Clare guild mem­bers get their new sea­son off to a lively start

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COUNTRY LIVING - He­len O’Callaghan

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.

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