Happy Easter to all our Members & Friends

Please note Central Office will be closed on Good Friday 29/03/2018. It will reopen on Tuesday 03/04/2018.

Sympathy to the Susan Potts & Family.

We wish to extend our sincere sympathies to the Potts Family on the death of their brother, John Potts, RIP.

Mabel Hayes RIP

We are saddened to hear of the death of Mabel Hayes, a dear member of Mungret’s St Paul’s Guild, Limerick. Mabel died in her 103rd year.

New Election Rally Dates

The recently postponed Election Rallies have now been rescheduled as follows, please note the different times:


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Although ICA is 106 years old many myths remain around being a member. Many people believe you need to be good at or interested in crafts, or that you need to be invited or recommended by an existing member, or in a certain age category,or come from farming background, all untrue.

Who can become a member of ICA? All women over the age of sixteen years.

Must I join an existing guild? No. if there are a minimum of twelve women interested in coming together in friendship to enjoy social and recreational activities and improve their well being they can form a new guild.

Is there a fee? Yes the annual membership fee is €50.

What do I get for my money? You become part of the largest women's organisation in the country with a constitution and a vote in all decision making.

You are covered by insurance from you leave home until you return home when attending ICA meetings and functions and the venue where you hold your meetings provided it is a public facility eg. community hall/centre is also covered by insurance.

You have the support of your Federation committee and county organiser, and here in Monaghan we have a list of speakers and demonstrators available to attend monthly meeting covering a wide and varied range of topics.

Most importantly ICA now has members benifits with a wide range of service providers and outlets for example Kilkenny Design outlets, Mc Elhinney's Athboy,Mc Elhinneys Ballybofey, Hickeys Fabrics, Shaws nationwide, Paco and a host of other outlets where on production of your membership card you will automatically receive from 10% to 20% off your purchases. This could equate to savings in excess of €200 per year.     ( Marie Curley Federation PRO)

If you are interested in setting up a guild in your area you can contact

Federation President :Lorna Soden at

Vice President: Patricia Cavanagh at 

Liaison OfficerEileen McCluskey at

Information Officer and PRO: Geraldine O'Connor at

Information officer Josephine Reilly at


Due to a technichal glitch I am going to put up some news on the main page as I can no longer access the news items page. 

8th March 2018

Ballinode Guild celebrate International Womens day at their recent meeting

As it was International Women’s Day we decided to have some readings and member Breege Lenihan read a piece from “Women on the Edge” entitled “Runaway, Teenage, and Royal Brides” This was local woman Mary Ann Sherry’s story. Life began for Mary Ann in the foothills of the Sliabh Beagh Mountain in the townland of Bragan. She was the 2nd youngest of 8 children, three of whom died in their early teens. Stories of runaway marriages, smuggling, a royal betrothal and her own eventual marriage to local man John Joe Sherry gave an interesting end to our evening. Mary Ann passed away last September and she is described in the article as a fine example of the strong women typical of her generation; that is accepting, humble, unassuming, hardworking, talented and positive. “Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas, síoraí dá hanam uasal”.


March 2018 

Monaghan Federation ICA Oiche Gaelach

Alovely night in Corcaghan cc for our annual Oiche Gaelach. A night of fun ,food music and chat.Many thanks to all who participated and helped make the night the wonderful evening that it was. The evening was hosted by Monaghan Federation President Lorna Soden.

Music on the evening was supplied by The JJ's and a hot and cold buffet was prepared and served by Caroline Niblock and her staff.

As well as waltzing, jiving,line dancing and quick stepping around the floor members also enjoyed the Siege of Ennis. Soloists on the evening were Federation President Lorna Soden from Scotshouse guild, Mary Sheridan, Threemilehouse guild and Rosemary Mc Carville, Clones guild.

   The Federation AGM will take place in Scotshouse on Wednesday 25th April. Check details of the Aldi sponsored Brown Bread competition with Guild Secretaries




Ardaghey Guild at the Oiche Gaelach

Monaghan Federation President Lorna Soden sings "On Top of the World" and what a beautiful voice she has.


 February 2018

Monaghan Federation ICA  

Rita Carbin (Clones Guild)winner of the Federation heat of the Battenburg cake competition, runner up Patricia Carbin(Ballinode Guild)pictured with Federation President Lorna Soden and judges Irene O Brien and Nan Bradford.Rita came 6th place in the National final at an Grianán


February 2018  Scotshouse ICA

Scotshouse ICA enjoying a great Sunday Lunch at The Olde Post Inn, Cloverhill on Sunday 4th February. 23 of us had a wonderful 3 course lunch with plenty of chat going on as well.

January 2018    Ardaghey ICA 

Pictured above Ardaghey ICA with the cup and winning entries for Tydavnet Show August 2017.

December 2017 Clones Guild Events

Clones Christmas craft night

Clones Christmas Craft night

Clones Christmas Party Night

Rita Carolans Winning cupcake entry at the Federation Meeting in Cuan Mhuire

Rita Carolan is congratulated on her winby Eileen Maguire



Official launch of Monaghan Town ICA

     Tuesday 7th November 2017 saw the official launch of the new Monaghan Town ICA Guild. Lorna Soden Federation President officially opened the guild and guild President Catherine O’Dowd outlined the various activities that have been taking place over the past twelve months. Last November Samantha Hawe from Cottontails Cafe gave a demonstration on watercolour painting and then in December Cheryl McCaffrey from Lisnaskea done some lovely Christmas floral arrangements which she kindly donated for the raffle on the night. A talk from Claudine Marron who had visited Honduras with the Trocaire team in October 2016 was very interesting and thought provoking. Catherine Caulfield from true soul therapy based in Ballyalbaney also visited .She talked about acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion and healthy living for the mind and body. Roberta McConkey demonstrated making a carrier bag from a calendar, recycling at its finest and Brenda from Busy Bee Ceramics had some lovely unique pieces of pottery to show us.

     In the New Year a glass painting, Book folding and Deco Patch class given by Lorna Soden was enjoyed by all and we had some lovely finished products at the end of it. Attending the Federation craft day in Ardaghey saw us meet members from other guilds throughout the county and we also had some lovely patchwork cushions home with us. Crochet classes are ongoing and we hope to have a sewing class in the New Year. On the 9th December we travel to the Christmas markets in Belfast and on the 16th December we have arranged to go to the garage theatre to the Christmas show which includes music from the drawing room opera company. A meal is booked beforehand in the Taste of Tuscany restaurant. So all in all we keep busy and there’s something of interest for everyone.

     Catherine O’Dowd thanked most sincerely all the local businesses and members who donated raffle prizes for the official opening and also to all who helped provide the lovely supper.  She also thanked Lorna Soden and her committee for all the help and guidance that was given to help the set up of the guild. The new guild meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the YWCA centre on the North Road and the next meeting is on Tuesday 5th December when they hope to have some festive cookery and flowers. New members are most welcome.

Monaghan Federation President Lorna Soden congratulates Catherine O'Dowd President of the newly formed guild.




September 2017 Ballinode ICA

Fair and coffee evening


     This was a fun evening with lots to see and do. Of particular interest was Monaghan Mens Shed Danny Gallagher who demonstrated the art of making Porridge bread to a very captive audience. Cinnamon is used instead of sugar to sweeten the bread which tasted delicious. The craft farm Glaslough had an array of crafts on display. This is Geraldine Casey’s new venture and there will be many craft classes taking place in her new hub in Glaslough over the coming months. Find her on Facebook for further details. Wilma from JP Flowers put together some lovely displays which she very generously donated for the raffle later in the evening and the woodturners at the back of the hall had some fine pieces of wood on view.  Our Manicurist Evelyn Fisher was kept busy all night and Loretta Sherry gave some nice foot treatments. Siobhain Fitzgerald from Juice plus had an information stand and the crochet group from Threemilehouse were busy demonstrating and displaying their crochet pieces and there were also some fine examples of Patchwork cushions and quilts on display.  Rosaline McElvaney was there with her sock monkeys which received great attention and Mary Sherry had some of her fascinators on display.  Malcolm Totten’s lovely photograph display on the big screen was enjoyed by all and his very generous donation of photos for sale and one for the raffle was much appreciated. Thanks also to Willie Steenson who donated a nice pen and to Monaghan Men’s Shed who donated the wishing well flower pot for the raffle. Perfections Ballinode also supplied a nice raffle prize. The tea and coffee was on tap all night with plenty of refills available. Much credit is due to all the members who helped organise the event, those who baked and manned the kitchen, and those who had information stands and of course to our reliable soundman that made sure all the demonstrators could be heard effectively

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