for the group.

Black­wa­ter Women’s Group was formed over 16 years ago and com­prises of over 60 women from late teens and up­wards. It’s an ac­tive com­mu­nity group that en­gages in a wide range of ed­u­ca­tional, cul­tural, so­cial and artis­tic en­deav­ours, while var­i­ous skills­based tu­to­ri­als are also pro­vided.

“We en­joyed the evening, and the new ren­o­va­tions to the hall at the Ken­mare Bay Ho­tel made it even more spe­cial,” said Mairead Robin­son of the Black­wa­ter Women’s Group.

As well as en­joy­ing a meal and live mu­sic, Mairead or­gan­ised a quiz which kept ev­ery­one on their toes with some fun. Peo­ple even trav­elled from over­seas to at­tend the event which is a mea­sure of its on­go­ing suc­cess.

“Peo­ple re­ally en­joy it, and it’s a chance to get dressed up and meet peo­ple. We want to hold this event in Novem­ber if we can as Christ­mas comes on very fast and peo­ple are busy. It’s al­ways a suc­cess and long may it con­tinue,” Mairead said.

At­tend­ing the Black­wa­ter Wom­ens’ Group An­nual Harvest Ball in The Ken­mare Bay Ho­tel were (BACK): Joan Egan, Abina Magui­ness, Noreen O’Shea, Mary Doyle, Mary O’Far­rell, Cather­ine Dodd, Geral­dine Mc­Carthy, Shirley Pryce, Doreen O’Sul­li­van, San­dra O’Shea, Noreen O’Shea, Nora Kelle­her and Mary D O’Neill.MID­DLE: Marie O’Con­nell, She­lia O’Con­nor, Amelia Dodd, Mairead Robin­son, Josephine O’Neill, Tessy O’Con­nell, Anna Down­ing and Mau­reen O’Brien.FRONT: Mary Falvey, Cáit O’Shea Shee­han, Mary O’Neill, Kitty Doyle, Eileen Reilly and Bri­die Mc­Carthy. Photo by Mary O’Leary.

ABOVE: LEFT: Pho­tos by Mary O’Neill.

The O’Shea fam­ily of Let­ter pic­tured at the Harvest Dance in Ken­mare Bay Ho­tel. All eight mem­bers of Joan O’Shea’s fam­ily joined her for the din­ner and dance. Three sons and their fam­i­lies had just flown in from USA for the fam­ily re-union. Back Row: Tim All­man; Jacko Phe­lan; Lora, Noel, Mau­reen, Stephen, Joe, John, Donal, Sally Ann and Lisa O’Shea; and De­nis Grif­fin. Front: Sean Phe­lan, Kerry O’Shea, Mary Phe­lan, Mar­garet Grif­fin, Joan O’Shea, Siob­han All­man, Fiona Phe­lan and Pa­trick Palmer.Nuala and Michael O’Con­nor; Dympna and Michael O’Sul­li­van; and Rita and Bren­dan O’Sul­li­van pic­tured at the Harvest Dance in Ken­mare Bay Ho­tel.

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