YEAR 2014-2015


REVISED PROGRAMME                              


Visitors and new Members welcome



Thursday 12th   Terry Dolan,

author of “The Dictionary of Hiberno-English “and Emeritus Professor of English NUI

“Why the Irish speak English, and how”

Thursday 26th  Kevin Honan,


“The art of calligraphy with special reference to the Book of Kells and the Camino Book”                                                                                                   



Thursday 9th  Colm O’Mongain,(revised date) RTE Journalist, editor and co-presenter of Sunday’s “This Week” radio programme

“1916 Commerations”


Thursday 23rd John Grenham, (revised date)                                                                     John’s website:

author of “Tracing Your Irish Ancestors” and IrishTimes Columnist

“access guidelines to state records of births, mariages and deaths”


Special Craft Workshop with Ann Fleeton, textile artist .         Saturday, April 25th at Marley Parish Centre

Please contact Ann O’Dea (crafts promoter)at a Guild Meeting about places on course.  Reservations List open



Thursday 14th

AGM and Birthday Party


Thursday 28th Majella O’Donnell,(new speaker)

author of “It Is All In The Head”, businesswoman, singer, reality television star and the wife of entertainer Daniel O’Donnell.




Thursday 11th   To be announced

The Committee will make every effort to keep to this programme.   However, changes may have to be made if speakers or venues are unavailable through unforeseen circumstance


SEPTEMBERThursday 11th                                                                                                                                                                               Dr. Lorraine Fitzsimons D’Arcy,DCU School of   Health and Human Performance

“Walking for health”

Thursday 25th                                                                                                                                                                                Eanna Ni Lamhna, DIT, author of Wild Dublin(O’Brien Press) and panellist since 1995 on Mooney Goes Wild (RTE Radio 1- Fridays)

“The impact of humans on common wildlife”



Thursday 9th

Diarmaid Fleming, Journalist BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 man inDublin and RTE

“From Marley to Moscow and from Russia to Rush – twenty years reporting and how to engineer a career in journalism”

Thursday 23rd

Aidan Moran, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Director of Psychology Research Laboratory at UCD

“Staying Sharp: Practical Tips on Memory and Concentration”



Thursday 13

Morgan Gibbs, Artist

“Adventure travels”

Thursday 27

Deirdre Purcell, Author, Journalist and RTE Broadcaster

“My life and times”



Thursday 11th



Thursday 8th

Michael O’Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent for Irish Times

“Reflections on Ireland and some of its Personalities”

Thursday 22nd

Bryan Fanning, Professor and Head of the School of Applied Social Studies at UCD

“Books that shaped a nation”



Thursday 12th

Eileen Dunne, Broadcaster and RTE Newscaster has been working in the RTE Newsroom for 30 years. She is now sole anchor of RTE’s flagship NINE NEWS.

The Changing Face of News’ – personal and professional reflections”

Thursday 26th

Kitty Scully, Organic Gardener & Environmental/Horticultural Educator at Airfield, Dundrum

“Spring into action”



Thursday 12th

Terence Dolan, author of The Dictionary of Hiberno-English and Emeritus Professor of English, N.U.I.

Why the Irish speak English, and how”


Thursday 26th

Kevin Honan, Calligrapher




Thursday 9th

Jerry Kiernan, Olympian, runner, and RTE sports panellist


Thursday 23rd

Moira Reilly,   Harper Collins Group Publicity Manager /Ireland (retired 2014)

“Life as a Publicist

April 25th               

Saturday Craft Workshop with Ann Fleeton,textile artist



Thursday 14th

AGM and Birthday Party

Thursday 28th

John Grenham, author of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors and Irish Times columnist

Access guidelines to state records of births, marriages and deaths”



Thursday 11th         

Colm O’Mongain, Journalist and Editor and co-presenter of ‘This Week’, RTÉ’s longest-running News & Current Affairs programme.

“1916 Commemorations”



  • Crafts – Monday 10-12noon
  • Book Club – Monthly Meeting – third Thursday 8-9pm       
  • Yoga – Wednesday 8-9.30pm  
  • Choir Courses will be held during our year in art, crafts, photography, gardening and

getting the best from your Notebook/Tablet (subject to demand from members).

  • Group visits to An Grianan
  • Guild Outings
  • Access to ICA National and Federation events and competitions
Marlay presidents through the years

ICA (poem by Rachel Gillen*)   

Inspirational   intelligent   inter-denominational

Companionable   charitable   cheerful

Accomplished   active   admirable

Integrating   involving   investigating

Cultured   co-operative   cordial

Accepting   affirmative   advocating

Introductions   instructions   involvements

Connections   competitions   committees

Achievable   accountable   affordable

All these characteristics and attributes

Accompanied by a chat and a cup of tea

Rachel Gillen won The Mary Clarke Memorial Cup 2012-2013 with this poem. (see our competitions page for 2013-14 on this web site)

Guild Meetings are held on second and fourth Thursday each month at 7:30 p.m (September – June). New members are always welcome to join us. Our email is: and our phone number is 086 0510832.