Carrick-on-Suir ICA Guild was honoured on the occasion of its 50th anniversary with a reception accorded by the town’s mayor Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald.
Cllr Fitgerald hosted the reception at the Guild’s meeting place, the St Nicholas Parish Community Hall in Greenside last week.
Guild President Phil Coffey welcomed the large attendance to the function including current and past members; Lily Barrett, South Tipperary ICA Federation Vice President and invited guests from the neighbouring Faugheen Guild.
She thanked Fr. Edmond Cullinan PP for use of the room in the Parish Hall and for the excellent refurbishment after the recent flood damage.
Phil spoke of how she became involved in ICA through her mother Maureen O’Neill, who was a founder member of the Guild. Cllr Fitzgerald said it was an honour for him to be given the opportunity to recognise the achievement of the ICA Guild’s wonderful achievement of 50 years of outstanding community involvement, not alone of dedicated hard work but also much fun and great memories.
He said he had reason to call on the Guild a number of times during his community activities and they could always be relied upon to come up trumps. The Mayor recalled important events in the town like the Nissan Classics in the 1980s and the Tour de France in 1998 when the ICA kept the flag flying. He particularly recalled a former member, Sheila Carton, who persistent and eventually successful efforts made Ormond Castle more available to the public.
To commemorate the occasion, Mayor Fitzgerald presented the Guild with a framed certificate recognising its members significant contribution to the social and cultural life of Carrick-on-Suir.
Fr. Cullinan PP congratulated the Guild on its contribution to the local community over the past 50 years.
He said the ICA has been a force for good in the life of Ireland during the past century and recalled his experience of the ICA during his youth, as his mother was an ICA member in Dungarvan.
Fr Cullinan said the local guild was obviously flourishing and he wished it well for the next fifty years.
Following the formal proceedings, guests enjoyed a delicious array of homemade refreshments provided by the members.