This year Sept 2018-June 2019

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Congratulations to Patsy Mitchell, our new President  2019-2020

Breda Ahern will be Vice-Pres. and              Claire Magee, our new Secretary.
                                        Preliminary Report back from this year's AGM. The Meeting ended in postponement. New date 25th November 2019. (Guild Voting Delegate was Rachel Gillen)

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Annual Invitation from Helen Morrow (Guild Yoga Instructor) .Helen is facilitating outdoor simple yoga in MARLAY AND ST ENDA’S PARKS (main carparks are meeting places both venues) on Monday  and Tuesday mornings this June and July. Starting date 10 June at Marley at 10.15am sharp .     If late the company will be in either of the wall gardens.

All ICA guild members , their family and friends are most welcome.  Keep morning free, class lasts 1 -1/2 hours, with option for coffee afterwards.  You can leave early if necessary,
Wear comfy clothes and shoes, prepare for all weathers, bring raincoat and sunhat, glasses and sun screen and a plastic bag with something in it to make a seat. No mat required. Cost? voluntary contribution for charity – (and own coffee money)

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This year the Mary Clarke Trophy was awarded  to Rachel Gillen.   

Rachel wrote and essay on “Your Favourite Irish Heroine of the last 100 years”. Her favourite heroine was Katy Taylor the boxing sportsperson.

Also at our Meeting on 25th MAY  we were delighted that “Beezie”A  Comic One Woman Drama  by Sheila Flitton was preformed for us ( the Humours and Trials of Beezie’s Life Story).    It was presented in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre earlier this year and awarded 5 Stars by critics and theatre goers alike.                                                                                             
Our AGM 2019 was held on May 9.    SALLY ANN FLANAGAN, Personal Stylist at House of Fraser made a popular return to  the Guild for an evening of fashion, beauty and fun following our business Meeting.  
Our ANNUAL OUTING was held on Sat. 13th April to                          
Sheamus Heaney’s Childhood Homeland. Joan Allen wrote the following about our day out.  Thanks Joan.

Yesterday we had the privilege of heading North to tour Seamus Heaney Country on the exact date of his 80th Birthday!  We were blessed with a dry, energising day.  Setting out punctually at 8.30 a.m., leaving Marlay in our new 191 bus, we headed North, via Newry and from there we journeyed to Armagh  , where we stopped for a welcomed cup of tea/coffee and scones.

Armagh seemed a most interesting place and it whetted our appetites for a return visit in the future.  Travelling through the towns of Dungannon and Cookstown, we then arrived in Magherafelt where we stopped to collect our accredited Seamus Heaney specialist guide, Eugene Kielt.

Together with his wife, Eugene runs a five star guesthouse in Magherafelt. He told us that Aidrian Dunbar (currently starring in “Line of Duty”) was staying there with them that very night!
We proceeded to Castledawson, where Seamus spent his childhood and attended school.  We saw the Catholic Church there which was the first church to be constructed after the Ulster Plantation. It was built one mile outside the town.

Opposite this church is a football pitch where Seamus’s uncle, a famous footballer played.  Seamus, himself, was good at everything except football, but he wrote the poem “The Point” to commemorate his uncle’s expertise. Our guide then played that poem for us, narrated by Seamus Heaney himself.  As we progressed on our journey, stopping at various places of significance in the writings, Eugene, our guide, explained and played the following poems for us:

Dan Taggart.        Clearances.           A Constable Calls.         Electric Light.  In the Attic.  To Mick Joyce in Heaven.   Markings.           Mid-term Break.   The Forge.  Digging.    Out of the Bag.   Mossbawn Sunlight.

During our travels we passed the demesne which was previously owned by Major Chichester Clarke in Myola Park, Castledawson. We also saw the derelict buildings which once housed the linen workers.

The linen mill was owned by the Clarke family and we were informed that they were good employers.

Our visit to Seamus Heaney’s grave was a moving experience.  Seamus is interred in a little enclave in the graveyard very close to where his parents and his younger brother, Christopher (as referred to in the poem “Mid-term Break”) are resting.

The tombstone simply reads: 


The inscription on the bottom of Seamus’s tombstone is quite thought-provoking “Walk on air against your better judgement”After paying our respects to the Heaney Family, we proceeded to the Heaney’s Home-Place and Exhibition Centre. It is a fascinating place to visit. We saw the actual pen which Seamus Heaney held which inspired his poem “Digging.”  There are many examples of Seamus’s handwritten poems on display there, together with numerous books and artefacts from the past.  The Centre is very well appointed, being bright, spacious and there is a lovely viewing bay from which you can view part of the surrounding countryside which inspired our great writer.

The Centre also has a cafe!
We reluctantly had to leave this inspiring Centre and start on our homeward bound journey via Belfast. Our final call was to the Valley Inn at Dunleer where we enjoyed a delicious dinner before resuming our journey.
Sincere thanks to Rachel, our President and our Committee for organising such a wonderfully enjoyable day.

ARMAGH’S HISTORIC MALL (in the background not me!!)



Ann O’Dea, Flower Arranger, inspired us with “Flowers for Easter”.   Ann is loved by many and her art gives so much pleasure.   It was an inspiring and relaxing evening.   It was good to see Sheila Hurley in the audience. 

Spring this year in Marlay brought us two of our most important Meetings.  They are long standing events for all ICA Guilds:For International Night Marlay chose The Netherlands.   Orange was the colour of the evening and a competition was held for best dressed ladies

Sr Margaret came 1st , Angelan  Whelan took 2nd and Joyce Tanner-Walshe 3rd prize.  Photo below:

also in the picture is Laura our International Officer and Colette who both organised the evening.    There was Dutch Cuisine and a bottle of Heineken for everyone.  There were many aspects to this evening making it a great success.


Our IRISH NIGHT(March 14) which always is held around St Patrick’s Day – what en event:  plenty of  Ceol agus Craic.  A lively St Patrick’s celebration of music and dance  Sean O’Brien brought six Ceolthas musicians and singers.  Angeline Whelan of               The Irish National Folk Group (link) organised for Alan and his four companions to dance. Members joined in some of the dances and choruses of songs known to them.


At our second Meeting in February Cathi Fleming gave us a talk ” Irish Heroine of the French Resistance (Sr. Kate McCarthy from Cork)”.  Kate Mc Carthy saved over 200 men from the Gestapo in France during WW2. She was a leading light in the Paris Women’s Resistance Movement. As a nurse, she had access to the wounded soldiers. As a nun and Irish citizen, she used her contacts to set up an escape route for soldiers, using safe houses. In 1941 Sr Kate was arrested and sentenced to death. Later this was commuted to Life Imprisonment. She was one of 6 women who got medals out of 2,000, who were active in The Paris Resistance. She died in 1971 aged 76yrs. She received post-humous Award from De Gaulle + a Le Chat Award from South of France. Truly one of the great Irish women of 20th century.



For Valentine’s Evening (March 14) Amanda of Elemis in Harvey Nicholls, Dundrum Town Centre gave us a “Skincare Evening” .    Amanda is soknowledgeable about skin care (call to see her in DTC) and she will be happy to help with your skincare.                              Laura was our model for the evening. There was a raffle and Kay White won 1st prize of Elemis Creams and Treatments.


At our second Meeting in January 2019 we met Deirdre OMara,
proprietor of Cornucopia (link here). She gave us a useful overview of preparation and benefits of Vegetarianism and Veganism and their relevance in our food consumption. Members had tastings of several dishes and received a booklet of recipes to bring home. Emphasis was on fresh wholesome food to promote good health and well-being for all the family.
We had our first meeting on Thursday 10th January. It was a very successful start to a healthy NEW YEAR. Lily Philips was the guest for the evening and had us all fit and happy to “do something” for the coming seasons. Here’s hoping for a good summer:
Start of 2019 – Keep-fit Evening: Colette and Mary give a helping had to Lilly Philips


Our Guild Christmas Party  was held last  Friday .   It was held at Stackstown Golf Club on Kellystown Road Related image  Message from Rachel follows: “Congrats + thanks to everyone for the super Xmas Party. Organisation was superb.  Enjoyed every moment of it. Thanks to all who donated gifts to raffle. Well done especially to Laura on festive raffle, Colette on kriskindels and Enda + Lily on their very important + busy work at the entrance.”  

Marlay Guild ……..     

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                          hosted Dublin Federation’s Meeting at the Riu Gresham Hotel on Wed. 5th December.  Our crafts exhibit was much admired.  We say thanks to Colette and Laura.   The flower arrangement created by Sheila for Dublin Federation’s top table was the raffle prize  for the evening.   It was won by Federation President Joan Canning.

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A Dublin Federation meeting was held at the Riu Gresham Hotel last night. It was hosted by Marlay Guild. Their Guild President Rachel Gillen welcomed everyone and spoke about the history of Marlay Guild.

It was founded in 1993 so they celebrated their 25th anniversary this year. Rosemary Curlander was the ICA advisor who came out and helped them set the guild up. At one stage they had 160 members but currently have 115 members. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday every month at Marlay Church Parish Centre. Their theme for their crafts display was “At Home For Members”.

During the meeting, members were told of the necessity to have their membership fees into Head Office by 1st January 2019.
The Dublin Federation Gem Pack Competition will take place at the next Federation on 21st February 2019. This time it is for an Oxford Lunch which must be made in a 2 lb loaf tin using Gem Pack ingredients.

Some photos of the evening:

An Grianan Christmas Craft Day – date Wed 12th Dec (booking now – contact Mary Mc Sweeney)

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At our last Guild Meeting of 2018 we were delighted that Fr. Brian D’Arcy  was our guest.     A writer, newspaper columnist, broadcaster, and preacher who has led an exciting and interesting life.    Photos below

Also that evening we remembered Guild Members and their friends who have passed away in recent years.
 Our CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION was held at our Meeting on 22nd November (photo of winning entries below) Competition  run by Laura Malone :  the winning entries are below
1st Prize Eileen McGowan, 2nd Prize Rita O’Regan (Rita’s entry is being held by the competition judge Di Ryan) and 3rd Prize Eileen Mc Namara

On 10th November  27 Guild members and friends went to Kildare Village and enjoyed it very much

Guild Meeting on 8th November :    Jim ClarkenOur Guest on that night was Jim Clarken, CEO -Oxfam Ireland.   Jim will told us  all about Oxfam’s work in South Sudan , how it works and what they hope to achieve in the future with your help .    A charming person, Lylah set up display etc for the Meeting.

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BOOK CLUB: Their Meetings are scheduled for 3rd Thursday each month at 7.30pm  – (membership rule applies).   Contact Fidelma for information: They read for  October’s Meeting “The Clock Maker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton
At our Meeting on 25th Oct we celebrated Halloween with a Quiz Night (Fun/Socialising Night organised by the Committee ).  New members were especially looked after.    
👍The Committee under our Guild President Rachel ran the very successful evening.   
Laura who help organise the evening with Colette and Mary pictured below
Questions were prepared by  Lily(Rathfarnham), Colette(Music), Mary(Food & Cookery), Enda (General & Current Affairs), Laura(Place Names),  (Flora and Fauna)andJessica(photo round),……photos of evening below
1st prize winners with Colette and Mary


Enda and Lily checked the answers.


Opening first prizes


more prizes being enjoyed

joint second prize winners


joint 2nd prize winners

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On  October 11th  Sinéad Ryan, journalist  spoke to the Guild about consumer affairs                                                                                                                                     We asked Sinéad many questions about day to day family topics.  She had all the answers giving us an very informative night.    Thanks Sinéad from us all.
Sinead Ryan being thanked, on our behalf, by Collette Appleby
Also on that night two of our members Phyl  Dollard and Monica Daffy collected Babushka gift boxes from our members for the charity Pashli (    Good work ladies  – pictures below:


More gifts donated at following Meeting on 25 Oct

Image result for clip artImage result for clip artAt the Meeting held on Thursday 27th Sept., our guest was Betty Purcell talking about her book “Inside RTE  –  a memoir”.   She gave us a very entertaining evening recalling her working life with RTE and other stages in her life.  Such a charming lady –

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enjoying a chat a great ICA tradition


Una gives a vote of thanks
There was a jam making contest also that night.  Laura Malone our Competitions Promoter ran the event.             The results were as follows:

Enda Hughes 1st prize:  Rita O’Regan 2nd prize :      Elma Clarke 3rd prize and  Highly Commended was Mary Dillon.

Congratulations Ladies

The lineup of entries


Elma 3rd prize and Enda 1st prize winners with Laura 


Our YOGA classes have recommenced.   You have to be a fully paid up member to participate.   There may be places in the early class on Wed at 6pm.  Interested contact Lily Farrelly.

Here are some photos for our first Guild Meeting this year –  our scheduled guest was unable to attend (illness – we wish her well and a speedy recovery).   As usual the Meeting got off to a very busy start, but no nerves were on show from our President, Rachel and secretary Angeline and Laura our Crafts Promoter.

Business went through as usual and the guest’s place was substituted by Joe Johnston & Friends.
Joe Johnston & Friends
Great music, singing and dancing .   We had the usual cup of tea at evening’s end.
The wonderful summer of 2018  is ending and autumn approaches – our first autumn Meeting was held on Thursday 14th September.  Doors open at 7.30 pm and the venue is Parish Centre,  Marley Grange (mobile 086 051 0832):

Members arriving at Meeting –

INTERESTED IN JOINING US ? please note: the fee for the remainder of this year -up to 31st December 2018 – is only €32.  

Rachel Gillen,  our President

Rachel introduced her Committee and presented her Programme for the coming ICA Year up to June 2019 at the first Meeting in September 2019.    It promises to be a very entertaining and interesting time.

Committee 2018-2019 is:

Mary Mc Sweeney PRO is our Vice Presi., An Grianan and Timra Gaeilge


Guild Secretary/Web Pages is Angeline Whelan


Colette Appleby is our Crafts Promoter


International Officer and Competitions
is Laura Malone


Our Arts Promoter is Enda Hughes


Lily Farrelly is our Leisure Promoter and Joint Timra Gaeilge


Veronica Gavin is our Treasurer


Pauline Kierans is Produce Promoter and  Catering


Jessica Hanney looks after Web 


and here are Pauline’s team, who cater for the Guild at each Meeting :
Marie Crowley


Isobel Grey


Ann ODonnell