Limerick ladies reflect upon ICA’s global commitments
Just a little over 70 members representing 18 guilds across County Limerick attended the federation’s pre-summer meeting at the Millennium Centre, Caherconlish. Vice-president Anne Gabbett presided in the absence of president Annette Long – Annette and husband Des are very proud parents as their daughter Niamh had just returned from the Special Olympics with silver and bronze medals. Limerick ICA members wish to congratulate Niamh.
Anne gave a talk on the role of the Associated Country Women of the World. This international organisation advocates for and engages with rural women all over the world. The ICA fundraises for this organisation at every guild and federation meeting. Teachta Eilís McNamara told the meeting about Limerick Week which was held from June 18 to 22 in An Grianán. Thirteen Limerick ladies joined Kerry, Laois, and Leitrim members. “Everybody had a very nice, enjoyable, busy and fruitful week. The weather was kind, food and accommodation were excellent, the friendships and fun second to none, what else could one ask for?” comments Limerick Federation PRO Maura Walsh.
An Timire Anne Maria Dennison encouraged everyone to use the cúpla focail in their everyday lives. “Why not try ‘más é do thoil é’ or ‘go raibh maith agat’ when next sa siopa?” she suggested, with the reminder that from little acorns great things grow. Maura reports that sports and leisure officer Mary Canty took the leisure part of her title to heart when sharing some self-help hints and tips. “She mentioned the many benefits of coconut oil in caring for our hard-working hands, nails and hair.” Arts and crafts officer Mary Moloney deputised for contest officer Carol O’Keeffe, organising both the bunch of garden flowers and homemade card competitions. “Beautiful entries in both areas added to the colour of the lovely summer’s evening,” says Maura.
Anne Gabbett gave an account of the recent national AGM held in Athlone, informing the meeting that the postponed officer-ship elections are now scheduled to take place in the autumn.
She also reminded members of the many shows taking place over the summer, including also the Milford Harvest Fair. She thanked members for their very generous response to the appeal for toiletries and nightwear for Adapt House. “These very useful and needed supplies will be delivered to this women’s refuge on behalf of the Limerick ICA member,” says Maura.
The raffle brought the evening to a close with many great prizes going to the four corners of the county.
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At Limerick ICA federation meeting: Vera Ryan accepting first prize in the ‘bunch of garden flowers’ competition on behalf of Carmel Breen, Oola Guild, with second prize-winner Joan McLoughlin, Cappamore Guild.