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About Us

The ICA is the largest women’s association in Ireland, with circa 8,000 members and over 470 Guilds accross the Country. We cook, travel, craft and socialise!

The aims of the ICA is to provide a welcoming and fun organisation which offers support, friendship, personal development, education and live long learning.

Our members regularly learn new skills, participate in local charity initiatives and get involved in their local communities. As a member of the ICA our structure means that your voice is heard locally, in your county and nationally as we work to ensure that women’s interests, family policies and community values are at the forefront of Government policy both nationally and in county councils locally. We build on 110 years of nurturing the Irish Language and culture and we ensure that through teaching and practicing that we preserve the long tradition of heritage crafts that we are so proud of in this country.

ICA is a charity and the Charity Number is CHY4947

The objectives 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.

Josephine Helly National President Gort Guild Galway Federation

Eleanor Calnan National Secretary and Company Secretary Leap Guild Cork Federation

Helen Rutter National Treasurer Annaduff Guild Leitrim Federation

Hilda Roche Chair of the National Advisory Committee Ashford Guild Wicklow Federation

May Campbell Regional President North East Longford Town Guild Longford Federation

Margot Hennessy Regional President South East Ballyloughan Guild Carlow Federation

Ena Howell Regional President South West Grenagh Guild Cork Federation

Sharon Kelly Regional President North West Gort Guild Galway Federation

Carmel Garrett Knocknacarra Guild Galway Federation

Nellie Dillon Forde Clane Guild Kildare Federation

Anne Payne Portlaoise Guild Laois Federation

Annette Long Castletroy Guild Limerick Federation

Kitty Harrington Frenchpark Guild Roscommon Federation

Eilish McDonnell Horseleap / Streamstown Guild Westmeath Federation

Chair of the National Advisory Committee Hilda Roche

 National President Josephine Helly 

National Secretary Eleanor Calnan

 National Treasurer Helen Rutter

 Regional President North East May Campbell  

 Regional President South East Margot Hennessy

 Regional President South West Ena Howell         

 Regional President North West  Sharon Kelly

 CARLOW Federation President  Annette Reddy

  CAVAN Federation President Mary Duffy

  CLARE Federation President  Mary O’Halloran

  CORK Federation President  Eleanor Calnan

  DONEGAL Federation President Maureen McLaughlin

  DUBLIN Federation President Joan Canning

  GALWAY Federation President Carmel Garrett

  KERRY Federation President Collette Dalton

  KILDARE Federation President Nellie Dillon Forde

  KILKENNY Federation President Ann Kelly

  LAOIS Federation President Anne Payne

  LEITRIM Federation President Michelle Early

 LONGFORD Federation President Olive Quinn

LIMERICK Federation President Annette Long

 LOUTH Federation President  Susan Reynolds

  MAYO Federation President Kay Devine

  MEATH Federation President Geraldine McNally

 MONAGHAN Federation President Susan Clarke

 OFFALY Federation President Sandra O’Connor

ROSCOMMON Federation President Kitty Harrington

 SLIGO Federation President Mary Fergus

 TIPPERARY NORTH Federation President Kathleen Corcoran

 TIPPERARY SOUTH Federation President June O’ Dwyer

 WATERFORD Federation President  Noeline Power

WESTMEATH Federation President Eilish McDonnell

WEXFORD Federation President  Mary D’Arcy

WICKLOW Federation President  Hilda Roche

The Governance Review Committee: Hilda Roche Wicklow Federation, Carmel Garrett Galway Federation, Mary D’Arcy Wexford Federation and Mary O’ Halloran Clare Federation, Niall Keane Interim CEO to July 2020.

The Finance Committee: Helen Rutter National Treasurer Leitrim Federation, May Campbell Longford Federation, Margot Hennessy Carlow Federation, Anna Sinnott Finance Manager and Niall Keane Interim CEO to July 2020.

The Procedures Committee: June Lawless Dublin Federation, Margaret Houlihan Kildare Federation, Lily Byrne Kildare Federation, Mary O’Reilly Mayo Federation.