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The ICA came to Westmeath when Ballinafid Guild was established in 1945. The Federation was formed over 60 years ago
Some Guild Profiles
We are a rural Guild currently with 35 members. From the outset we have been very active and enthusiastic in learning new & interesting skills and crafts such as jewellery & hat making, crochet & knitting. We have plans to do lots more such as digital photography, floristry, baking, painting, book club and also fitness activities such as ty chi & pilates. We have amongst us many people who have talents & skills galore who are willing to share their knowledge & expertise.
Our group has a very positive and supportive atmosphere and it provides a platform for members to meet in an informal way to chat, get to know neighbours and gain new friends. We aim to get involved more in the community and work closely with other local clubs/organisations to enhance our neighbourhood, for example, tidy towns, GAA and local school. We espouse the values that are core to the Irish Countrywomen’s Association.
The Castlepollard branch of the ICA meets on the second Tuesday of every month at ten thirty in the parish hall. We have fifteen members and the meetings are usually very lively. An example of activities we take part in is that we have someone coming to teach us the Alexander technique and I am sure we will all feel the benefit of that. We welcome new members. One of our members Celia Whyte also trained in the PALS technique and we have availed of this technique also.
Collinstown/Fore ICA is a rural based Guild with approximately 20 active members. We meet monthly, (except July and August) in Lough Lene Hall, Collinstown. Meetings take place at 8 pm on the second Wednesday of the month. We are a very active group of women. Recent courses that we completed include Pilates and Digital Photography. Bridge and Art classes continue. We held a 1-day course in Decoupage. Also in recent months, we organised courses in Gardening and Flower Arranging. Each year we visit An Grianan, the ICA Education College, this year we attended a cookery course in “Quick and Healty Food” given by Marie McGuirke of Bootcamp fame. We try to have a Speaker on various topics to address our monthly meetings.
Our aim would be to attract more members.
Horseleap / Streamstown ICA Guild was founded on 12th of March 1985. Our guild is very active with 39 members. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month. Our Guild is in a rural area with members from two small villages Horseleap and Streamstown. We have a lot of activity in our guild set dancing, music classes, crafts, computers, a walking and cycling club, and art. We organize day trips this year we had a most enjoyable day in an Grianan and 40 members went to a country music weekend in Killarney.
The overall goal of Mullingar Guild is "adult education and money saving matters". Speakers are invited to inform the members. The first speaker for Autumn 2011 (Monday 26th September) is from Le Cheile, an adult education group who will speak about part-time courses. A speaker from the Consumer Group to inform the members on money saving matters will be invited to a meeting later in the year. A pottery class with Ronan Leavy and Jewellery making with Mandy McAnaney are also planned. Also in the new year there will be a visit to an Organic Farm.
We are a very active and progressive Guild currently with 20 members. Activities include Aerobics; Dancing; Singing; Crafts such as Jewellery making, Candle making etc.; Interior Design and Floristry.
We have amongst us people who knit and sew very well and are always willing to share their expertise. We also have talented cooks and get together at social events to cater for each other.
Our group has a very positive and supportive attitude to each other and get involved where we are needed in the community, for example, weeding for tidy towns, picking up rubbish etc. We help with catering for church events such as First Communion.
We are non-political and very ecumenical. We embrace all age groups and welcome new members.
Details of Guild meetings - times, contact details can be found on the Westmeath website www.icawestmeath.ie
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