Five founder members were present when the
Powerstown/Lisronagh guild of the Irish Countrywomenâ€™s Association (ICA) celebrated its 40th anniversary recently.
Current members Nancy Lennon, Marie Hurley, Pat Corbett, Ann Oâ€™Brien and Maura Oâ€™Donovan were among the 52 members when the present guild was inaugurated on December 3 1974.
The first meeting was held at Powerstown Park racecourse. The first president was Maura Oâ€™Donovan, secretary was Nancy Lonergan and Kathleen Fitzpatrick was treasurer. An ICA guild had previously existed in Powerstown/Lisronagh parish until 1948, when it lapsed.
The present guildâ€™s wonderful 40 years of friendship, fun and creativity were celebrated with a dinner at Hotel Minella, when federation president Peggy Oâ€™Brien was guest of honour.
The branch has provided education in its broadest spectrum with craftwork, drama, dance and sport. Its greatest achievements include winning the All-Ireland Amazing Grace dance competition in the National Concert Hall, Dublin and when Maureen Ryan of Ballyvaughan won the All-Ireland hand knitting competition.
Donations are made to charities including Breast Cancer Research, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, South Tipp General Hospital and the parish church funds. Thanks are extended to each member, past and present and their families.
Monthly meetings are held in the Church of the Resurrection Hall, Clonmel at 8pm on the first Wednesday of each month. The varied programme offers something for everyone with courses in art, yoga, jewellery-making and flower-arranging as well as talks on gardening, self-improvement, local history and health issues. New members are welcome and they can be assured of a warm welcome.