Reverse 2012 State Pension Cuts Petition

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Friends of An Grianán AGM 2017

Friends of An Grianán AGM will be held in An Grianán on Saturday next, 24th June 2017 @ 3.00 pm.


We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Nurture, a charity providing counselling and support to ICA members.

Manor Farm is calling for entrants to take part in its 21 Minute Challenge.

The Challenge - Cook a delicious, nutritious and simple chicken dish in 21 minutes or less. The Prize - €2,000 and a Manor Farm gift hamper.

Laois Week at An Grianán


On Monday we arrived and checked into the fabulous bungalows and had tea at 5.30pm. Tea was delicious with fabulous fresh bread.

We started our course at 7pm and recieved a cleanse, tone and moisturise from Angela who also gave us some great beauty tips. 

We settled into the bungalow which was like home from home.

On Tuesday we had a wonderful breakfast with great variety and more fresh bread. We started our course at 10am and received a hand and arm massage and learned some tips on keep our nails in good condition and how to pick a paint colour. While at lunch Eileen Sheehan received and huge thank you from Liz Wall after she made a generous contribution to An Grianan. We also had the privilege of seeing Eileen plant a true in her honour in the garden of An Grianan. Our evening involved another fabulous meal and at 7pm We had a make up tutorial from Angela with fantastic results. 

Then we were treated to some extra dance lessons from Maureen Culliton. I learned how to line dance!

On Wednesday Bronagh gave us all a face massage as part of the aromatherapy part of the course. She taught us how to do the massage on ourselves and explained the proper oils to use. After lunch we were treated to a luxurious foot soak and Bronagh thought us how to do reflexology on our own feet and hands.

We were then treated to music from barney at 9pm where I finally learned how to jive.

Thursday consisted of learning about the oils for aromatherapy and we all received individual massages from Bronagh which topped of a great week.

We were very lucky with the weather and it allowed me to dive around the local area which is just stunning. Clogherhead is really worth a visit.

The food in An Grianan is just so delicious that I never left food on the plate and they chef should be praised for it. It was proper homely Irish food and it is a credit to them. 

The bungalows were so comfortable and it was like being at home. This let us all get to know each other and I made some great friends form it, in fact I made some fantastic friends  during the week and I really look forward to meeting them again.

The week proved to be the reason I joined the ICA and I will definitely be returning.

Sharon O'Connell

President Portlaoise Guild

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