You’d hardly know it now but there are just 12 days in the traditional Christmas.
And while this side of it remains intact and January 6th is solidly recognised as the last day and night, the other side is being dragged more and more towards the last week of September by vested interests.
Ireland is being widely credited with the continuation of the Nollaig Na mBan traditions and Kerry, it seems, is one of its main custodians.
Busiest Night of the Year
Nollaig Na mBan was, up to the last couple of Christmases, one of the busiest nights of the year for hotels, restaurants and pubs and miles of road for newspaper photographers.
As we mark another quiet ‘small Christmas’ I had a random look back through the archive of such nights in recent history.
Take a look – and if you’re into raising a glass to the departed do so as there are faces in the collection that are no longer with us.
Nollaig na mBan faoi mhaise dhaoibh go léir.
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