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The ICA is the largest women's association in Ireland, with more than 11,000 members. We cook, travel, craft and socialise!

Mission

The objects of the Association are to bring women together in fellowship and through co-operative effort, to develop and improve the standard of rural and urban life in Ireland having due regard for our Irish culture and to encourage the use of the Irish language in the affairs of Bantracht na Tuaithe.

Overview

The Irish Countrywomen's Association is a women's organisation with almost 11,000 members. In 2010 we celebrated our Centenary and a very long tradition of making a difference in women’s lives. Fun, friendship and support are at the centre of everything that we do – but we also aim to make women’s voices heard on the issues of the day.

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ICA members meet in local groups across the country - almost 700 Guilds each of which offers a varied programmes of activity including trips and visits, crafts and art, interesting speakers, competitions and a whole lot more. At An Grianan, Co Louth, the ICA Adult Education College provides members and the general public with a varied programme of courses and events, as well as facilities for meetings and Conferences. To find out more and arrange a visit click here. The ICA is also a force to be reckoned with in local communities, where we often work with other organisations on events, fund raising, campaigning for local services, and at national and international levels where we reflect the concerns and interests of members to policy makers and the general public.A founding member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, the ICA is also the Irish representative on COFACE, the European NGO that represents families at the EU, and is a long standing member of the ACWW – the Associated Countrywomen of the World - which works to improve the situation of rural women, particularly in the developing world.

The Irish Countrywomen's Association is a women's organisation with almost 11,000 members. In 2010 we celebrated our Centenary and a very long tradition of making a difference in women’s lives. Fun, friendship and support are at the centre of everything that we do – but we also aim to make women’s voices heard on the issues of the day.

ICA members meet in local groups across the country - almost 700 Guilds each of which offers a varied programmes of activity including trips and visits, crafts and art, interesting speakers, competitions and a whole lot more.

At An Grianan, Co Louth, the ICA Adult Education College provides members and the general public with a varied programme of courses and events, as well as facilities for meetings and Conferences. To find out more and arrange a visit click here.

The ICA is also a force to be reckoned with in local communities, where we often work with other organisations on events, fund raising, campaigning for local services, and at national and international levels where we reflect the concerns and interests of members to policy makers and the general public.

A founding member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, the ICA is also the Irish representative on COFACE, the European NGO that represents families at the EU, and is a long standing member of the ACWW – the Associated Countrywomen of the World - which works to improve the situation of rural women, particularly in the developing world.

General information

The ICA was founded in May 1910 by a small group of well educated and largely Protestant women in Bree, Co Wexford. Called the Society of the United Irishwomen (UI), its aim was “to improve the standard of life in rural Ireland through Education and Co-operative effort” From the start the UI was non-denominational and non-party political, principles which continue to this day and our members are drawn from every background and shade of opinion.

The inspiration for the UI came from the Co-operative Movement whose motto was “Better Farming, Better Business, and Better Living” Speaking in 1910 the founder of the Co-operative Movement, Horace Plunkett, remarked that the better living would come from “the women of Ireland”. At the time, life for women in rural Ireland was in the main one of hardship and drudgery and the Society set out to offer friendship, hope, support and leadership.

Take a trip to An Grianán and see all the wonderful courses we have to offer for 2014

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Irish Countrywomen's Association, 58 Merrion Road, Dublin 4,Tel: 01 668 0002 Fax: 01 660 9423 Email: office@ica.ie
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