Brown Bread Baking Competition 2022 –

National Brown Bread Competition 2022 Following numerous conversations and enquiries from members around the Federations we are delighted to announce that the NATIONAL BROWN BREAD COMPETITION was officially launched on 20th June 2022. The competition will take place ‘in person’ this year. The NATIONAL BROWN BREAD COMPETITION is a partnership between the National Ploughing Association […]

Candlewick Embroidery

Handcrafts play an important role in keeping culture and traditions alive.   Held on June 14th in Central Office, the ICA Craft Class focusing on candlewick embroidery was yet another great success.   The queries are coming in about candlewick embroidery. We have recorded a brief explanatory video with many thanks to ICA Tutor Mary O’Gorman.   Keep […]

Introducing Eileen, the new Finance and Operations Manager

Hi everybody! My name is Eileen Fallon. I am the newly appointed Finance and Operations Manager with the ICA. I am based in the Central office in 58 Merrion Road. I previously worked for many years in the Financial Services sector. I am very much looking forward to this new role in a smaller organisation […]

National Competition Prizewinners 2022

We are delighted to announce the winners of National competitions! Members have competed in different fields: Creative Writing, Gempack Baking, Eleanora Cup for Drama, Inter Federation Cup for Photography, Table Quiz, Comórtas Gael Linn, Breda McDonald Trophy, Memorial Handcraft Trophy, Contests Committee Award, Beaumann Cup for Art, Painting, Betty Manning Trophy, Guild Year Book, Inter […]

English Quilting

The ICA has a long history of producing high quality goods at home and then selling them in local farmers or country markets. The ICA was responsible for setting up the Country Shop in St Stephen’s Green where members from around the country could sell their home-made clothes, cloth, produce and other items.  This legacy […]

AGM 2022

It was a pleasure to finally meet in person for the first time in three years at the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim Co. Meath at the weekend (27th and 28th May). Over 200 members attended and 92 Guilds were represented via their Voting Delegates at the AGM on Saturday 28th May. Meath Federation ran a […]


Did you know that in the EU, on average almost all employed women (94 %) are involved in at least one unpaid care work activity at least several times a week, compared with 70 % of employed men? The most unequally shared tasks remain housework tasks, with 93 % of women and 53 % of […]

We are hiring

The Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) is seeking to recruit an Operations and Finance Manager. Interested candidates are invited to submit send CV and cover letter highlighting the suitability to the role, by email to marked ‘OPERATIONS AND FINANCE MANAGER‘. The ICA will evaluate applications for the role on an ongoing basis. The ICA reserves […]

Introducing Alice, the new Communication and Membership Officer

Hi everybody! I am Alice Regis, and I will be the Communications and Membership Officer at ICA. I am very excited to start this role because I firmly believe that volunteering can enact social change: change can only start from people, and I really want to use my skills and experiences to empower the association […]

AGM 2022

Hi everybody and happy Friday! Only 23 days to our AGM! Please, do not forget to register on Eventbrite here: ! The AGM will be finally held in person! As we know, it will be on the 28th of May at Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim Co. Meath, from 10:30 am until 5:00 For Google maps […]