Una (Agnes) Finn was an honorary life member of Tralee Mountaineering Club. Una Sullivan was born in Dublin. She grew up there and worked in the Central Bank. She met Tom Finn on a cycling trip in Achill and she moved to Tralee after they got married in 1958.
L-R: Marie Ahern, Rose Switzer, and Una Finn. Photo: Tom Finn collection
Una was an active member of the club, one of a generation of women who blazed a trail in mountaineering in Ireland, She entered a sport that hardly catered for women, gear was hard to come by for everyone, but women especially. They improvised–wore men’s gear– and ensured that women were represented on a equal level in club activities.
The house became a hub of mountaineering in Kerry and a large number of club members gathered in the house to pay their final respects.
In later years Una went for a walk every day, cutting a striking figure as she made he the trip to the local shop. She kept going until a few months before death.
Ar dheis dé go rabid a hanam.