Lim­er­ick ladies re­flect upon ICA’s global com­mit­ments

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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.

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