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Weekly News Roundup - Sunday 11 Jan 2009

ICA Guild celebrates 60th anniversary

TINRYLAND ICA GUILD will be celebrating the 60th Anniversary of its foundation on Tuesday next, 13 January, in the Seven Oaks Hotel. The celebration will commence with an Ecumenical Service followed by dinner. The Guild extends a warm welcome to past members who would like to celebrate this milestone with them.
The guild is one of the oldest in Co. Carlow. It was formed in January 1949 just 3 _ years after the end of World War II. At that first meeting in 1949 the guild was fortunate in enrolling up to forty members.
Today the guild has a membership of almost 30. The ICA is the largest women's organisation in Ireland and was founded in 1910. It has certainly stood the test of time and currently boasts 15,000 members with a guild in almost every town and village in the country.
When the Tinryland guild was established in 1949, it met on a monthly basis in the old hall in Tinryland village. It offered a social and educational outlet to women from the parish and surrounding areas.
The late 1940s, when the guild was established, was a very different era to the Noughties of today. Just four years following the end of the war, people were accustomed to making ends meet and doing without, having lived through the war
with ration books and shortages of things like tea. Rural electrification was only commencing so most homes and farms did not yet have electricity and piped water was a rarity. Tasks in the home were done manually – there were no washing
machines, dishwashers, electric cookers or electric mixers. Outside in the yard cows were milked by hand, the cream was churned by hand to make the butter and the harvest was a labour intensive operation requiring manpower for the thresh-
ing day. Married women did not work outside the home, which was no wonder with the amount of work required to keep the home running smoothly. People had more time for each other and knew how to keep themselves entertained. They rambled and visited neighbours, talked, played music, danced, played cards and put on dramatic shows.

The secretary of the guild in 1949 was Mrs. Betty Cole. Her annual report prepared in December of that first year makes interesting reading and gives a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of that time. “In its short existence, the guild has
become a social centre where women meet to discuss problems, which affect the rural community and assist one another in a variety of ways. Also important is the opportunity which the guild affords to brighten country life, and it is a new departure and a
happy augury for the future having regard to all that has been said concerning the flight from the land, that the guild numbers among its members several persons from the town of Carlow”.
During that first year the guild arranged talks and demonstrations “of great practical interest to members in the various arts and crafts associated with the work of the housewife”. Demonstrations were given in raffia-work, rug making, the trussing of a fowl, screen and lampshade making, rush work, decorations for the home, the use of an electric cooker and the icing of cakes. Among the subjects on which lectures were given were winter egg production, yeast cookery, gardening, life in India, health and hygiene, electricity, first aid and education. At the March 1949 meeting, three films “More eggs from your hens”, Apples from your garden” and “Birds of the Village”, were shown and much appreciated.
On another occasion, the Royal Dublin Society sponsored an illustrated talk on homespuns, given by Miss Muriel Gahan, President of the Irish Homespun Industry Association. Competitions were also an important part of each monthly meeting. Mrs Cole states “They have been
mainly of a practical nature and have proved a pleasant diversion for members during their leisure time”.
Among the activities that took place during the social half hour were community singing, dancing and ring throwing. The guild displayed the arts and crafts work of the members in a stand at the Agricultural Show held in Carlow in September 1949.
As can be seen from Mrs. Cole’s report of the activities of the guild in their first year of 1949, the guild members were indeed kept busy.

In the intervening years the guild has adapted to the changing world around them while still retaining the traditional format of interesting talks and demonstrations intertwined with the social aspect. The ethos of the ICA has not
changed. It is still a place where women meet in a friendly and social atmosphere, exchange ideas, support each other in good times and bad, acquire knowledge on various topics and have fun into the bargain.
More modern and up-to-date thinking has been introduced in the preparation of meetings. An agenda is prepared which outlines correspondence received by the secretary since the previous meeting and an invitation for members
to peruse the correspondence is offered. An accurate attendance at meetings is recorded, as set out in the Constitution, making it possible to arrive at an average attendance for each guild in the County when
requested by the Federation. The present Committee was elected in 2006 and is still in office until June 2009. The President of the Guild is Nuala Phelan, Secretary is Margo Brophy and the Treasurer is
Frances McDonald. The following members were elected to the positions below:
Phil Nolan - Assistant President Marie Byrne - Assistant Secretary International Officer - Betty Grogan Crafts Promoter - Freda O’Neill Sports Officer - Lorna Collier Timire - Carmel O’Dwyer
Press Officer - Terry Turner Contests Secretary - Valerie James Arts Promoter - Rita Hayes
The following is a flavour of the activities enjoyed over the past three years, which are worth mentioning as a comparison between the current and early years of the guild.
In June 2006 the guild organised a coffee morning, the proceeds of which were presented to Fr. Eamonn Hayden, a local priest ministering in Lusaka, Zambia.
For the summer tour of 2006, the venue selected was Lismore Castle and Gardens, and included a visit to Mount Mellary with a detour in the evening, which took the members home via, The Vee, culminating in an evening dinner
in the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny. Over the years a significant part of the meetings is the selection of a Guest Speaker. Topics are suggested and speakers are invited to talk on these topics. Subjects cov-
ered over the last 3 years have been varied and interesting. In October 2006, John McDarby, Safety Officer with Carlow County Council gave a very informative talk on Road Safety and penalty points and dispelled any doubts
in members’minds about the acquisition of penalty points and other related topics. In November 2006 Eamonn Wall, Plant Manager at the Arboretum Home and Garden Centre, Leighlinbridge gave an awe inspiring talk on winter colour in the Garden. He
brought along samples of plants and shrubs suitable for all types of soil and members felt afterwards that it was like attending a course in garden husbandry.
In December 2006 Tinryland ICA took part in an Ecumenical Service organised by Carlow ICA Federation and attended by Fr. Tom Little, Rev. Olivia Williams and National President, Carmel Dawson. These guests who
officiated at the event, recited prayers and readings before all participated in a Carol Service. 2007 saw a further widening of interests when members elected to take part in the National Programme for Sport
and Physical Activity for Older People. Activities such as Line Dancing, Salsa Dancing, 10 Pin Bowling, Yoga, etc. were enjoyed.
In March 2007 the Guest Speaker was Mary Nolan from Ballon who is a Colour Me Beautiful graduate and who enthralled members on the night with knowledge, demonstrations in assembling colour and the opportunity to pur-
chase from a selection of scarves on the night. The summer outing in June of 2007 was a trip to Malahide Castle and a visit to the Model Railway, which is situated in the Grounds of Malahide Castle with the
added pleasure of visiting Tatiana’s Palace on the same Grounds. Members still display their baking and art and craft work at the annual Tullow Show but for the past 2 years, with the cancellation of the show due to the inclement weather,
this opportunity has been denied us. Maybe 2009 will again see the tables at the Tullow Show enriched by the talent and skill, which is abundant among the Tinryland ICA Guild Members.
Moving on to 2008 and the serious planning for the 60th Anniversary of Tinryland ICA commenced. This event will be celebrated on Tuesday next. Several ideas were discussed as to how best to celebrate this very unique occasion and finally it was decided that to produce a
Cookery Book filled with recepies tried and tested by each member would be a fitting tribute to these members when reference was made to the book in years to come.
It is a wonderful souvenir to mark this special occasion and one that can be handed down to the next generation. In addition the proceeds of the book will go to a very worthy cause, the Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare team. On the
anniversary day 13th January 2009 a celebration dinner will be held in the Seven Oaks Hotel.
One of the highlights of this book is the photograph of all members taken on 3rd September 2008 but far more important is the inclusion of two of the original members from that first meeting on 13th January 1949, namely May
Byrne and Rita Hayes. Their contribution to the history of Tinryland Guild is invaluable especially when requested to recall events that only they can recall.
The meetings are still held on the 1st Wednesday of the month but the venue is now Tinryland GAA Clubhouse, where the guild has been welcomed since they moved from their previous venue in Rathcrogue Guest House with meetings also held in keenans of ballinacarrig.
Their first home, Tinryland Hall, is currently being restored and how nice it would be if the guild could move back to the refurbished hall during their 60th year.


To mark the 60th anniversary of Tinryland ICA which occurs on the 13th January 2009, the guild have produced a cookbook. The book was launched last week and is now available from any of the ICA guild members and also at Jim Deane's shop, Tinryland. It contains the favourite recipes of members collected over the years. The book costs 10 euro and the proceeds will be donated to the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care team.

Mrs. Susan Nolan

There was widespread sadness in Tinryland and the surrounding area on the death of respected parishioner Mrs. Susan Nolan at her home on Saturday December 20th. Susan (nee Whelan) was aged 78 years and was a native of Blard Hill, Shillelagh Co. Wicklow.
Daughter of the late Catherine and Thomas Whelan, she was one of a family of sixteen brothers and sisters, who have all predeceased her apart from her brother Martin Whelan.
She married John Nolan of Kilcool 58 years ago and reared her young family there for some time before moving to Tinryland. The death of her husband John in December 1991 was of great sadness to her. Her burial took place on the 17th anniversary of his death.
Susan was a gentle woman of great faith and was a daily communicant. She was devoted to her family and took great pride in their achievements and the most recent pictures of her were with her great-grandchild Brendan Delaney of Ballon who was her 48th descendant. Always proud of being a Wicklow woman, she worked hard throughout her life and enjoyed what was possible in her elderly years and took an active part in many church and senior citizens activities and also regularly visited the Askea Day care Centre. Susan was also a keen bingo player and loved to socialize. She greatly enjoyed the recent Senior Citizens party in Ballykealy House and took to the stage to sing during the night. The large attendance at the removal and funeral were testiment to her popularity in the area.

She is survived by her sons Jimmy, Tom, John and Michael, daughters Kathleen, Mary, Anne and Susan, sons in law Jim, Tommy, Andy and Tommy, daughters in law Maria, Jacinta, Catriona and Kathy, 24 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Removal took place from her home last Monday evening at 6.50pm to St Joseph's Church, Tinryland arriving at 7pm. Requiem Mass took place on Tuesday, at 12 noon with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.


Congratulations are extended to Joyce Hayden, Ballinacarrig, daughter of Eilish and the late Ambrose, on her marriage to Benjamin Green of London. The marriage was celebrated by Fr. John McEvoy PP in St. Joseph's Church, Tinryland and the reception was held in the Step House in Borris. Also to Ailish Townsend, Linkardstown, daughter of Ned and Nell, on her marriage to Brian Kavanagh of Leighlinbridge also in St. Joseph's Church. The reception was held in Ballykealy House.


Sympathy to Michael Nolan, Ballybar and John Nolan, Powerstown on the recent death of their mother Mary Nolan of Kilcool, Rathoe. Also to Eddie kennedy, Kyle on the death of his brother Michael, Kinnitty Co. Offaly.

Reaching Out Yearbook

The 2008 Reaching Out Yearbook is the largest produced to date with no fewer than 18 contributors and 44 pages.
The book which costs €6 is available from the Gala Shop, Tinryland, Deanes Shop, Barrack St and at the church

Girls Football

B/T played Eire Og on Wed Night in Eire Og.
Eire Og were first to score B/T to first score came after 5 minutes with a point from Zoe Curran. B/T got some nice scores from Lauren Dwyer 2goals, points from Amy Dwyer0-2, Lauren McGrath 0-2, Amanda Kinsella 0-2.
Leaving Half Time score B/T 2-7 to Eire Og 4pts.
Second Half B/T added 3-6 to Eire Og no score. Deirdre o'Sullivan 1-3, Zoe Curran 2 goals, Amanda Kinsella, Derbhla Kelly, Amy Dwyer 1pt each.
B/T had great players in Lauren Dwyer, Amanda Kinsella, Orlaigh Moran, Deirdre O'Sullivan, Katie Doyle.
Team: Clodagh McGrath, Amy Dwyer, Katie Doyle, Orlaigh Moran, Orla Stafford, Lauren Dwyer, Amanda Kinsella, Deirdre o'Sullivan, zoe Curran, Niamh Redmond, Niamh Walshe, Lauren mcGrath, Eimear Fahy, Aoife Byrne, Derbhla Kelly.
Subs Clare Murphy, Naomh oNeill,Danielle Power.

The annual agm of the carlow ladies county board took on Tuesday night las. The agm saw Chairman of 12 years hardwork Frank Mullins take a different role as County Treasurer. Kathleen Mullns was appointed Chairperson. We Wish her good luck for the following year

Girls Football

Congratulations to B/T girls Orlagh Moran, Amanda Kinsella, Aoife Byrne who were on the St Leos Junior team that won the Leinster final against Cnoc Mhuire SS Granard.

The AGM of Bennekerry/Tinryland Ladies football will take place on the 13th Jan 2009 at 8.30 in Tinryland Gfc. All existing members and new members are asked to attend.

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