Only club in country with own market
Ballydehob/Schull ICA is the only guild in the country to hold a weekly market over 10 weeks during the summer. It takes place in Ballydehob Hall for an hour and a half on Friday mornings during July, August, and for two weeks of September.
“We do baking. We grow tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes. I’ve grown grapes in a tunnel. People do come to the market, including visitors to the area,” says Nora McSween e y , g u i l d s e c re t a r y s i n c e April, who joined ICA in 1986. “I have a plaque I won for a baking competition in the 1980s,” says Nora, who is part of an ICA wool-spinning group that meets weekly in Brigid O’Brien’s home in Lisheen. Last week, the group was looking forward to a wool dyeing workshop at Elizabeth Savage’s house. “We use onion skins, fennel, blackberry, and beetroot to make the dyes.” The guild was founded in 1979 and has 17 members. “We did a fashion show fundraiser last year in Abbeystrewery Hall. Prior to that, we did a fundraiser for Schull Hospital. “A t m o n t h l y m e e t i n g s , we’ve had speakers in to talk about [topics from] sea urchins to SAGE (Support & Advocacy Services for Older People). We’ve had a fabulous storyteller in, as well as demos of felting, flower-arranging and chair yoga.”
Guild members also love going on outings and this year teamed up with Ballydehob Mothers’ Union for a trip to the Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella enterprise.
The guild meets at 8pm on the second Thursday of the month in Ballydehob Hall. Teas, coffees and nibbles are served and they always have a nice raffle. They will host the table quiz for the West Cork region in Ballydehob Hall on Monday, October 16. They hosted the event too in 2014.
Ballydehob Guild members: Susan Thomas, Barbara Doyle, Nora McSweeney, Anna Duggan, Iris Sweetnam and Carmel Waddy.