TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Irish official skips men-only dinner

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9:21 p.m.
 

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A top Irish government official caused a bit of a trans-Atlantic dust-up on Saturday when he said he had skipped a trip to Savannah to avoid a St. Patrick's Day dinner at which only men are allowed.

Eamon Gilmore, deputy prime minister and foreign minister, instead made stops in Atlanta and New Orleans — where St. Patrick's crowds pale in comparison to the nearly 200-year-old celebration in Savannah. Early Irish immigrants held the first St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah in 1824, and it has since swelled into a tourism bonanza that draws 400,000 or more revelers each year to the city of 136,000.

Gilmore told the Irish Times that a visit to Georgia's oldest city would have meant that he attend the annual dinner of the Hibernian Society of Savannah, a private event open only to men.

“Count me out. I'm not doing it,” Gilmore said. “I don't believe in segregation either on a gender basis or on any other basis.”

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Warhol bodyguard sued over hidden artwork
  2. Cafeteria worker tried to stop Washington school shooter
  3. 1686 shipwreck ‘like dinosaur’ being rebuilt for museum
  4. Philadelphia Mafia figure returned to prison for meeting friend
  5. Test confirms remains are missing Virginia student’s
  6. Lawyer turns down AG post
  7. New York, New Jersey order 21-day quarantine of all in contact with Ebola virus
  8. Seattle area school homecoming ‘prince’ guns down classmates
  9. 2 California deputies slain, suspect captured
  10. Hatchet attack was terror, NYPD says
  11. U.S. rules out apology to Pyongyang in exchange for 2 imprisoned Americans
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.