Wednesday was International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Perhaps a few sculptors should have been out around Newry on the day!

Sure the Newry Docker would love a bit of female company. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
I'm sure the Newry Docker would love a bit of female company. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Is there no famous Newry women?

If the wonderful solid (and manly) sculptures we see around the city are anything to go by, there mustn't be! At present the only woman represented is the Virgin Mary and as far as I know she wasn't FROM Newry!

.John Mitchel may have had to wait around a few years for company but it seems this last while that almost every year that goes by another one arrives to join the 'exclusive' mans club - The Newry Navvy and The Newry Docker were quickly followed by The Newry Cyclist - aka Patrick Rankin and who know's, the next guy could be on his way.

In the interest of the 'truth' I Googled "Famous Newry Men" and found almost Six Million but when I tried "Famous Newry Women" things have whittled down to just over Two Hundred Thousand results but surely in that not insignificant number we could find just one to spend a few thousand on to immortalise in Bronze?

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