Clare guild members get their new season off to a lively start
A lesson on how to do a hand massage using oil and sugar and a demo on bee-keeping and honey-production — Clare guilds have started the new ICA year as they mean to go on.
Two Tradaree Guild members returned from a great week in An Grianán, where they attended a ‘Time for Yourself’ course. This included large elements of Aromatherapy and they learnt how to make their own base creams.
“They were delighted to show their fellow members at the meeting the benefits of a foot-spa and how to do a hand massage using oil and sugar. If a person didn’t have a footspa and wished to have the benefit of one, they could use the oil or cream and put their feet in a plastic bag for about ten minutes. A face pack, which a person could concoct for themselves at home, can be made from a mixture of oats and yogurt and is considered very restorative and nourish- ing for the skin,” says a Tradaree Guild spokesperson. Ballynacally Guild’s October meeting featured guest speaker Tony Maher from Lisheen, a local beekeeper. He gave a PowerPoint demonstration and all the ladies sampled Paradise Honey, his brand name, for which he has won awards. “He only recently got involved in this enterprise and he said the bees still sting him, but a calm demeanour from him is likely to calm the bees too. He has some hives with native Irish bees and these can be quite cross,” r e p o r t s a B a l l y n a c a l l y member. Meanwhile, some members of Gortlomáin Guild — the only ICA guild in Clare to own its own premises — went to Lisdoonvarna in late September for the match-making festival. “There was a huge crowd in Lisdoonvarna on the day and the group enjoyed the dancing in different venues,” says a spokesperson. Gortlomáin Guild is now preparing for their International night in November. Among the initiatives considered are a guest speaker from abroad who will tell of life in their home country and food from a variety of sources prepared to international recipes.
”With the great diversity of cultures and nationalities in Ireland at present, this type of ‘getting to know your neighbours’ could be undertaken by many guilds,” comments Clare Federation PRO Mary Neylon.
In keeping with long tradition, Tradaree ICA will have Mass for deceased members in Newmarket Church, on Tuesday, November 14 at 7.30pm.
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Clare ICA president Joanne Allen with Mary Kennedy, Bridgetown, who represented Clare in the semi-final of the Aldi Brown Bread-Baking competition at the National Ploughing Championship in September.