In total, 13 teams turned up to compete. Ballinascarthy’s A team took the cup, while two other teams also go forward to the county final: Aughadown & Goleen and Drimoleague’s A team.
West Cork vice-president Brigid O’Brien says Breda Buckley was excellent as quiz master.
“She was ably assisted by Eilish Hurley and Catherine Ross. Other members from different guilds helped with booking items in [for competitions] from flower arranging to bakery and crafts. The numbers of pots of Jam amounted to 19! Sadie Sweetnam was judge, along with Eleanor Calnan and all reached a happy outcome.”
Meanwhile, the 25-member Drimoleague Guild is delighted to have two new members: Anna Cummins joined for the social side and Bantry woman Joan Parsons loves crafts.
“She brought in wool and crochet hooks and had us all crocheting at our second September meeting,” says Cork Federation PRO Noreen O’Neill of Drimoleague Guild.
Drimoleague ICA teams up with Dunmanway Guild for trips. They did so this year for their outing to Bloom and again when they visited the Dunbrody Famine Ship in July.
“That was an eye-opener. It gave us a good historical insight into Famine times,” says Noreen.
“You think about the amount of people cramped into a small space, the inequality between those who had a few bob and those who didn’t. Trying to keep your children alive, the non-existent toilet facilities, the non-existent food, the disease – tears well up because you feel history.”
The whole trip, which included bus transport, visit to the John F Kennedy Arboretum, refreshments, dinner and entertainment cost each of the 52 people travelling just €50.
“You can do it when you have the numbers,” says Noreen.
Last year, Drimoleague ICA did silver sneakers classes in the local An Muileann Fitness Centre, courtesy of the Go for Life grant. They won the Cork Federation charades final in March.
Now they’re focused on planning upcoming events: the senior party, which takes place on December 11 — anyone over 60 is welcome; and the Shoe Box Appeal, which last year they did for the Hope Foundation.