Charity receives a €15,000 cheque

THE Cork autumn federation meeting was hosted by Ballyclough, a guild in north Cork which was formed in 1964.

The guild has a good number of members and in their own words are “still going strong”. There is a strong interest in crafts in the guild and also in the Irish language.

Guild president Mary Dulohery welcomed everybody and there was a very good turnout from north Cork with 18 of the 19 guilds represented.

The final cheque of €15,000 for last year’s Cork federation charity, Bru Columbanus, was presented to the charities representative by Cork federation president, Mairead O’Carroll.

The newly elected Munster vice-president, Peggy O’Brien, addressed the meeting and told members they should salute the women who founded ICA for their vision and enthusiasm. She also asked members to support An Grianán, the flagship of the ICA. Peggy is from Ballingarry guild in north Tipperary, which has a membership of 50, including 10 young girls. Peggy was presented with a Cork Federation scarf by Mairead O’Carroll.

Betty Ivers, the new east Cork vice-president, was welcomed to the meeting.

The following are the results of the Cork federation photo competition which were announced at the meeting: 1st, Teresa Walsh, Aughadown, 2nd and Margaret Sargent, Midleton. Highly commended was Mary Foley, Ballinora.

The winners of the Grianán group scholarships were announced by Grianán Teachta, Pauline O’Callaghan. The prizes went to Nora Murphy, Fermoy guild and Kay Hill, guild.

Pauline is urging members to make a two-day trip to An Grianán their annual outing next summer. The trip would €199 and courses of their choice would be provided for guilds. Phone Pauline at 021-4866071.

There will be a three-day federation workshop provided free of charge to members who have suffered sudden or tragic loss. It takes place at An Grianán from November 11 to 13. Contact Pauline at 021-4866071.

The last of the Josephine Mangan scholarships were raffled at the meeting. Each winning guild will receive two scholarships. The guilds are Glanworth and Drumtarriff, with Cobh as a sub. The other two guilds are Ballinora and Minane Bridge, with Ballydehob-Schull as a sub.

Information officer Kathleen Shine from north Cork is eligible to go for reelection to the Agra Section of Ballyhoura Board

The meeting congratulated Phil O’Leary, Cork Fed secretary on her receipt of a Cork Rehab Person of the Year award.

Congratulations were also extended to Mourne Abbey guild in north Cork who represented Cork federation at the pitch and putt finals at An Grianán in September.

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