Ennistymon promises warm welcome
Kay Garrihy is Ennistymon ICA secretary and she’s also Clare Federation teachta to An Grianán, making her responsible for promoting the centre among ICA members.
She credits ICA with giving her the confidence to do these roles.
“When I joined ICA six years ago and the position of secretary came up after a year, I said I knew nothing about it. The members g ave me every encourag ement. They said they’d help me. They gave me my wings and I flew from there.”
It was the same when the Clare Federation teachta role came up. “I hadn’t a clue how to do it,” says Kay, who has now made the role her own and organises a Clare week in An Grianán every summer — this year’s week takes place from August 27 to 30.
“It’s for men and women, members and nonmembers. We visit historical places and have a day of craft. Three men come along and if there’s cookery or photography, they’ll do it. We take 53 and there are just 10 places still available for this year’s trip.”
Kay’s decision to include non-members was to showcase An Grianán and ICA to potential new members and this has worked. “Some of these people have joined guilds.”
Set up in 1944, Ennistymon ICA Guild has 10 members and each year holds a pre-Christmas sale of work created by members, choosing a local charity as beneficiary. Ennistymon guild president Ann Madigan recently handed over a cheque for € 1,000 to Brother Liam O’Meara to support the Burren Chernobyl Project.
Brother O’Meara organises accommodation among local people for groups of children who travel from Chernobyl each year.
He also spends time in Chernobyl, helping out there. Brother O’Meara thanked the ladies and said the donation would be a huge help to the project.
Ennistymon ICA Guild president Ann Madigan presenting a cheque for € 1,000 to Brother Liam O’Meara of The Burren Chernobyl Project, proceeds of the guild’s 2017 Christmas sale of work.