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News: 13th November 2017

Has Anyone Seen Israel?

Members displayed hidden talents for visual communication, mime and guesswork at our Pictionary Board Game Night. Team spirit and a good sense of fun were very evident. Hardest Word of the Night Award was unquestionably taken by Liz Dowling who drew (and then had to draw) Israel! Congratulations to all.

Well done to all who rose to the November challenge - Compose an Original Limerick



By popular vote, the November Winners (Joint Firsts and Joint Seconds) are:

  • 1st - Margaret Jones
  • 1st - Margaret O'Toole
  • 2nd - Mary Finlay
  • 2nd - Christina Murley
  • 2nd - Mary Phillips
  • 2nd - Susanna Braswell
  • 2nd - Catherine Wynne
  • 2nd - Liz Delaney



News: 9th October 2017

Herbs with Isobel

Sincere thanks to Greystones-based herbalist and naturopath, Isobel Jordan Keeling, who gave us a packed talk on herbs for health and demonstrated a delicious fresh pesto and a sweet smelling facecream.

Halloween Spooks and Autumn Fruits

A beautiful display of Autumn fruit and foliage, black and orange , candles, and one very scary cake!! Thank you to Isobel Jordan Keeling for judging!

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Halloween art

Some wonderful entries for the Halloween competition



The October Winners are:
  • 1st - Christina Murley
  • 2nd - Catherine Higgins
  • 3rd - Maura Cregg


News: 8th May 2017

First Responders and Fancy Hats

Many thanks to Wicklow Town First Responders who so generously gave their time and expertise to us. Valuable lessons were learned such as "Place your Eircode on your fridge or in another prominent place", and "Dial 112 for prompt emergency service". We learned how the defibrillator is programmed to assess heart activity and determine whether a shock is necessary, and how the machine will talk the user through the process. We were also witnesses to the valuable service provided by First Responders when Kevin, a member of the team, had to leave to attend an emergency.

What a beautiful array of fancy hats. A great response to the challenge and such a variety of themes. Hats for gardening, mad cows, stylish occasions and general sunning and looking good! Unfortunately the evening was so busy that no photographs were taken, which is a real shame, but for those who saw them they will linger long in the memory! Many thanks to Myrtle from First Responders for judging.

The May Winners are:

  • 1st - Mary DeCourcy
  • 2nd - Sylvia Tracey
  • 3rd - Mary Finlay

News: 24th April 2017

Success at Federation Arts and Crafts Night

A great night was had at the Woodenbridge Hotel. Federation President Madge Kenny welcomed attendees from Guilds across the county. The number of entries was up significantly on last year and the standard of the entries was very high. A wonderfully entertaining competition in Public Speaking (topic drawn at random directly before speaking) saw speeches on, among others: “When I get up in the morning”, “Turning a Negative into a Positive”, “Miracle Drugs”, “Be Thankful” and “Emotional Boost”. Christina represented our Guild superbly at flower arranging. This competition was done live at the hotel. The brief was a modern flower arrangement using only 5 flowers and any foliage. Christina's beautiful piece saw her awarded the Tinahely Show Cup, the first time the cup has come to Wicklow Town. Mary and Susanna entered the lions den of Public Speaking and Susanna was awarded the Annie Holt Trophy for Public Speaking, retaining the trophy for Wicklow Town as Mary won it last year. The Guild was also represented in the Crochet, Irish Soda Bread, Comortas Gaeilge and Handmade Jewellery competitions. The jewellery contest was for two pieces of handmade jewellery. Susanna was awarded the Sadie Ryan Trophy for her quilled peacock pendant and earrings. This is the Guild's second year winning the Sadie Ryan Trophy, which was awarded last year for creative writing. In addition to those who participated in the contests, a big thank you to members of our own and of other Guilds who came to watch and support the contestants.

Christina holds her flower arrangement with Madge Kenny, Wicklow Federation President holding the Tinahely Show Cup, a large wooden vase.

Christina holds her prize winning arrangement with Madge Kenny, Wicklow Federation President

Madge Kenny, Wicklow Federation President stands with Susanna who holds a box containing her handmade peacock pendant and earrings

Madge Kenny, Wicklow Federation President with Susanna and her handmade jewellery

Prize Winners stand with their trophies and Cups on a table infront of them and the Wicklow Federation Banner draped over the table. Madge Kenny is in the centre of the group

Prize Winners together with their trophies and Cups and Madge Kenny (centre) stand behind the Wicklow Federation Banner


News: 10th April 2017

Cake Icing

A huge thank you to Master Baker Jennifer Doyle who came all the way from Clonmel to give us a wonderful demonstration on icing an Easter cake. Along the way Jennifer shared her favourite recipe for chocolate biscuit cake and gave tips on best practice and hygiene. After Jennifer had finished the beautiful cake she gave it to the Guild and it was decided to give it to Guild member Mary DeCourcy to raffle in aid of the Wicklow Branch of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland.

Mary Finlay watches Jennifer Doyle modelling a rabbit with white icing

Jennifer Doyle at work

The finished bunny cake, top view

The finished cake!

The finished bunny cake, side view

Don't you just want to take him home?


Guild Member of The Year 2017

Congratulations to Maura Cregg, Guild Member of the Year 2017. Maura was the overall winner of our monthly competitions. A big thank you to everyone who entered the monthly challenges during the year. Maura receives free ICA membership for the year ahead. We look forward to more monthly competitions for the 2017/18 year.

ICA Wicklow Town President Mary Finlay hands Maura Cregg her certificate for being Guild Member of the Year 2017

Mary Finlay congratulates Maura on being Guild Member of the Year 2017

New President

Welcome to Betty Teahan, who has been elected Guild President. Betty is a long time ICA member, past president of Ashford Guild and founding member of Wicklow Town Guild. Betty takes over the Guild Presidency from Mary Finlay who retires by rotation after three years service. Many thanks Betty. Also a big thank you to Mary for her hard work, encouragement and enthusiasm, which have all been hallmarks of her Presidency from the very first meeting at which our Guild was formed.

Betty Teahan - a head and shoulders picture. Betty is wearing a grey jumper and pink gillet

Betty Teahan, new Guild President and Mary Finlay, outgoing President


News: 13th March 2017

Encaustic Art

Many thanks to artist Hilary Fitzgerald, from Kilmantin Arts, who gave us a live demonstration of encaustic art, the art of painting with wax. Hilary demonstrated different methods, and tools. She showed us that ordinary wax crayons can be used, as well as special wax blocks. Hilary recommended buffing a finished piece with a lint free cloth, and repeating this about a week later, for a perfect finish. She also told us about some of her own mixed media encaustic art pieces involving incorporating other elements, such as coins, jewellery, dried leaves and even photographs.

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Encaustic art by Hilary Fitzgerald

Spring has Arrived at ICA Wicklow Town!

Thank you to Hilary Fitzgerald from Kilmantin Arts for taking the time to judge our March competition, a colour photo on the theme of Spring.

The March Winners are:

  • 1st - Eilish Bradshaw
  • 2nd - Susanna Braswell
  • 3rd - Christina Murley


Cherry Blossom against a blue sky

Magnolia Blossom at Kilmacurragh. Photo by Eilish Bradshaw

close up of a sunlit lamb standing in a green field

Sunlit Lamb. Photo by Susanna Braswell

close up of a sunlit lamb standing in a green field

Family Afternoon among the Bluebells. Photo by Christina Murley



News: 8th March 2017

Finals Night at Lions Club Quiz

Wicklow Town Guild, put forward two teams for the final Lions Club Quiz night. As always, the night proved to be lots of fun and our team members learned a few surprising facts along the way! Guild President Mary Finlay was delighted to accept a cheque for proceeds from our Quiz Night in February. This generous donation will be split between two local charities: Wicklow Town First responders and Wicklow Town RNLI.

Tony Lyons, President of Wicklow and District Lions Club, presents a cheque to Guild President Mary Finlay on the final Quiz night

Tony Lyons, President of Wicklow and District Lions Club, presents a cheque to Guild President Mary Finlay


News: 27th February 2017

Successes at National and Federation Competitions.

Federation Table Quiz

Wicklow Guild are sending a Table Quiz team to the National Final. Twenty seven teams wracked their brains and pitted their wits at the Federation Table Quiz in Glenealy on Monday 27th of February. Wicklow Town Guild fielded two teams. Team one, Betty Teahan, Christinal Murley and Mary Finlay, took the title "The Gaol Birds" (Christina might have had a hand in that) and team two, Margaret Jones, Catherine Wynne and Susanna Braswell, became "The Three Musketeers". It proved that All for One and One for All was a good motto as, to their surprise and delight, "The Three Musketeers" proved top scorers on the night. Who would have guessed that knowledge of such diverse topics as goat breeding, the location of the Rio Grande and the name of Hiawatha’s bride would come in so handy! So with valiant hearts and derring do the three will set off to represent Wicklow Federation at the National Final at An Grianán on Saturday 8th April.

Margaret Jones, Susanna Braswell, and Catherine Wynne sitting at the Quiz table

"The Three Musketeers"

Betty Teahan, Christinal Murley and Mary Finlay sitting at the Quiz table

"The Gaol Birds"

Margaret Jones, Quiz Master Andy Merrigan, Statia Ivers (Deputising for Wicklow Federation President Madge Kenny), Susanna Braswell, and Catherine Wynne

Margaret Jones, Quiz Master Andy Merrigan, Statia Ivers (Deputising for Wicklow Federation President Madge Kenny), Susanna Braswell, and Catherine Wynne and the motto is .....

three cats put their front paws each paw on top of another, with the motto All for One and One for All written beneath picture

National Creative Writing Competition

Susanna Braswell took third place in the National Creative Writing Competition. The final took place at An Grianán on Saturday 25th February where the six shortlisted writers read their stories. There was double delight for Wicklow Federation as Mary Manley from Donard Guild took second place.

Head and shoulders shot of Mary Finlay with Wendy Nairn and Margaret Jones

National Contest Committee Chairperson Deirdre Connery, Susanna Braswell and National President Marie O'Toole

Headshot of Mary Finlay, Susanna Braswell and Betty Teahan

Mary Finlay and Betty Teahan travelled to An Grianán to celebrate with Susanna


News: 13 February 2017

Abridged Yarns and Organic Gardening

Many thanks to Wendy Nairn who gave us an inspirational introduction to Organic Gardening on a very special day for her family. Wendy and her husband Richard had the joy of their first grandchild's birth a few hours before the talk. Thank you also to Wendy for judging the February Competition. The challenge was ‘Tell a Story in Six Words’. This challenge was originally issued to the American writer and journalist Ernest Hemingway, who responded with "For sale: baby shoes, never worn".

The February Winners are:

  • 1st - Maura Cregg
  • 2nd - Sylvia Tracey
  • 3rd - Fionnuala O'Reilly
  • 4th - Margaret Jones

Wendy Nairn, standing, chatting to ICA Wicklow Townmembers who are seated

Wendy Talks to members

Head and shoulders shot of Mary Finlay with Wendy Nairn and Margaret Jones

Mary Finlay with Wendy Nairn and Margaret Jones



News: 9 January 2017

Lots of Glove

Many thanks to Ashleigh Tobin IS Hom, Lic ISH, RGN, from Natural Health Solutions. Ashleigh gave us a great start to the New Year with a talk on Women's Health and Well Being. Taking just 10 minutes a day to do something you love, something that makes your heart sing, can be the start of a happier, healthier life. Thank you also to Ashleigh for judging the January Competition. The challenge was ‘Do something with a glove(s) or scarf’, see photos below. Thanks also to those who brought socks, hats, scarves or gloves for migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos, which is currently in the grip of a severe winter. Please keep these coming as Margaret Jones sends a parcel each time she has collected 80kg. Men’s winter accessories and small handwarmers are particularly needed at present.

The January Winners are:

  • 1st - Susanna Braswell
  • 2nd - Mary DeCourcy
  • 3rd - Christina Murley

close up shot of Christmas Pudding

Some of the entries in the January Competition

Susanna's hand sewn toy mouse made from a grey plaid glove

Susanna’s lonely glove becomes a hand sewn toy


Mary DeCourcy's purple tea cosy with gloves on either side

Mary’s innovative tea cosy has both sides covered for a gloving cup


Christina's Glove Puppet made from a sueude mitten

Christina’s Glove Puppet has a definite feel of Easter Island


Members enjoy a cuppa with Ashleigh Tobin

Members with Ashleigh Tobin


Christina and Mary with Margaret, who is holding some of the socks gloves and scarves for migrants and refugees on Lesbos

Christina, Mary and Margaret with some of the winter woolies for migrants in Lesbos




News: 4 January 2017

CHANGE OF VENUE FOR JANUARY - MARCH

Due to building work the venue for the January, February and March meetings will be The Boathouse, Seafront, Wicklow Town(beside the Leitrim Lounge). If you need any assistance with directions or transport please contact a committee member.



News: 12 December 2016

Christmas Dinner

Many thanks to all helped to who made our Christmas Dinner 2016 a lovely night. Thanks ladies for the great wit and conversation. Thank you to Christina for organising the Kriskindle gifts. To Mary DeCourcy for menu and venue research and Mary our President for booking the venue and to Anna for getting us the ICA magazine in time.


Collage of images from the Christmas Dinner

News: 28 November 2016

ICA Wicklow Town at Wicklow Federation ICA Guild of the Year

ICA Wicklow Town had fun coming together to compete for the title of Wicklow Federation ICA Guild of the Year 2016 at the Woodenbridge Hotel. Many thanks to all of those whose generosity, hard work and cooperation made this possible and to those members who supported the team by lending items or coming to watch. The competition had five sections (Writing, Table for Two, Cookery, Craft, Entertainment) and Wicklow Town had an entry in all five. The competition really showed the strength of team work and the variety of creative ideas and different talents that a group can produce. After a fun evening the title, based on aggregated marks from all five sections of the competition, was awarded to Delgany Guild. Well done Delgany! However ICA Wicklow Town did not return entirely empty-handed as Mary Finlay and Catherine Higgins took home raffle prizes! Comhghairdeas don fhoireann go léir.


Betty setting up the Advent Calendar on an easel

Betty putting the finishing touches to her handmade Advent Calendar


Christina decanting the wine for the Christmas Table

Christina decants the wine for the Christmas Table


close up shot of Christmas Pudding
close up shot of Christmas Pudding close up shot of Christmas Pudding

The Christmas Pudding - it smelt divine and sliced beautifully


Christmas Table for two
Christmas Table for two

The Christmas Table


Table Centrepiece - a snowman candleholder
Close up of Table Centrepiece
Close up of Table Centrepiece

Handmade Centrepiece


Table Centrepiece - a snowman candleholder
Close up of Table Centrepiece
Close up of Table Centrepiece

The Entertainment Team in Festive Jumpers


Mary and Catherine holding their raffle prizes

Mary and Catherine with their raffle prizes



News: 17 November 2016

ICA Wicklow Town at Leinster House

Despite the threat of snow ICA Wicklow Town headed for Dublin. We enjoyed a lovely lunch in the Dáil restaurant and spotted a few well known faces around the corridors of power! Our local TD Andrew Doyle, through whose office the lunch and tour were arranged, met us and told us about life as a public representative in Leinster House and about some of the repair and refurbishment currently taking place in the historic building. We sat in the Public Gallery for some of Minister's Question Time and were brought on a tour of the building by Dáil Usher Shane O'Neill. There is an original copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic in the hall of Leinster House. Shane told us that in the past schoolchildren often had no idea what the Proclamation was, but since the 1916 commemorations they never fail to recognise it. At the end of the tour we were given a gift of copies of the Proclamation. Tar éis sin d'fhágamar slán le príomhchathair na hÉireann.


Members of ICA Wicklow Town with Andrew Doyle TD on the steps of Leinster House

Members of ICA Wicklow Town with Andrew Doyle TD at Leinster House


News: 14 November 2016

Congratulations to the Winners of the Handmade Card Competition

The Winners are:

  • 1st - Maura Cregg
  • 2nd - Betty Teahan
  • 3rd - Susanna Braswell


selection of handmade cards at ICA Wicklow Town

Members’ handmade cards on display at the Wicklow Town Guild Meeting


Winners of handmade cards competition at ICA Wicklow Town

Susanna, Betty and Maura: 3rd, 2nd and 1st in the Card Competition


News: 7 November 2016

Shoeboxes for Team Hope

Many thanks to all who came along to the Shoebox for Team Hope night. Your shoeboxes now are at a local collection point waiting for Team Hope and Rudolf to arrive. For anyone who didn't make it to the night but would like to do a shoebox the deadline is Monday Night's Meeting 14th Nov. Any shoeboxes brought in on the night will be delivered to the Team Hope Collection point the following morning.


shoeboxes wrapped and stacked with text saying shoeboxes are ready where's Rudolf?

News: 10 October 2016

Congratulations to the Winners of the Jam Competition

Many thanks to all who entered October's jam making competition. What a variety of flavours packed into those jars! They included Gooseberry and elderflower, bramble jelly, blueberry, blackberry, pear, apple and plum! One of the winning entries packed a punch with just a little Creme De Cassis. Delicious! Many of the entries were also beautifully presented. Top marks to everyone for effort. Our lovely judge was very impressed.

The Winners are:

  • 1st - Catherine Higgins
  • 2nd - Mary DeCourcy
  • 3rd - Margaret Jones


jars of jam

Cards for All Occasions

Huge thanks to Betty Teahan who took time to show us some of her fabulous range of handmade cards and who demonstrated the art of card making at the October meeting. We look forward to putting some of her suggestions to work at the Card-Making Session in November.



News: 28 July 2016

Go For Life

Bowlers, who include several members of ICA Wicklow Town, are making good use of the new bowls equipment which was part funded by money from the ‘Go For Life’ grant received by ICA Wicklow Town.


Margaret O’Meara on the mat at St. Brigids Hall in Rathnew

Margaret O’Meara on the mat at St. Brigid's Hall in Rathnew


Bowlers, including ICA members, at St. Brigid's Rathnew

Bowlers, including ICA members, at St. Brigid's Hall in Rathnew



News: 2 July 2016

Farm Walk at An Tairseach

Many thanks to Sr. Julie OP and Sr. Jeanette OP who brought ICA members on a wonderful Guided Walk at An Tairseach. We started with a tour of the gardens, animals and vegetables at the Ecology Centre and then travelled up to the scenic carpark on Greenhill Road from where we continued the walk and tour of the 70 acre organic farm. We saw native Irish hedgerows, wild and cultivated plants side by side and diversity encouraged and celebrated. Despite an unpromising forecast we had perfect walking weather and only a very light shower during the picnic lunch at the Ecology Centre. A browse in the organic farm shop among lots of organic fruit and veg, natural soaps and tempting local jams and honeys made a lovely finish to the afternoon. For any members who were unable to make the day and would like to go another time: Guided Farm walks take place from the Farm Shop at 11am on the first Saturday of each month March to Sept. There are two more walks this year - Saturday 6 August and Saturday 3 September 2016.


Composite image:Clockwise from top left: Insect on a yellow marguerite, a purple foxglove, close up of a water lily, close up of a ox eye daisy

Clockwise from top left: Wild flower diversity is welcomed and insects are vital for pollination, Foxglove, Water Lily, Ox Eye Daisy


ICA members walking on the farm

ICA members listen to Sr. Julie (top) and enjoy a pause by the pond (bottom)


Composite image:Clockwise from top left: Close up of an Artichoke, A View from the farm towards the Old Lighthouse, Sr. Julie satanding in a vegetable bed explaining how the plants are protected with gauze, A View of Wicklow Town towards Broadlough

Clockwise from top left: Artichoke, View towards the Old Lighthouse, Sr. Julie explaining how the plants are protected, View of Wicklow Town towards Broadlough


A field of potato plants in bloom at An Tairseach and a close up of a potato flower inset in the image

Potato plants in bloom at An Tairseach and a close up of a potato flower (inset)


ICA members enjoy a picnic lunch

Picnic Lunch at the Ecology Centre



News: 27 June 2016

Historical Walk with John Finlay

Many thanks to John Finlay who once again gave his time and wealth of expertise so generously. We were delighted to have members of ICA Ashford Guild join us, as well as some lovely ICA husbands and ICA pets as we journeyed through the upper half of Wicklow Town with our knowledgeable guide.


ICA members enjoy a joke with John Finlay

ICA members and guests enjoy a joke with John Finlay


A sculpture of the head of Roland Hill, inventor of the postage stamp

Who knew that this is a head of Roland Hill, inventor of the postage stamp?


Or that this is the oldest building still in use in Wicklow Town?


John Finlay leads ICA members downhill near Mortons Lane

John Finlay leads ICA members on a fascinating walk


ICA members reach Market Square

ICA members pause in Market Square



News: 20 June 2016

Congratulations to the Winners of the June Competition

Many thanks to all who entered beautiful wildflower arrangements. What a variety of creative approaches!

The Winners are:

  • 1st -Dympna Harkin
  • 2nd - Margaret O'Toole
  • 3rd - Christina Murley


Flower Arrangment by Dympna Harkin

Dympna's Floral Feast


Flower Arrangement by Margaret O'Toole

Margaret's Nostalgic Arrangment Recalling Times Past


Flower Arrangement by Christina Murley

Christina's Elegant Asymmetrical Arrangment


A Selection of the Flower Arrangements on a table

Some of the Fabulous Floristry on Display


Gales of Laughter at Laughter Yoga

What a night - not only did the room look like a page out of a lifestyle magazine with all the fabulous flower arrangements but we were treated to a Laughter Yoga Session lead by Mary DeCourcy. Mary introduced us to breathing and gentle stretching exercises punctuated by gales or maybe hurricanes of laughter. Thank you Mary! Mary complimented the Guild members for their enthusiasm and participation.


Guild Members with Mary DeCourcy

Guild Members laughing with Mary DeCourcy
Guild Members laugh with Mary DeCourcy

Hilarity! Guild Members laugh with Mary DeCourcy
Head and shoulders shot of Mary DeCourcy

Mary DeCourcy


News: 13 June 2016

Wicklow Federation Social Night

Many thanks to all the members of ICA Wicklow Federation for a great evening in the Woodenbridge Hotel, Avoca.

Madge Kenny, Wicklow Federation President, welcomed Guild members from across the county to Woodenbridge. Federation Prizes were awarded.

Statia Ivers, Ballycoog Guild, was placed first for a perfect brown bread. Statia has been a Federation Champion for baking on many occasions and has previously been a brown bread baking National Finalist. Statia will go forward to represent Wicklow Federation at the next round of the Aldi-sponsored competition. Good Luck Statia!

Wicklow Town's Susanna Braswell was awarded the Sadie Ryan trophy for short story writing and read her comic story "It Happened That Way".

Guild members were then treated to a packed evening of entertainment. Ballycoog Guild brought the house down with two hilarious short plays. Ashford Guild's prizewinning choir performed some happy jazz music. Wicklow Town Guild's prizewinning set dancers performed two sets and the Wicklow Town Line Dancers donned their checked shirts and brought a touch of Texas to Avoca.

After refreshments the evening took a surprise turn when it was discovered that a choir from Iceland were staying in the hotel and were performing in the lounge. In an impromptu cultural exchange Wicklow Town's Line Dancers and Set Dancers again took to the floor to entertain the Icelandic visitors.


Set dancers from ICA Wicklow Town

Set Dancers from Wicklow Town Guild at the Wicklow Federation Social



Line Dancers from ICA Wicklow Town

Line Dancers from Wicklow Town Guild in action at the Woodenbridge Hotel



Statia Ivers will represent Wicklow Federation for Brown Bread Baking

Statia Ivers (Ballycoog Guild) who will represent Wicklow Federation at the National Brown Bread Contest



Susanna Braswell receives the Sadie Ryan Trophy for Creative Writing from Madge Kenny, Wicklow Federation President

Susanna Braswell receives the Sadie Ryan Trophy for Creative Writing from Madge Kenny, Wicklow Federation President



Two Set Dancers from Wicklow Town ICA in a whirling pose

Set Dancers in Action



Line Dancers from Wicklow Town sitting on steps

Line Dancers from Wicklow Town take a break to watch the Set Dancers



Statia Ivers will represent Wicklow Federation for Brown Bread Baking

Madge Kenny Wicklow Federation President(left) with Line Dancers from Wicklow Town



Statia Ivers will represent Wicklow Federation for Brown Bread Baking

Set Dancers from Wicklow Town



News: 14 May 2016

ICA AGM in Athlone

The ICA AGM was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. Our own Anna Sinnott manned the ICA stand and Susanna Braswell represented the Wicklow Guild as Voting Delegate.

The National Contests Committee made a special presentation to Anna Sinnott. Breda Banville National Contests Secretary thanked her for unfailing kindness and helpfulness with all their queries big and small. Anna's valuable work in ICA Central Office was also mentioned by Mary MacNamara, ICA National Treasurer and Marie O'Toole, ICA National President

Susanna Braswell won second place in the Inter Federation Cup for Art - Photography (Colour). The photography brief was Family Pet.


Anna Sinnott receives a presentation from National Contest Committee members

Anna Sinnott receives a presentation from National Contest Committee members, Dee Devereux (left), who is also Regional President of the South and East Region and Breda Banville (right), National Contest Secretary



Susanna Braswell receives a Paul Maloney Pottery Bowl from ICA National President Marie O'Toole

Susanna receives a Paul Maloney Pottery Bowl from Marie O'Toole



Close up of the face of Arthur, a tabby cat - copyright Susanna Braswell

Susanna's photo - "Arthur"



News: 9 May 2016

Lecture by Anne O'Connor

Many thanks to Anne O'Connor, an expert on women in Irish history, who travelled to Wicklow to give ICA Wicklow Town Guild a fascinating talk on Forgotten Women in Irish History. Concentrating on the area of education, Anne outlined how the work of four women, Anne Jellicoe, Margaret Byers, Isabella Tod and Alice Oldham changed the educational opportunities of women in nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland.

Headshot of Anne O'Connor historian and expert on women's education in Ireland

Anne O'Connor after her talk at ICA Wicklow Town 9th May 2016



News: 11 April 2016

Success at Wicklow Federation Arts and Crafts Night

Wicklow Federation Arts and Crafts 2016 was held at the Woodenbridge Hotel on 11 April 2016. Despite a foggy and rainy night the Wicklow Guild members in attendance had an enjoyable evening and were delighted to win two trophies.

Guild President Mary Finlay was awarded the Annie Holt Trophy for Public Speaking. In a close contest, adjudicated by a judge from Wexford Toastmasters, Mary spoke on a topic drawn at random directly before speaking. She drew the theme "Sad". As there was a tie for 1st place the two winners were required to speak for a further 2 minutes about ICA. Mary was awarded top place, winning the trophy.

Susanna Braswell won the Lilian Dempsey Cup for photography. The photography brief was The Garden of Ireland.



Collage showing Mary Finlay, Susanna Braswell and the trophies won by Wicklow Town Guild at Federation Arts and Crafts Night 2016

Federation Arts and Crafts Trophies 2016



View of Avoca, hills and fields in distance, cow grazing in foreground copyright Susanna Braswell

Susanna's photo - A view of Avoca



Church Hill, WIcklow Town surrounded by pictures of different activities such as bowling, embroidery, painting, walking etc