Secretary Mary Carroll composed a poem, recalling her debut trip to An Grianán when she was away from her family for the first time.
Mary was also behind the project to have as many calico dolls as possible made for Temple Street Children’s Hospital by Christmas. This bore fruit and the guild sent armfuls of these lovingly made dolls off to Dublin.
Meanwhile, members supported other local guilds’ activities – they attended Gaggin ICA’s 50th celebrations in October, with Mary Joyce presenting the guild with a crafted 50th anniversary card, and they also enjoyed Innishannon Guild’s musical evening.
In October, Dietician, Karen from Grianan Health Store, Kinsale, was guest speaker. “Guild president Deirdre allowed the meeting to gather its own pace, resulting in a most informative talk by Karen with questions being posed as they seemed relevant.
Cholesterol – the old enemy for all of us – was top of the agenda, with great discussion on alternative natural remedies,”says Ursula.
The guild hosted Cork Federation’s craft day, facilitated by Nuala Stack, in early October and enjoyed two guild craft days later in the month with instructor Mary Conroy.
Their appetite had been whetted a few months earlier when Mary came to talk about the art of sewing, embroidery, crochet and up-cycling.
“[This is] the art of regenerating favourite pieces from the wardrobe and giving them a whole new lease of life, to fit in with more contemporary designs and changing personal measurements!” says Ursula.
“On that occasion, Mary brought lots of beautiful examples of stitching, embroidery and appliqué methods, end-pieces of all types of materials and even demonstrated the very practical and correct way to insert or replace a zip. She also provides sewing machines for those who don’t have one of their own.”
Meanwhile, May Keohane, founder and first president of Dunderrow Guild, celebrated 50 years ICA membership.
“This is an incredible amount of time to give any organisation and May has done it in spades, serving as president four times, She’s an inspiration to others and a great mentor to anyone taking on new ventures, particularly in arts and crafts” says Ursula.
May is also a founder member of Dunderrow Community Alert. In 2009, she and husband Brendan were joint recipients of the Dunderrow People of the Year award.
She’s a member of Kinsale Active Retirement Association and, alongside others in the Association, has knitted over 1,000 Teddies for the Mother Bear Project – a grassroots non-profit organisation whose goal is to give comfort to children traumatised by HIV/Aids.
“All this leaves the rest of us ordinary mortals scratching our heads, wondering just how many hours there actually are in May’s day!”says Ursula.