YEAR 2016-2017

The Mary Clarke Competition was held at our meeting on the 11th May 2017.

This year’s competition was to  ‘Write a Thank You Letter about the Guild’  50 -100 words.

Judges for the competition were Miriam and Yvonne Clarke daughters of the late Mary. Winners were, 1st Prize Rita O’Regan, 2nd Prize Clare Magee, 3rd Prize Patsy Mitchell.

**************************************************************************Our Guild Meeting on Thursday 25 May 2017 at 20.00 hrs will be our last until after the summer break and will be held in the Marlay Parish Centre.

Our Guest Speaker is Anne Russell Actress & Public Speaker and the discussion will be “Public speaking and Presentation”


Summer Yoga 2017

Helen Morrow publishes her Summer Yoga 2017 schedule ; click on this link for all of the details  Summer Yoga 2017 

**************************************************************************Dublin Federation ICA is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017. To mark the occasion there will be a Gala Dinner in the Gresham Hotel O’Connell St on Friday October 6th @ 8pm. This will be preceded by a cocktail reception @ 7.30pm.There will be music and a free raffle. They will be sold on a first come first served basis and will go on sale at the Federation meeting on Thursday(Feb.23rd) in The Gresham Hotel.

Following enquiries, Federation President Mary Melia, discussed and agreed  special room rates at the Gresham Hotel for ICA Members for our Federation 70th. Birthday Celebration Gala Dinner on Friday, October 6th 2017.

The rate for a single room  for B&B is €145. (Normally €202 ).
The rate for a double room for B&B is €165. (Normally €235 ).

If you are booking accommodation please remind the Gresham of ICA’s special rates.

Tickets are limited in number. As the event is being subsidised from Federation funds, only paid up members may attend.Tickets cost €45 – Included : Cocktail Reception, Four course dinner, Musical entertainment and a free raffle.

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Birdwatching Event

The outing on Saturday 13th May 2017 with Eric Dempsey aka ‘The Birdman’  was fully subscribed This wonderful birdwatching event took place near the seaside in the Kilcoole & Newcastle area.

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Our Guild Meeting on Thursday 11th May 2017 was our AGM.

Our President Sheila Hurley welcomes all new Committee Members for the coming year and thanked the outgoing Committee members.

This also marked the 24th Birthday of the Marlay ICA Guild  and a beautiful birthday cake was made by Mary McSweeney.

There was a fantastic display of Crafts that were made by Guild Members over the year.



Crafts Day – Gingham Embroidery

The recent Gingham Embroidery Crafts Day was a great success and everyone who attended had a fantastic day. Many Thanks to our Guild members who organised and facilitated this event.


International Night 2017

Our International Night was held on Thursday 27th April 2017.

Nathalie-Zoé Fabert,  Cooperation Attaché For French Language at The Embassy of France 🇫🇷, Ireland, was the guest speaker.  

Our President thanks our International Officer, Mary White for facilitating this event, as well as all of the Guild Members who helped to make the night such a great success.



Eric Luke Photographer for the Irish Times was our guest speaker at our Guild Meeting on Thursday 6th April 2017.

Eric’s topic was “The man behind the camera”  and we had a wonderful night looking at the photos and hearing about the stories behind many moments captured by Eric over his career.           

And, there was a fantastic level of interest by our members in the  Photograph Competition that was adjudicated by Eric on the night.  


Visit to the DAIL

Marlay Guild had a very enjoyable visit to The DAIL on Tuesday, 28th March 2017.

Marlay Guild Outing to Kilkenny,  Saturday 25th March 2017

The coach was organised, tea/coffee & scones were had on the way down. We visited Kilkenny Castle and took a Castle express trip , and had some time set aside for shopping. And, on the way back we finished our day out with a lovely Dinner.

**************************************************************************At our Guild Meeting on Thursday 23rd March 2017 our Guest Speaker was  Mick Heaney Journalist and Radio Columnist for the Irish Times and , son of Seamus Heaney. 

Mick spoke on “My father’s famous last words”    as well as giving us  a tour de force  including some wonderful memories from the world of Radio.   


At our Guild meeting on Thursday 9th March 2017 our Guest Speaker  Paul Hurley , Hypnotist & Author gave us an insightful and very interesting talk on “The Power of Depression”

**************************************************************************“Art with Justo”

Here are some photos from the fantastic Craft Day Outing to Justo’s (Justine Prendergast) workshop on  Saturday 18th February 2017.




Our Guest Speaker on Thursday 23rd February 2017 was Eric Dempsey aka ‘The Birdman’.

Eric is Ireland’s leading expert on Birds. He is author of 8 books on Ireland’s birds and National Heritage.  As well as introducing us to   his latest ‘Don’t Die in Autumn : A Memoir’  Eric presented many fantastic photos that he had taken of rare and beautiful birds as well as much loved species.


Our Guild Meeting on Thursday 9th February 2017 was a Discourse on ……Ireland as a Global Leader in Forward Inward Investment(FID),  International Economics, Politics , History,  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), The Internet-of-Everything, Education, the Human Factor in Business…and much more besides.

We were privileged to hear the personal insights from Experience at the highest level , brought to us by our Guest Speaker Padraic White,  the former Managing Director of the Industrial Development Authority and first Chairman of the Luas.

**************************************************************************What a fantastic night at our meeting on 26th January 2017 !

Our Guest Speaker Solicitor Bernadette Parte explained the ins- and-outs of legal topics that our members had especially asked about.

And after all that , Bernadette kept the room buzzing with a brilliant Q&A session on Inheritance Planning and other items of interest!

**************************************************************************Sally Anne Flanagan ,  Personal Shopper with House of Fraser Dundrum was our Guest Speaker on Thursday 12th January 2017

What a Treat!

Contour, Colour, Fit , Style ….every person in the room that night took away a Gem of information that she hadn’t heard before …… as well as having lots of fun!



Our President Sheila Hurley and our PRO Annette Hanney present a cheque to Brother Kevin Crowley. Thanks to all supporters of our Marlay Guild Christmas Floral Demonstration and our raffles which amounted to €3,620.   Thank You Letter


Our Christmas Party on 8th December 2016 was a Great Success!

Thank You to all our Members who came along on the night to celebrate together, sit down to a lovely supper, shared Kris Kindles, danced, sang and recited.

Here are some photos of our Guild Members, Entertainers and Chefs

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