ICA National President Elizabeth Wall was in Cashel last Wednesday to mark South Tipperary ICA’s annual Federation Day.
The Federation Day showcase s guild activities including crafts and produce.
The event was organised to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of “An Grianan”; the ICA’s adult learning centre and cultural home. Upon arrival, Mrs. Wall was greeted by Mrs. Peggy O’Brien, ICA Federation President and was treated to a feast of splendid displays of arts, crafts and photographs. South Tipperary Arts & Crafts Officers, Mrs. Phil Coffey and Mrs Kay Maher organised the Federation Day, by getting local guilds to share their memories of trips to An Grianan. On the day, there were even reminders of the important role ICA, in Tipperary, played in the opening of the centre. Miss. Alice Ryan (known affectionately as Miss Alice), a Tipperary woman was in fact National President of ICA, when An Grianan was opened by President Sean T. O’Kelly back in 1954. Throughout the early evening, Mrs Wall visited each of the displays and praised guilds on the excellence and quality of the work on show. Later, Mrs. Wall presented certificates of congratulations to long serving ICA members, in recognition of their tremendous contribution to ICA. Speaking after the presentation, Mrs Wall spoke of how pleased she was with the ICA’s progress and noted that this is a special year for the ICA and An Grianan.
She told the audience that RTE and the ‘Brennan Brothers’ were preparing a special programme focusing on ‘An Grianan’ and its contribution to Irish country and urban life. This programme is due to be aired in the New Year. During ‘Questions and Answers’ time, Mrs. Marie Hurley of the Powerstown/ Lisronagh Guild and a former Federation President, raised the concerns of ICA Members, over the issue of ‘patients on trolleys’ and in particular the situation at South Tipperary General Hospital. She asked what ICA nationally is doing about this matter, which is of grave concern to ICA members not just in South Tipperary. After some animated discussions, those present were treated to some lively entertainment, provided by the guilds. The evening concluded with a welcome cup of tea. South Tipperary Federation was founded in 1941 and currently has 23 Guilds. Craft workshops are held in the Museum in Clonmel and in the Cashel Library. Our members support the Clonmel Show and the Clerihan Food Festival.