Can you make re-usable face masks?

Madame President Josephine Helly has been in discussion with Julie Colclough who works  with a number of national & enterprise support services advisers. They are conducting some research into the viability of producing re-usable face barrier masks for the consumer market in Ireland which they believe might be of interest to ICA members. The public […]

Arts Weekend postponed: New dates 5-7 March 2021

The Arts weekend at An Grianán has been rescheduled. It will now take place from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 March 2021. All accommodation and course bookings that have already been made will be transferred to the new dates. If any of you cannot make the new date please contact An Grianán directly by email […]

National Drawing Day 2020

Join in on Saturday 16 May 2020 for National Drawing Day! Every year, the National Gallery of Ireland—together with dozens of museums, galleries, libraries and cultural organisations all over the island of Ireland—encourages people to get drawing with a jam-packed day of free events for people of all ages. This year the country will celebrate […]

Winners of the Photography Competition 2020 announced:

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2020 National Photography Competition: HISTORICAL LANDMARK   1st Place (Picture of Sydney Harbour) Margaret Smith Crosserlough Guild Cavan Federation 2nd Place (Dolmen) Susanna Braswell Wicklow Town Guild Wicklow Federation 3rd Place (Kylemore Abbey) Yvonne Gill Barna Guild Galway Federation BLACK & WHITE STREETSCAPE  1st Place & Overall Winner for (Boy looking […]

Scrubs in Country Living

Josephine Helly, ICA national president. \ David Ruffles It would be a complete understatement to say that Josephine Helly, national president of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA), is handy with a needle and thread. She just happens to be a genius when it comes to crafts and needlework. Itching to help with the national effort […]

Instruction booklet SCRUBS

SEW SCRUBS FOR IRELAND Scrubs are the basic garments worn by medical and administration staff in hospital, clinic and nursing environments. Thank You for agreeing to sew a set of scrubs. This is a huge help right now as medical staff are experiencing a shortage of these basic protective work garments. The scrubs consist of […]

ICA statement re HORT college

ICA Statement re HORT College In September 2019, the ICA entered into an agreement to lease its unused Horticultural College at An Grianán in Termonfeckin, County Louth with a company, Hostel Activity Management Services (HAMS). This agreement was in place many months before Covid-19. Our information is that none of the 189 workers on the […]

Rally call to Sew Scrubs for Ireland

National President’s call for Expressions of interest to sew scrubs for Ireland. Dear members, I have been in discussion for some days about a project – Sew Scrubs for Ireland – which may be of interest to some of our talented ICA women at this time. The idea grew from discussion with Sinead Lawlor, who, with her colleagues […]

ICA Central Office is now closed.

The ICA Central Office in Merrion Road is now closed. The phones are unattended. Staff are now all working from home. You can send an email to the National President, Josephine Helly: or to Niall Keane: or to Anna Sinnott: and to Rebecca Ryan: We are picking up our emails and […]

A few extra competitions to keep you occupied during Covid 19

A  FEW EXTRA COMPETITIONS TO KEEP YOU OCCUPIED DURING COVID -19   Federation Brochure     Design and create an Information Brochure to promote your Federation.  It should be A4 size or smaller. Both sides of the sheet can be used in any format.  Brochure can include non-personal photos, logos, drawings, charts etc. but no personal […]