Helen O’Callaghan: Boherbue ladies all set to take flight on eastern adventure

Boherbue Guild is spreading its wings this September with a week-long trip to Krakow.

Founded in 1981, it’s the guild’s first trip abroad. “We hear so much about Poland from all the Polish workers around here. I’m working with eight Polish tyre-fitters at O’Hanlon’s Tyres, Millstreet. They’re brilliant workers,” says Boherbue ICA president Noreen O’Connell.

In total, eight of the guild’s 20 members are heading to Krakow, where they’ll visit the Salt Mines and Auschwitz. Like all guild outings, this trip is organised by Boherbue ICA secretary Eileen Leahy.

Their annual outing this year was to Glen of Aherlow, Rock of Cashel, The Vee, Youghal, finishing with a meal in Elm Tree, Glounthane.

“We had a very relaxing hour in Mount Melleray — we were there for vespers,” says Noreen, who confirms the past year as one of the guild’s busiest ever.

September saw them do a four-week Mindfulness course. “It’s all about living in the now, about not thinking of tonight’s dinner when you’re brushing your teeth in the morning. I’m still trying to understand it!” says Noreen.

They did a five-week armchair yoga class after Christmas and hosted a Cork Federation meeting. “Phil O’Leary [Former Cork Federation president] visited our guild three times during her presidency — we wanted to oblige her.

It was a successful meeting and guest speaker Eileen Linehan, IRD Duhallow, [talked about] the importance of community support in rural Ireland.” Having lost four members to cancer in the past six years, the guild hosted a cookery demonstration with Mark Doe of Just Cooking as a fundraiser for Marymount Hospice, presenting 2,000 to Friends of Marymount. They hosted a coffee morning for Daffodil Day, raising 1500, and 10 members attended a fundraising dinner for Marymount.

Boherbue ICA did well in competitions too, winning the North Cork Quiz and tying with near neighbours Kiskeam for first place at the county finals after two play-off rounds.

“We won the qualifying round for the An Grianán Quiz and came third in the All Ireland Final,” says Noreen, who was short-listed for the national ICA short story competition — her story, Peace at Last, touched on the theme of suicide.


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