Clare Federation is always up for fun ways to promote Irish, so it’s no surprise that their summer meeting featured a free game of Bingo with numbers called ‘trí Ghaeilge’.

Treasurer Joan Dunne was the first to declare a full house.

Competition got more serious with the federation heat of the Aldi Brown Bread contest, which attracted eight entries, and saw Siobhán Boyce of Cratloe Guild emerge as winner. 

She represents Clare at An Grianán on August 6. Runners-up were Concepta Lillis, Gortlomáin Guild, and non-ICA member Brid Woods. Pastry chef Bernadette Kelly judged the competition.

Meanwhile, 29 members entered the “buttonhole made from wild flowers” competition. 

Winner Liz Collins and runner-up Rose Collins are both Cratloe Guild members, while Clooney-Quin’s Jackie Slattery came third.

Otherwise, Clare guilds had a busy time prior to their summer break.

“Gortlomáin ICA welcomed an inventive lady with great ideas about new uses for items of clothing. Members were inspired, and are busy recycling. The theme for their last get-together was summer dresses,” says a spokesperson.

And Gortlomáin’s Margaret Murphy was overall crafts winner at Ennistymon Show.

Fergus Guild went for afternoon tea to wrap up their year’s activities, and Ennistymon ICA took a historical tour in Dublin. Cranny-Coolmeen ICA members took Tai-Chi classes (this guild is one of the few in Clare to recruit new members this year).

Clooney-Quin ICA had an impromptu garden party in a member’s garden.

“They had musical entertainment and appropriate refreshments and were wonderfully well behaved!” said a spokesperson.

Clare ICA ladies are also mourning recently deceased members. At the time of her death, Kitty Moloney was a much-loved member of Feakle ICA. Just a few weeks earlier, she was on the runner-up team in Clare ICA’s table quiz.

“When O’Callaghan’s Mills Guild closed, Kitty and remaining members joined Feakle Guild. They brought a wealth of experience and a great gift for crafts. 

"Kitty’s vocation was caring for others. She served the community for years as a public health nurse. Her friendship, wise words and reliability were much appreciated.”

Mary Rynne was a valued member of Ballynacally Guild, serving as its secretary for three years. 

“She was very interested in ICA’s contribution to the life of rural women.

“During her time with Ballynacally, her many friends regarded her as a real lady, loyal and caring. She was interested in health and had particular knowledge of allergens and food.”


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