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Saturday 19 October 2019

50 years of Davidstown ICA

Maggie Crean (present President), Eithne Cosgrave (first President), Mary D’Arcy (Federation President) and Mary Murphy (secretary), cutting the cake, at the Davidstown ICA Guild 50th anniversary dinner in Wheelock Fruits
Maggie Crean (present President), Eithne Cosgrave (first President), Mary D’Arcy (Federation President) and Mary Murphy (secretary), cutting the cake, at the Davidstown ICA Guild 50th anniversary dinner in Wheelock Fruits

Brendan keane

There were scenes of great celebration in Wheelock's Farm Cafe when the members of Davidstown ICA celebrated the branch's 50th anniversary.

Over 50 current and past members along with friends and guests attended the event in addition to Federation President, Mary D'Arcy, and Federation PRO, Breda Banville.

The original guild formed shortly after the Bree guild ceased in the 1960s which left a huge void in the lives of many women.

In 1969, Eithne Cosgrave and Bridie Martin recognised the value of the association and the importance to women of regular interaction with each other.

They canvassed for a few members and 40 ladies enrolled at the first Davidstown guild meeting held on September 9, 1969, with Eithne Cosgrave elected as its first President.

The current President, Maggie Crean, welcomed everyone to the anniversary dinner in Wheelock's.

After a minutes silence was observed for deceased members Ms Crean gave an account of the guild's activities over the last 50 years which included trips to Prague, Northern Ireland, and Wales.

Various courses the guild members participated in down through the years were also outlined to those present and it was outlined that the Davidstown guild has always been supportive of initiatives like the special occasion competition.

The Federation President, Mary D'Arcy, congratulated the Davidstown members on the active involvement at meetings and events. Following the speeches the members enjoyed a lovely meal and a two tier anniversary cake made by guild Secretary, Mary Murphy,

It was a great event to mark a milestone anniversary.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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