We had a large attendance at the last federation meeting hosted by Moneystown Guild
with 14 out of our 16 guilds represented.
The guild presidents were introduced and told us a little about their guild.
We had a bit of fun trying to identify the new committeee from their baby photos.
There was a large entry in the competition for Lemon drizzle cake
and Margaret Horne from Ashford Guild was the winner.
Our next Federation Meeting and our Guild of the Year Competition
will be held on Monday 26th November in the Woodenbridge Hotel
hosted by Ballycoog Guild.
The theme for the Guild of the Year is the 1960s
Display tables for the Guild of the Year must be set up between 5 and 6pm
Judging will take place at 6pm. The federation meeting will start at 7.30pm
Click on the Competitions Page for full details of the Guild of the Year competition.
There will be a few prizes on the night for Best Dressed 60s style,
so why not get into the ‘groove' and dress up.
This is not obligatory or part of the Guild of the Year Competition…
but why not have a bit of fun and a laugh!
Huge Congratulations to Mary O'Neill Newtownmountkennedy Guild
who won 4th Prize in the Aldi Brown Bread Competition.
Having won the federation round Mary represented Wicklow
at the regional finals in An Grianan in July, and was one of the five ICA members
and three others who went on to the semi finals at the National Ploughing Championships.
In front of a huge crowd in the Aldi tent Mary baked her bread and won a place in the final.
Having been interviewed by Sile Seoige, she once again baked.
Mary came 4th in this national competition which started out with over 500 bakers.
This is an amazing achievement.
Well Done Mary. Go hiontach ar fad.
and all the members in Wicklow Federation are so proud of you.
Get your bookings in to our Teachta Claire Timmons
for our Spring weekend in An Grianán 12th-14th April
Bags& Bears; 3D Decoupage; Bridge for Beginners;
Singing for Pleasure and Vegetarian Cookery
Contact Claire on 086 3702563 for further details.
We had a full house for the Wicklow Autumn weekend at An Grianan.
So get your booking for April in early.
Well done to our new Teachta Claire who organised the weekend
and a big thank you to Niamh, Rose and all the staff in An Grianan who looked after us so well.
Congratulations to Maura Davis our previous Teachta
who recently celebrated a 'roundy' birthday.
The courses were Advanced Crafts, Oil Painting, Cookery and Line Dancing
and some members worked on their patchwork.
Thank you to outgoing secretary Susan Kenny
for organising the federation dinner in the Woodenbridge Hotel.
It was a lovely evening with a delicious meal,
lots of chat and music and dancing.
The Arts & Crafts night was also held on 23rd April.
There was a great entry in all the categories.
A big thank you to all who entered. There is a lot of talent in Wicklow Federation.
Congratulations to all the winners. Click on Competitions page for all the details.
Just a sample of the entries
Congratulations to Mary O'neill NewtownMt Kennedy Guild
who was the federation winner of the Aldi Brown Bread
and will represent Wicklow in the regional final.
we wish her the very best of luck.
Congratulations to Ashford Guild who won the Eleanora Gibbon Shield for Music
with their beautiful songs as gaeilge. Maith sibh.
Ashford came 3rd in the Baumann Shield for Music with their lovely English songs.
Congratulations to Roma Hennessy Delgany Guild
the federation round of the Gempack Baking Competiton (Battenburg Cake)
As federation winner Roma enjoyed an overnight B&B and dinner
in An Grianan at the national final and came 3rd.
Well done Roma.
Maureen Murphy also from Delgany Guild was one of six shortlisted
in the National Creative Writing Competition
and also enjoyed an dinner B&B in An Grianan.
Photo to come
Stephanie Mc Donald, Una Ryan and Joan O'Flaherty
won the federation round of the Table Quiz.
They too enjoyed an overnight with dinner in An Grianan at the national finals.
They came 4th misiing the bronze medal by just one point.
Well done ladies.
Our 63rd Wicklow ICA Drama Festival was a big success
with great houses each night in Glenealy Village Hall
and a wealth of drama on stage from 9 groups over the three nights.
Thank you to everyone who supported the festival.
The festival ran very smoothly thanks to all those who helped in so many ways.
The festival adjudicator Imelda Mc Donagh had a tough task judging 10 One Acts and 2 Sketches.
Congratulations to Delgany and Ashford who flew the flag for ICA so well.
Delgany won the Condon Cup with their One Act Comedy
"Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?"
and Beth Holmes won a Merit Award for her role as Mrs Aldridge.
Ashford won the Adjudicator's Award for ensemble playing
with their One Act Comedy "Clara's On The Curtains"
and Claire Timmons won a Merit Award for her role as Clara.
There was very positive feedback from the groups
who spoke of the warm ICA welcome, how well they were looked after
with refreshments and stage help and how well the festival was run.
They also spoke highly of our adjudicator Imelda Mc Donagh who did a great job.
A big thank you to all who supported the festival and brought raffle prizes,
Federation President Madge for her support and help throughout the festival,
Jane our Federation Treasurer who looked after the finances
and Liz, Statia and Susan who helped her at the door.
Thank you Delgany and Newtown members who looked after refreshments for the groups,
Ashford members who did
the audience teas and
the drama sub committee who helped each night with the running of the festival:
Brigid Cahill, Claire Timmons, Brigid O'Grady, Margaret Stephens, Jean Kelly,
Beth Holmes,Una Ryan and Una Mc Gowran and festival director Hilda Roche.
Click on Competitions Page for full results and more pictures