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Although ICA is 108 years old many myths remain around being a member. Many people believe you need to be good at or interested in crafts, or that you need to be invited or recommended by an existing member, or in a certain age category,or come from farming background, all untrue.

Who can become a member of ICA? All women over the age of sixteen years.

Must I join an existing guild? No. if there are a minimum of twelve women interested in coming together in friendship to enjoy social and recreational activities and improve their well being they can form a new guild.

Is there a fee? Yes the annual membership fee is €50.

What do I get for my money? You become part of the largest women's organisation in the country with a constitution and a vote in all decision making.

You are covered by insurance from you leave home until you return home when attending ICA meetings and functions and the venue where you hold your meetings provided it is a public facility eg. community hall/centre is also covered by insurance.

You have the support of your Federation committee and county organiser, and here in Monaghan we have a list of speakers and demonstrators available to attend monthly meeting covering a wide and varied range of topics.

Most importantly ICA now has members benifits with a wide range of service providers and outlets for example Kilkenny Design outlets, Mc Elhinney's Athboy,Mc Elhinneys Ballybofey, Hickeys Fabrics, Shaws nationwide, Paco and a host of other outlets where on production of your membership card you will automatically receive from 10% to 20% off your purchases. This could equate to savings in excess of €200 per year.     ( Marie Curley Federation PRO)

If you are interested in setting up a guild in your area you can contact

Federation President :Susan Clarke

Vice President: Lorna Soden

Liaison OfficerEileen McCluskey at

Information Officer and PRO: Geraldine O'Connor at

Information officer Josephine Reilly at



Due to a technichal glitch I am going to put up some news on the main page as I can no longer access the news items page. 

Magheracloone ICA celebrates 50 years

On Thursday 18th October 2018 in Carrickasedge community centre Magheracloone ICA celebrated 50 years in existence. Two women who were there on that very first night were in attendance Marion Duffy and Mona Byrne. The event was opened by ICA President Jo Barry who welcomed current Federation President Susan Clarke and all the women from the Monaghan guilds throughout the county. A fun quiz was enjoyed on the night and also there was plenty of time for reminiscing and chatting. A book compiled by Secretary Angela Busby brought all present down memory lane. Celebrations culminated in a raffle with prizes galore. We all wish Magheracloone ICA many good times ahead in the future.

Ballinode ICA June-August 2018

     ICA has been busy over the past few months. In May instead of our meeting 30 members attended a very enjoyable demonstration at O’Neill’s garden centre in Glaslough. We were shown how to prepare window boxes and a hanging basket and this was followed by a light supper and raffle. Patricia Hughes and Patricia Deery won the raffle of a window box and hanging basket. Members received 10% discount on sales on the night. Congratulations to Patricia Hughes who became a grandmother recently on the birth of a granddaughter Ava Hughes. Congratulations also to Geraldine Casey on winning the Federation heat of the Aldi Brown Bread competition. Geraldine now goes on to the quarter finals at an Grianán in August. Good luck Geraldine and hope you will go on to represent Monaghan at the Ploughing championships in September.

     Congratulations to Sheila McCarron Murray who came 3rd in the National ICA Reporting competition. Sheila had to report on a recent or past significant event in our local area and chose the Pearl of Wisdom campaign. Minister Heather Humphreys TD met with representatives from Cervical Check Ireland and was alarmed to discover that figures released showed that Monaghan has one of the lowest uptakes of the free cervical screening programme in the country. To raise awareness and get the message out to the women of Monaghan that cervical screening is free; Minister Humphreys invited Monaghan women to attend a photo call to promote the Pearl of Wisdom Campaign on Saturday27th January in the week leading up to European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. Sheila’s report was based on this event. Well done Sheila on a very informative, concise and well written report that is also hugely topical at the moment. She received her prize at the national ICA AGM in Athlone recently. Her report was entitled “Pearl of Wisdom; Share the Wisdom”. 1st prize in this competition went to Mary Plunkett, Ballingeary Guild South Tipperary and 2nd prize went to Josephine Whitmore, Castlebridge Guild Wexford.

     A number of our members joined up with Threemilehouse on Saturday 9th June and travelled to the North Antrim coast taking in the beautiful scenery of the Giants Causeway and the Antrim Glens and followed by some retail therapy in Ballymena before finishing up in Salleys in Aughnacloy for a meal. A great day out enjoyed by all. Many thanks to CMETB who delivered a “Beauty care” course to our group recently. This was much appreciated by all the members who took part. We look forward to our complimentary therapies course starting on Thursday 6th September in Tydavnet Community Centre. Our last event of the season took place on Thursday 14th June when we went for a leisurely walk around St Davnets campus followed by a meal in the “Squealing Pig”. A lovely meal followed by plenty of chat and good humour. Have a nice summer everyone.


Scotshouse ICA Summer Trip 2018

Scotshouse ICA had a great summer outing on 30th June 2018. 21 members and friends travelled to Busy Bee Ceramics in their new premises in Glaslough to get creative. Six of us tried using the potter’s wheel learning how to throw a pot and were all pleasantly surprise with the results. The others took to painting some existing pottery items from plates, bowls, cats and bears and many others. We now wait for our finished products to be fired in the kiln. Thanks to Busy Bee Ceramics owner Brenda McGinn and her daughter Riá O’Connor for a very enjoyable and fun visit. It was a great start to our day and Busy Bee will welcome all sorts of groups to try out some new skills. Visit for more details.

From there we crossed the road to the community centre where we were provided with a fabulous array of refreshments with teas and coffees provided by Daybreak Shop Glaslough (The Coffee Loft).

After spending some time looking around the local sensory garden or making use of the swings and enjoying the sunshine, we headed to Navan Fort just outside Armagh.

This was where the ancient kings of Ulster ruled and we watched a short film of historical facts from over 2000 years ago about the area and this important site. We were then taken to an old dwelling in the grounds and met some of the local clan who told us of their lifestyle, daily tasks and how they survived.

Some then walked on to see the actual mounds, ditches and banks of Emain Macha (Navan Fort) and the circular ritual temple while others opted to return to the coolness of the visitor centre. See for more details.

Next stop was Armagh where the normal ritual of retail therapy was availed of by many.

Lastly we headed for Monaghan to Neighbourhood restaurant in Glaslough Street where we had a great menu to choose from for a sumptuous 3 course dinner with a few cocktails and glasses of wine thrown in for good measure. Details of opening times and sample menus can be found on


The day started with a very different experience for all of us, carried on with interesting facts about our Ulster heritage and concluded with a wonderful meal.

Many thanks to Jacinta King and Sharon McQuaid for organising our fantastic day and also thanks to Frank our driver for the day who got us to each of our destinations on time.


26th April 2018  Ardaghey ICA news

The April meeting was held on Monday 9th in Ardaghey Community Centre. Dympna welcomed all present including our guests on the night Susan Clarke and Nan Bradford.  

 The prayer was followed by apologies. Votes of sympathy were passed with Philomena Ward on the death of May McPhillips and Áine Watters on the death of her sister Mairéad O'Mullane.

 Sarah read the minutes of the March meeting.Items arising were discussed.             

 A number of our guild members attended the "Oiche Gaeilge" in Corcaghan recently. It was a very enjoyable night, the meal was excellent and we danced the night away to the music of JJ Sound.     The book folding night was a hive of activity and we all went home with a masterpiece !!!! As Dympna was unable to attend, Maureen presented her a beautiful creation.     

 Monaghan Week at An Grianain is from 25th-27th May.Áine and Geraldine were the lucky winners of the two half scholarships. The next Federation meeting will be held in Scotshouse on Wednesday 25th April. Two representatives hope to attend.   

 We will host the Arch Club party in Ardaghey Community Centre on Thursday 26th April.                  

 A date for your diary is The Breakfast morning on Sunday 29th April, your support would be appreciated.

Geraldine gave the Treasurers statement. Half year membership is now due.  Thanks to Sarah a d Aileen for the lovely supper. The raffle was won by Susan, one of our guests.   

        We thoroughly enjoyed the visit of Federation information officers, Nan Bradford and Susan Clarke. Both ladies shared lots of information and useful ideas throughout the meeting and finished off with a number of fun activities and prizes.

Some pictures from the recent Arch Club Party in May.

                                                                             8th March 2018

Ballinode Guild celebrate International Womens day at their recent meeting

As it was International Women’s Day we decided to have some readings and member Breege Lenihan read a piece from “Women on the Edge” entitled “Runaway, Teenage, and Royal Brides” This was local woman Mary Ann Sherry’s story. Life began for Mary Ann in the foothills of the Sliabh Beagh Mountain in the townland of Bragan. She was the 2nd youngest of 8 children, three of whom died in their early teens. Stories of runaway marriages, smuggling, a royal betrothal and her own eventual marriage to local man John Joe Sherry gave an interesting end to our evening. Mary Ann passed away last September and she is described in the article as a fine example of the strong women typical of her generation; that is accepting, humble, unassuming, hardworking, talented and positive. “Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas, síoraí dá hanam uasal”.


March 2018 

Monaghan Federation ICA Oiche Gaelach

Alovely night in Corcaghan cc for our annual Oiche Gaelach. A night of fun ,food music and chat.Many thanks to all who participated and helped make the night the wonderful evening that it was. The evening was hosted by Monaghan Federation President Lorna Soden.

Music on the evening was supplied by The JJ's and a hot and cold buffet was prepared and served by Caroline Niblock and her staff.

As well as waltzing, jiving,line dancing and quick stepping around the floor members also enjoyed the Siege of Ennis. Soloists on the evening were Federation President Lorna Soden from Scotshouse guild, Mary Sheridan, Threemilehouse guild and Rosemary Mc Carville, Clones guild.

   The Federation AGM will take place in Scotshouse on Wednesday 25th April. Check details of the Aldi sponsored Brown Bread competition with Guild Secretaries




Ardaghey Guild at the Oiche Gaelach

Monaghan Federation President Lorna Soden sings "On Top of the World" and what a beautiful voice she has.


 February 2018

Monaghan Federation ICA  

Rita Carbin (Clones Guild)winner of the Federation heat of the Battenburg cake competition, runner up Patricia Carbin(Ballinode Guild)pictured with Federation President Lorna Soden and judges Irene O Brien and Nan Bradford.Rita came 6th place in the National final at an Grianán


February 2018  Scotshouse ICA

Scotshouse ICA enjoying a great Sunday Lunch at The Olde Post Inn, Cloverhill on Sunday 4th February. 23 of us had a wonderful 3 course lunch with plenty of chat going on as well.

January 2018    Ardaghey ICA 

Pictured above Ardaghey ICA with the cup and winning entries for Tydavnet Show August 2017.

December 2017 Clones Guild Events

Clones Christmas craft night

Clones Christmas Craft night

Clones Christmas Party Night

Rita Carolans Winning cupcake entry at the Federation Meeting in Cuan Mhuire

Rita Carolan is congratulated on her winby Eileen Maguire



Official launch of Monaghan Town ICA

     Tuesday 7th November 2017 saw the official launch of the new Monaghan Town ICA Guild. Lorna Soden Federation President officially opened the guild and guild President Catherine O’Dowd outlined the various activities that have been taking place over the past twelve months. Last November Samantha Hawe from Cottontails Cafe gave a demonstration on watercolour painting and then in December Cheryl McCaffrey from Lisnaskea done some lovely Christmas floral arrangements which she kindly donated for the raffle on the night. A talk from Claudine Marron who had visited Honduras with the Trocaire team in October 2016 was very interesting and thought provoking. Catherine Caulfield from true soul therapy based in Ballyalbaney also visited .She talked about acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion and healthy living for the mind and body. Roberta McConkey demonstrated making a carrier bag from a calendar, recycling at its finest and Brenda from Busy Bee Ceramics had some lovely unique pieces of pottery to show us.

     In the New Year a glass painting, Book folding and Deco Patch class given by Lorna Soden was enjoyed by all and we had some lovely finished products at the end of it. Attending the Federation craft day in Ardaghey saw us meet members from other guilds throughout the county and we also had some lovely patchwork cushions home with us. Crochet classes are ongoing and we hope to have a sewing class in the New Year. On the 9th December we travel to the Christmas markets in Belfast and on the 16th December we have arranged to go to the garage theatre to the Christmas show which includes music from the drawing room opera company. A meal is booked beforehand in the Taste of Tuscany restaurant. So all in all we keep busy and there’s something of interest for everyone.

     Catherine O’Dowd thanked most sincerely all the local businesses and members who donated raffle prizes for the official opening and also to all who helped provide the lovely supper.  She also thanked Lorna Soden and her committee for all the help and guidance that was given to help the set up of the guild. The new guild meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in the YWCA centre on the North Road and the next meeting is on Tuesday 5th December when they hope to have some festive cookery and flowers. New members are most welcome.

Monaghan Federation President Lorna Soden congratulates Catherine O'Dowd President of the newly formed guild.




September 2017 Ballinode ICA

Fair and coffee evening


     This was a fun evening with lots to see and do. Of particular interest was Monaghan Mens Shed Danny Gallagher who demonstrated the art of making Porridge bread to a very captive audience. Cinnamon is used instead of sugar to sweeten the bread which tasted delicious. The craft farm Glaslough had an array of crafts on display. This is Geraldine Casey’s new venture and there will be many craft classes taking place in her new hub in Glaslough over the coming months. Find her on Facebook for further details. Wilma from JP Flowers put together some lovely displays which she very generously donated for the raffle later in the evening and the woodturners at the back of the hall had some fine pieces of wood on view.  Our Manicurist Evelyn Fisher was kept busy all night and Loretta Sherry gave some nice foot treatments. Siobhain Fitzgerald from Juice plus had an information stand and the crochet group from Threemilehouse were busy demonstrating and displaying their crochet pieces and there were also some fine examples of Patchwork cushions and quilts on display.  Rosaline McElvaney was there with her sock monkeys which received great attention and Mary Sherry had some of her fascinators on display.  Malcolm Totten’s lovely photograph display on the big screen was enjoyed by all and his very generous donation of photos for sale and one for the raffle was much appreciated. Thanks also to Willie Steenson who donated a nice pen and to Monaghan Men’s Shed who donated the wishing well flower pot for the raffle. Perfections Ballinode also supplied a nice raffle prize. The tea and coffee was on tap all night with plenty of refills available. Much credit is due to all the members who helped organise the event, those who baked and manned the kitchen, and those who had information stands and of course to our reliable soundman that made sure all the demonstrators could be heard effectively

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