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In Co. Cork there was an innovator, in the person of Josephine Mangan, who worked with rural people in her capacity as Poultry Instructor under the direction of the then County Committee of Agriculture. It was she who recognised the usefulness to her clients and others, of this rural organisation and, in due course, she was instrumental in establishing the first guild in Co. Cork, in Clonakilty, in the year 1930. Other Guilds followed and as soon as regular meetings, suitable premises and programmes were introduced, a joint meeting was organised. This meeting was to form the nucleus of the Cork Federation of the ICA. This first meeting took place on 25th January, 1936 at Bandon.
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Federation President: Deirdre Hickey
Federation Secretary: Pauline O'Callaghan
Federation Treasurer: Noreen Allen
Cork Federation is divided into 5 regions, North, South, East, West and Midlands.
Therefore it has five vice presidents:
North: Judy O'Leary
South: Margaret O'Reilly
East: Nuala Stack
West: Bridget O'Brien
Mid: Ena Howell
There are 69 guilds in Cork Federation
North Area has 14 Guilds:
Ballydesmond, Boherbue, Kiskeam, Newtownshandrum, Mallow, Bweeng, Ballyclough, Lombardstown, Dromtarriffe, Freemount, Rockchapel, Buttevant, Mourne Abbey, Ballyhooly.
South Area has 13 Guilds:
Togher, The Lough, Douglas, Minane Bridge, Castlelack, Innishannon, Dunderrow, Ballinspittle, Gaggin, Ballymartle, Bishopstown, Ballyphenane, Knocknavilla.
East Area has 10 Guilds:
Ballymacoda, Cobh, Midleton, Knockraha, Watergrasshill, Shangarry, Fermoy, Leamlara, Lisgoold, Riverstown/Glanmire.
West Area has 14 Guilds:
Ballydehob/Schull, Aughadown, Caheragh, Bantry, Goleen, Dunmanway, Leap, Kilmeen, Drimoleague, Clonakilty, Lisavaird, Barryroe, Ballinascarthy, Glengarriffe.
Mid has 18 Guilds:
Whitechurch, Ballinora, Blackpool, Grenagh, Blarney, Tower, Inniscarra/Ballincollig, Kilavoultra, Kilnamartyra, Macroom, Ballinagree, Canovee, Berrings, Carrignavar, Upper Glanmire, St. Luke’s, Rathpeacon, Kilmichael.