Rosalie Dunne of Shanagarry ICA says January dawned with expanded waistlines.
“So it was straight into remedial action.
“At our January meeting, Dolores Crowley from the Midleton Wellness Centre put us straight on diet and nutrition, and a little bit of mindfulness to help us along.
“[We were] down to business then, with a weekly weigh-in starting immediately.
“Some ladies are getting together every week to monitor their weight loss and change the lost kilos into euros to help fund the summer trip we plan to take this year.”
Rosalie says their twice-weekly walking programme will resume in the spring, as soon as the evenings get longer.
“We kept it going till the end of September last year.
“We watched the changing seasons on our walks, starting with the primroses, and ending up picking blackberries.
“As well as maintaining fitness levels, it was a lovely way to keep in touch during the summer when the guild was in recess.”
Shanagarry Guild hosted — and won — the East Cork Table Quiz in October, in the Churchtown South Hall.
“We had a great turnout of East Cork Guilds, and were honoured by the presence of federation president Deirdre Hickey.
“We had a bread-making demonstration by Kathleen Barry from Watergrasshill Guild, who showed us how to make the prize-winning loaf she made at the Brown Bread Championships at the National Ploughing Championship.”
Meanwhile, the annual November Mass for deceased members re-located to Cloyne as part of the bi-centenary celebrations for St Colman’s Church. Shanagarry Guild members participated in readings, prayers and offerings.
The busy run-up to Christmas included a presentation on eye health from optician Deirdre Wyley, and the Christmas party night in Garryvoe Hotel on December 8.
“The ladies sparkled in their party wear.
“Santa paid us an early visit with a gift for everyone. “Charlie Conway, local raconteur, told stories, recited poems and got us into the Christmas spirit.
”We enjoyed a glass of mulled wine and tasty finger food and, of course, the mince pies and chocolates.
“Plenty of Christmas fare was raffled, and we finished with a little sing-song.”