St Luke’s Guild members enjoy visit to set of Coronation Street

St Luke’s Guild in Cork City is always on the go, says the guild’s president, Georgina O’Donovan.
St Luke’s Guild members enjoy visit to set of Coronation Street

Whether it’s a summer trip to Spain, an overnight in Killarney for a concert in the Gleneagle or an evening at the panto (planned for tonight), travelling is the big thing for the 42-member strong guild.

“A lot of guild members are widows and they don’t always have someone to accompany them to events,” explains Georgina.

The ladies, who hail from the St Luke’s area, the Lower Road and Mayfield, have been to Prague, Rome and Lake Garda and in August visited the sets of Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

“I wouldn’t say we’re all Corrie fans. I look at it but it wouldn’t worry me if I missed it.

"I am up to date with all the story lines. I’m very interested in the story about Leanne and Simon. She’s raising him and he’s being a very cheeky and devious teen.”

Altogether, 10 members of the guild went on the trip.

“We spent an hour and a half on the set. It was very small. We barely fitted into the bar.

"Garry Whitmore, the builder who married the girl in the wheelchair came to talk to us in our hotel.”

Georgina particularly enjoyed the visit to the Emmerdale set and feels the guild was lucky to see it because it’s due to close in December.

“It’s a real village and has beautiful stone buildings. We weren’t allowed into the characters’ houses though. I visited the church and some members went to the Wool Pack [pub].”

St Luke’s Guild was set up 18 years ago.

“I joined the first night. I used to know a lot of the women to see around; they’re now friends.

"I was always interested in crafts. Every month, we have either a craft night or a speaker. After our business meeting, we have a game of bingo or charades or a table quiz between members.

"We have music nights, where somebody plays records. We turn off the lights, light candles and dress in black and white for the music nights.”

The guild meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 8pm in Holy Family Church hall.

Generally, about 35 members turn up, says Georgina.

Members are looking forward to their Christmas dinner together on December 18. Meetings resume after Christmas on January 14.

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