New date for AGM 2019

Please note that there is a change of date for the AGM 2019.

Press Release

From Mrs Josephine Helly, National President of the Irish CountryWomen’s Association.


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BirdWatch Ireland

I work for BirdWatch Ireland and in a bid to raise awareness about our beloved garden birds I would like to offer my services by delivering illustrated talks


Map of Guilds – History – What's On – Contacts – News

Cavan Guilds

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Cavan Guilds: Buttersbridge, Bruskey, Castlerahan, Cavan Town, Clifferna, Corlough, Cross, Crosserlough, Drung, Killeshandra, Killdallan, Knockbride West, Lough-An-Leagh, Maghera, Mountnugent and Sheelin.


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Cavan History

Cavan Federation was founded in 1953 and currently has 16 Guilds. Our activities include art, crafts, cookery, quizzes and recreational activities. We also organise classes in painting, computers, calligraphy, flower arranging and effective speaking. Members, whether old or new, novice or experienced, are welcomed at all events and encouraged to take part. 

Over the course of a year we have regular competitions. The Manor Cup which incorporates a different theme each year allows all members to show off their expertise whether it be knitting, sewing, flower arranging, baking or some other skill. The Friendship Bowl is presented annually for poetry reading or impromptu speaking based on a given list of topics. Gulds also participate in the "Skills of the Year" competition at Virginia Show which uses a different theme each year. The Kathleen McCabe Cup for Flower Arranging is also held in the autumn. Members take part in an annual Charity Walk raising funds for Cancer Homecare. These are very well supported and are extremely popular.

Social Outting

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More Cavan History

Dorothy Smith who was a founder member in Cavan Guild and federation president went on to become National President in 1958-1960. Phyllis Faris who was a prominent figure in ICA in Cavan and at national level set up a Fund in memory of Dorothy Smith following her death. This was called the Dorothy Smith Bursary and guilds contributed to this fund, the money invested t provide two half scholarships to An Grianan annually which is raffled among the guilds.

Phyllis Faris presented the Friendship Bowl to the federation to develop public speaking skills and an annual competition is held for this prestigious bowl every year.

We actively promote issues relating to women's health. We are members of Cavan Women's Network, Cross Border Women's Network and get involved in projects with members of the Women's Institute of Northern Ireland.  As a border county the hand of friendship on our federation's part is always outstretched.

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What's On – Cavan


If you are interested in joining or setting up a Guild in Cavan please contact Marion Lyon, Tel: 046 9245580, Mobile: 086 1689142 or Email: and she will put you in touch with a Guild that shares your interests. 

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Cavan Diamond Jubilee


Adult Education - Reminiscence Class


Crosserlough Guild is 45 Years Old


Seachtain na Gaeilge


Cavan's Diamond Jubilee


Skills of the Year Competition

Theme is "Seasons of the Year" More

Short Story & Poetry Competition


Dance Workshop Dance Workshop

A dance workshop for Physical Activity Leaders was held in Corcaghan Community Centre. More

An Grianan Front A Week in An Grianán


Charity Walk for Cancer

Over fifty members took part and enjoyed this annual fun walk for charity. More

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