County Limerick ICA guild celebrates 40 years

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

EAST Limerick ladies celebrated four decades of history when Drombanna ICA marked their 40th anniversary.

EAST Limerick ladies celebrated four decades of history when Drombanna ICA marked their 40th anniversary.

Close to a hundred ladies enjoyed the special night in Drombanna Day Care Centre.

Three of the ladies - Alice O’Connell, Úna Hartigan, both Donoughmore and Breda Flood, Ballyneety were the only three women to be there at the start and continue as members to this day.

Drombanna ICA was formed when they were in their twenties and how time has flown. The three were joined by the current 25 members and 53 ex-members.

“There used to be an ICA guild in Bohermore and one in Ballyneety but they disbanded. There was a few people interested in starting one in Drombanna and it went from there.

“We had between 30 and 35 on the first night and today we have 25,” said Mrs Flood, whose mother was also in the guild.

In the early Seventies there wasn’t much money floating about either, and Mrs Flood says the ICA guild was a lovely social outlet for women of all ages.

In 1972, Drombanna ICA started in the old school in Donoughmore, then moved to South Liberties GAA clubhouse and now meet on the first Wednesday night of the month in the day-care centre.

They were joined at their special 40th anniversary by ICA president Liz Wall.

Ms Wall stressed the importance of ICA branches and women supporting each other.

The ICA’s ethos of fun, friendship and support being at the centre of everything they do was certainly proved on the night.

Physllis O’Halloran; Kildimo; Nora Stapleton, Oola and Mary Moloney, Drombanna represented Limerick ICA guild.

Drombanna ICA chairperson, Anne Madigan also made a speech. The local ICA’s guild committee is completed by Mrs Flood, vice chairperson; Margaret Ryan, secretary; Mary Moloney, PRO and Ellen Looby, treasurer.

Every month they have a speaker on different topics including health, first aid, beauty, hair care etc.

Fifty was the peak of their numbers but to this day they continue to attract women of all ages. The ICA is also a very good way of getting involved in the community when you move in to a parish. “Over time people left for different reasons and others joined. A lot of people came into the parish and joined up,” said Mrs Flood. As part of the celebrations they found many photographs which the over 80 ladies enjoyed seeing again.

“The photographs were lovely to see. People had memories from different days and events,” she said.