ICA news: Innishannon’s adventurous ladies on voyage of discovery

The ladies of Innishannon ICA Guild get about. In the last decade, members have travelled the length and breath of Ireland by bus. 

ICA news: Innishannon’s adventurous ladies on voyage of discovery

And, says a spokesperson, each year they discover a new gem.

In 2015, their four-day outing took them to the West of Ireland with trips to the Aran Islands, Glenstal Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, and Cragenoun Heritage Park.

They stayed in Galway’s Connaught Hotel. Their equivalent excursion this year takes in Enniscorthy, Wexford, Johnstown Castle, Glendalough, Powerstown House and Gardens, Our Lady’s Island, Hook Head, the Famine Ship, and Waterford City.

“The demand is always high for places and they always have a full bus. As well as this outing, they have an annual day trip — last year they went to Cobh and Ardmore.”

The 84-year-old guild has a membership of 28 and a very strong community focus. Since the Upton Rally was founded (now Innishannon Rally), Innishannon ICA fundraises on both days of the event — they also run a baking stall. Every second year the guild runs a very successful fashion show.

Up until 10 years ago it was an annual event.

Held in Innishannon House Hotel, last year it focused on ladies’ and children’s fashion.

Charities that have benefited over the years include Marymount Hospice, Cope Foundation, Bandon Day Care Centre, Alzheimer Unit Bandon, Jack and Jill Foundation, Irish Cancer Society, ARC House, and Innishannon /Knockavilla Parish Fund.

“You may think it’s all work with a few outings thrown in,” says the spokesperson, who hastens to point out this guild’s interest in and use of the Go for Life grant. Each year, members take up a new activity.

“Last year, they took up water aerobics and attended exercise classes in the parish hall. This year they’ve committed to social dancing classes. You might ask how they can fit in any more — yet, since last September, they’ve attended craft classes with Eleanor Calnan.”

The Innishannon guild has also had Mary C O’Donovan give a demonstration on making fascinators. At their December meeting, Anna Boyd demonstrated the art of fondant icing for cakes.

Meanwhile, Noreen Allen — joint guild treasurer with Mary O’Donovan — became Cork Federation treasurer.

The guild’s hardworking committee includes president Shelia Cummins, vice president Mary O’Mahoney, secretary Margaret O’Sullivan and PRO Nancy O’Sullivan.

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