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

Galway Guilds

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Welcome to Galway Federation


There are 27 Guilds in Co. Galway situated throughout the county from Cleggan on the Atlantic coast to Creagh in Ballinasloe, a distance of 100 miles.

Federation meets at least 4 times a year in a Central Venue with our Summer meeting  hosted by local guilds in rotation. The size of our county makes our Federation meetings a very important forum for members meeting to exchange ideas and to create friendships.

The guilds meet once a month and more frequently to attend courses or enjoy competitions or craft nights.

Guilds have a huge range of activities which include arts, crafts, self-development, education, sports, community development, bookclubs as well as social events .

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Eyre Square, Galway

Galway History

ICA came to Co. Galway in the late1940’s even though one if the earliest Presidents of the organization was the Countess of Fingall, formerly Daisy Burke of Danesfort House in Moycullen, Co. Galway. The first guild in the county was set up in Cleggan by a Miss Mary Browne whose family owned Rossleague House. Miss Browne who was an Oxford graduate, taught in South Africa and England for many years. After she returned to Rossleague House to care for her mother she founded the Cleggan Guild. 

Other guilds followed and in 1949 the Galway County Federation was formed with the nine existing guilds. The first president of the Galway Federation was Mrs. Dinan who was a member of the then Galway Town Association.

The first ICA Summer School was held in the Grammer School, College Rd. in 1949. 

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What's On – Galway

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If you are interested in joining or setting up a Guild in Galway City or County, please contact any of the following;

Federation President, Sharon Kelly Mobile: 0857890562

Federation Secretary Fidelma Larkin Mobile: 0876506683

Liaison Officer Gretta Kavanagh Mobile: 0877521268

who will put you in touch with a Guild that shares your interests.

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Summer Federation Meeting

Federation Meeting Hosted by Gort Guild June. 4th 2014 More

New Guild in Loughrea


Child Essay Comp


Bearna Guild ICA Craft Display


Federation AGM


Galway Federation AGM 2015

Galway Federation held its AGM on Sunday last hosted by Killererin Guild. National President joined us on the day to present members with long term certificates.Galway Federation were delighted to be able to present our €6000 contribution for the upgrading of bedrooms at An Grianan. The outgoing officers and committee worked very hard over the past three years opening 4 new guilds, increasing membership, organising events attending Agricultural Shows etc.the outgoing President Josephine Helly thanked her committee for all their help and also the guilds when called upon who helped willingly over the past 3 years She also thanked Lauraand staff of the Menlo Park Hotel for their help and courtesy over the past three years and who will continue to be available to the incoming committee. Officers Elected for the coming term:- President Sharon Kelly Gort Guild Secretary Fidelma Larkin Gort Guild Treasurer Carmel Mannion Labane Guild V. Presidents Mary Carey Clifden Guild Mary More

Federation AGM News

Easter Bonnet Competition More

New Guild for Athenry

Inaugural meeting Friday 4th April 2014 More

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