KNOCKRAHA I.C.A. Report for year 2013

We held our A.G.M. in Knockraha Community Centre on  May 1. The following officers were elected. President Kathleen Dillon, Assistant Agnes Kelleher: Secretary Joan O’Donoghue. assistant Kathleen O’Brien :Treasurer Sheila Fitzgerald, assistant Mary Holland: Arts/Crafts promoter Margaret Mason, assistant Mary O’Brien,  PRO Kathleen O’Brien. During the past year , some members attended craft classes with Nuala Stack at Silversprings Hotel. Art classes were held in the hall with Noreen Gleeson ; on Wednesday night for members and on Thursday for non members. Work nights were also  held in Knitting and crochet.
During these sessions  we completed twenty seven blankets, a hundred baby caps and twelve matinee jackets  which we later presented to Dave Higgins  to be sent out to UNICEF in Syria, where his daughter Ettie is their CEO. Our more recent project has been crocheting fifty coordinating sets of blankets and caps for the neonatal units of the maternity hospitals of CUH, Holles Street and Waterford. As Christmas approaches we are working on a wallhanging to be hung in the Church porch and we hope to assist in the decoration of the Church as we usually do.
In ICA competitions we were very successful on Federation Day this year  with  Margaret Mason winning a first prize in the Still Life category, another first in Decoupage and  second prize for her  seascape. Sheila Fitzgerald’s  crocheted child’s jumper got first prize and Mary P. Murphy came joint third for her seascape.We entered a team for the I.C.A. Table Quiz East Cork section, which was  held in Leamlara and got through to the County Federation Final. The team was Mary P. Murphy, Agnes Kelleher, Mary Holland and Kathleen O’Brien. Sheila Fitzgerald, her daughters Elaine and Kathleen, Kathleen Dillon, Joan O’Donoghue and Mary P. Murphy  travelled with the Diocesan  pilgrimage to Lourdes as helpers  in 2012 and 2013 . Sheila also represented Cork Federation at a presentation at An Grianan in the national literary competition entitled “Love Story” . Socially, we went to Donegal for a four day trip, taking in Glenveagh National Park and the Doagh  Famine village.
We went as a group to celebrate Women’s Little Christmas Night at Midleton Park Hotel with dinner and Crystal Swing and on October 17 we were back there again to celebrate our thirty fifth anniversary. Once again this year for our charity fundraising we held our Easter Hamper Raffle instead of the sponsored walk that we used to do. Four hampers, wine and easter eggs were raffled, raising €1200 which was divided equally between Marymount Hospice and the I.C.A. Charity of the year, The Guide Dogs Association.
During the year too, we catered for people attending  the unveiling of a plaque at the site of the local creamery which  had been run by the Dairy Science Faculty of U.C.C.
New members are very welcome to come along to our monthly meetings in the Community Centre on the first Wednesday night of every month at 8.00pm. Information can be had from our Secretary Joan O’Donoghue 4821834, PRO Kathleen O’Brien 4822483 or any committee member.
Two new  County Cork guilds have opened in 2013 in Killeagh and Kinsale where the average age is well under forty!
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