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About Us

The ICA is the largest women’s association in Ireland, with circa 8,000 members and over 440 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 life 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 RCN 20006730

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.

Hilda Roche National President. Ashford Guild, Wicklow Federation

Joanne Dunphy Allen National Secretary and Company Secretary. Scariff Guild, Clare Federation

Mary O’ Halloran National Treasurer. Clooney Quin Guild, Clare Federation

Patricia Madden Regional President North East. Ballymun Guild, Dublin Federation

Mary D’Arcy Regional President South East. Ballyfad Guild, Wexford Federation

June O’ Dwyer Regional President South West. Carrick-on-suir Guild, South Tipperary Federation

Mary Harkin Regional President North West. Lakeview, Guild Sligo Federation

Helen Ui Mhuineachain  Portmarnock Guild Dublin Federation

Liz Dermody Ballyragget Guild Kilkenny Federation

Carol Grogan Drogheda Guild Louth Federation

Catherine O’Dowd Monaghan Town Guild Monaghan Federation

Heather Evans Clonakenny GuildTipperary North Federation

Kathleen Gallagher Sligo Town Guild Sligo Federation

Susanna Braswell Wicklow Town Guild Wicklow Federation

Chair of the National Advisory Committee Ann Longergan

 National President Hilda Roche 

National Secretary Joanne Dunphy Allen

 National Treasurer Mary O’Halloran

 Regional President North East Patricia Madden

 Regional President South East Mary D’Arcy

 Regional President South West June O’ Dwyer       

 Regional President North West  Mary Harkin

 CARLOW Federation President  Mairead Phelan

  CAVAN Federation President Kathleen Farley

  CLARE Federation President  Mary Nealon

  CORK Federation President  Ena Howell

  DONEGAL Federation President to be announced

  DUBLIN Federation President Helen Ui Mhuineachain

  GALWAY Federation President Cathy Curlette

  KERRY Federation President Mary Connolly Kenny

  KILDARE Federation President Mary O’Gorman

  KILKENNY Federation President Liz Dermody

  LAOIS Federation President Anne Payne

  LEITRIM Federation President Helen Rutter

 LONGFORD Federation President to be announced

LIMERICK Federation President Carol O’Keefe

 LOUTH Federation President  Carol Grogan

  MAYO Federation President Maura McGuinness

  MEATH Federation President Liz McCormack

 MONAGHAN Federation President Catherine O’Dowd

 OFFALY Federation President to be announced

ROSCOMMON Federation President Marie Gorman

 SLIGO Federation President Kathleen Gallagher

 TIPPERARY NORTH Federation President Heather Evans

 TIPPERARY SOUTH Federation President Ann J Lonergan

 WATERFORD Federation President  to be announced

WESTMEATH Federation President Helen O’Gorman

WEXFORD Federation President  Breda Cahill

WICKLOW Federation President  Susanna Braswell

The Governance Review Committee: Mary D’Arcy Chair, Mairead Phelan, Patricia Madden, Joanne Allen, Mary O’Gorman and Eufemia Solinas

The Finance Committee: Mary O’ Halloran Chair, Carol Grogan, June O’Dwyer, Mary Harkin, Eufemia Solinas and Anna Sinnott

The Procedures Committee: To be announced

The Handcraft Committee: Bronwyn Murray Chair, Mary O’Gorman, Eleanor Calnan, Ethel Patterson, Breda Bohan and Nora Keady.

The Arts Committee: Ena Howell, Margaret Smith, Mary Connolly Kenny, Adrienne Small, Carol O’Keeffe, Susan Potts, Alexandra Hanes and Kathleen Gallagher.

The Produce Committee: Eilish McDonnell, Elizabeth Brooks, Patricia Madden, Anne Payne, Helen O’Gorman and Liz McCormack,

The Climate Action and Sustainability Committee: Susanna Braswell, Eithne Phelan, Kathleen Farrelly, Maureen McLaughlin, Breda Cahill, and Jane Jackson.

Coiste na Gaeilge: Mary Neylon, Helen Ui Mhuineachain, Maura McGuinness and Mary McNamara.