En­nisty­mon prom­ises warm wel­come

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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.

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