Limerick IFA is holding its traditional Nollaig na mBan celebration lunch in the New Year but you don’t have to be a woman or even an IFA member to attend!

Limerick IFA’s farm family committee, chaired by Mary Breen, is hosting the event from noon on Friday, January 6 in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare.

“It is the first time since 2020 that we are having our Nollaig na mBan celebration lunch due to Covid so we are hoping to have a big crowd and meeting old friends and new,” said Ms Breen.

The twelfth and final day of Christmas, January 6, was known in Ireland as Nollaig na mBan or Women’s Christmas or Little Christmas. As a reward for their hard work over the Christmas season, it was a day off from all house work for women and traditional roles were supposed to be reversed in the home: men did the women’s work in the house while women rested and gathered together informally.

According to RTÉ Brainstorm, the custom was that women made social calls to the homes of their friends and neighbours and enjoyed tea and the last of the Christmas cake.

Ms. Breen said one and all are welcome to attend their lunch which starts with a mulled wine reception.

Tickets €45. Contact 087 6383060.

Photo: Kay Franklin Hayes, Doon, Mary Ellen Breen, Cullen, and Eleanor Hayes, Doon, at the last IFA Nollaig na mBan lunch in 2020

From the Limerick Leader.

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