Bank of Ireland local manager Andrew Owen, assisted by sales manager Patrice Byrne, gave a presentation on online banking services available to ICA guilds. The subsequent Q&A session revealed some current banking concerns of members. They cited reduced hours for lodging coins (just two days a week); lack of privacy at machines, and asked if there were plans to phase out cheque books.
“Bank of Ireland in Wexford has been helpful in providing support to guilds and to members with individual queries [since the meeting],” says Wexford Federation PRO Joe Keane.
Gael Linn’s Jamie O’Tuama was also in to talk about six half-scholarships available for children or grandchildren of Co Wexford ICA members. Anyone who enters will automatically receive a €75 voucher. “This represents a sponsorship by Gael Linn of over €2,400 in our federation each year and this is appreciated by all members,” comments Joe.
Sports officer Mary Nolan complimented members on their participation at the recent bowling competition. She said the final figure for funds raised by the October fun walks for the Alzheimer’s Society and Wexford Hospice Homecare will be announced at this month’s meeting.
Produce officer Emily Murphy received thanks for organising the festive cookery event with chef William Kinsella of Wildflower Café (Beechdale Plantsplus Nursery). Mary D’Arcy asked for suggestions for the annual craft day to be held early in spring — members were interested in dried-flower pictures, willow work and chicken scratching embroidery.
Timire Deirdre Connery read from Frank O’Connor’s The First Confession, which brought back memories for members.
Breda Banville read the PRO report, in Jo Keane’s absence.
Meanwhile, development and information officer Dee Devereux continues to make contact with women wishing to join ICA in Wexford — see www.ica.ie for details.
An Grianán officer Anne O’Connor gave a short report on the recent Wexford weekend in An Grianán.
This month’s competition, organised by Mary Somers, was for ‘any machine-sewn article’. Two judges adjudicated as follows: first place — Oylegate with a child’s pink dress; second place — The Maudlins with a reversible waist apron; and third place — Wexford Town with a lady’s coat (made by Joe Keane).