Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, received over €3,000 at Cork Federation’s AGM in Watergrasshill earlier this month.

Angela Horgan accepted the cheque for €3,853 from Cork guilds. She told the gathering that Pieta House engages with 50-54 people a week, aged from seven to 80. 

She stressed the easy access to the centre — no GP letter is required and most people wait 24 hours for therapy, with the longest waiting time 72 hours. 

The centre has 37 therapists and though it receives some government funding there’s a reliance on donations to make ends meet.

National ICA president Marie O’Toole attended the AGM and said she’d been in Cork the week before at an afternoon tea with Buttevant Guild marking their 60th anniversary. 

Ms O’Toole described local guilds as ICA’s life blood and said her own busy schedule doesn’t stop her attending as many of her own guild meetings as possible. 

She’s a member of Portmarnock Guild, which has 125 members. 

She flagged upcoming events — the ICA AGM at Sheraton Hotel, Athlone on May 14 and the garden party at An Grianán (with fashion show by Shaws) on July 8.

Cork Federation president Deirdre Hickey urged members to use their ICA cards to get 10% discounts in participating shops, pointing out that doing so would earn them back their membership fee in no time. 

Encouraging Cork ICA ladies to go to An Grianán, she said she wants them to fill the place for one week next year. 

She also wants guilds to work with their vice-presidents and hopes to have one information officer serving every three guilds. She confirmed Special Olympics Cork as the federation-nominated charity for next year.


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