The annual ICA Federation Day was held in Halla na Feile, Cashel, on Friday last with a packed gathering of members from all over South Tipperary.
This was an opportunity for guilds to showcase and celebrate their achievements in various guild and community projects. It also gave members the opportunity of displaying arts and crafts, home baking and produce.
Later that evening, members staged a very entertaining concert and much fun and laughter was had by one and all. Federation Arts and Craft promoters Mrs Phil Coffey and Mrs Kay Maher of Carrick on Suir ICA were delighted with the response from the guilds. Mrs. Lily Barrett, Federation Entertainment Officer co-ordinated the evening’s entertainment programme and did a splendid job as MC.
Two members of The Traditional Lacemakers of Ireland travelled from Cork to present Mrs. Marie Creane from Fethard ICA with a FETAC Certificate enabling her to train craft trainers. Mrs. Veronica Stewart, chairperson, who made the presentation said their members come from all over the country and that the Belfast Lacemakers very often join them in Cork. They were in Halla na Feile, at the invitation of renowned craftswoman and teacher Mrs. Phil Dwyer of South Tipperary ICA, to make the presentation to Marie.
Veronica added that: “we know Marie Creane to be a very fine craftswoman. She has polished up all her skills in studying for the Teaching Diploma - each stage of the programme was overseen by external examiners. She is now qualified to teach people how to become teachers.” Mrs. Eleanor Power, who travelled with her, is an expert in Limerick Lace. Mrs. Kathleen Sheedy, whose speciality is in dressmaking, is a member of Moycarkey ICA. She believes people are returning to dressmaking and alterations in the present economic climate - as seen on ICA Bootcamp.
The visitors from Cork were warmly welcomed by the Federation President, Mrs. Peggy O’Brien. She congratulated Marie on receiving her FETAC Level 6 Award and said her fellow members were very proud of her achievement in receiving ‘distinction’ in all aspects of the course. In reply Marie added her thanks to the two ladies from Cork. She thanked Mrs. Dwyer for encouraging her to go forward for the teaching diploma. She also thanked Mrs. O’Brien and fellow members for the warmth of their congratulations.
At the end of the evening Mrs. Peggy O’Brien thanked her fellow officers for all their help in making arrangements for the Federation Day. She also thanked the guilds for their exhibitions and entertainment and for entering so wholeheartedly into the spirit of the day. Each guild received a certificate from head office acknowledging their contribution to what turned out to be a very enjoyable day.