The Group, Meitheal na mBan, which is aimed at rural women in Munster held the meeting on Saturday at the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway, Co. Cork at 2:30pm.
The meeting was an open one and was available to all rural women in the area to attend. It offered women an opportunity to discuss their issues and concerns as well as offering advice to the ladies in attendance.
The organizers of the event have scheduled more open discussions like this for the future, after they recommenced meetings following a summer break. Earlier this year the group held meetings in Adare and Mallow, which proved to be very successful. The group are urging all females to join the organisation as they look to reach as many rural and farming members as they can.
The organizers of the events are Joan Collins of Tipperary and Sheila Crowler, Patricia Kelliher and Eileen Moynihan of county Kerry as well as Catherine Guest. The organisers are open to receiving new ideas and will also offer attendees a chance to voice their issues/concerns, especially those in need of highlighting.
Many issues have been debated at previous meetings, including gender inequality in agriculture and farm succession. Herd numbers which are not held in joint issues is another issue which has been raised at past meetings. Issues such as a lack of training available is another hot topic of the recent meetings, with many female farmers desperate for a better understanding of the enterprise.Future meetings are set to take place in counties Tipperary and Kerry, while there will also be other meetings held in Co. Limerick and Mallow. All are welcomed to attend the free events and anyone interested in helping organizing the meetings are invited to come along.