This page will be a resource for all kinds of health issues.

Osteoporosis (from Irish Osteoporosis Society)
Osteoporosis is the commonest bone disease in the world, even though it is preventable and treatable in the majority of people. Unlike other diseases there are NO signs or symptoms prior to a fracture. It is known as "The Silent Killer", as only 15% of people are diagnosed. One of the major misconceptions is that if a person leads a healthy lifestyle they will not develop osteoporosis. This is not the case. MORE INFO

According to CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme, 30 per cent of women aged 25-60 have still not availed of their free smear test. Having regular smear tests is the best protection against cervical cancer for women aged 25-60. By avoiding their smear tests, these women are putting themselves at greater risk of cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is a cancer of the cells of the cervix (neck of the womb). Early detection and treatment of changes in the cells of the cervix can prevent a cervical cancer developing. The best way to detect changes in the cells of the cervix is by having regular smear tests.

Dr Gráinne Flannelly, Clinical Director of CervicalCheck is urging all women aged 25-60 to go for their free smear tests. She said: “The fact that so many women are avoiding this simple, free test is a cause for concern. I truly hope that women who have not yet had a smear test will take five minutes out of their busy day to be proactive about their health. A smear test is nothing to be embarrassed about. It only takes a few minutes and doctors and practice nurses do hundreds a week.”

CervicalCheck is also aware that women aged over 50 are less likely to have their smear tests. Even if a woman is aged over 50, has reached the menopause or has finished having her family, she still needs to have regular smear tests. It’s just as important for a woman of 56 to have a smear test as it is for a woman aged 25.

CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme provides free smear tests for women aged 25 to 60. There is a choice of over 4,000 male and female smeartakers (GPs doctors and practice nurses) nationwide – and it’s free.

Women don’t need an invitation letter or to register with CervicalCheck. To arrange a smear test they can simply contact a registered smeartaker of their choice to make an appointment. GPs, practice nurses, family planning and women’s health clinics all over Ireland are registered to provide free smear tests. Details of all registered smeartakers are available at or by calling CervicalCheck on Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

Once a woman has had her first CervicalCheck smear test, the programme will let her know when her next smear test is due. A woman can also find the date of her next test by checking online at



08/02/17 - News mailings available for Oct 2016 to Jan 2017.

04/10/16 - September news mailings available.

18/08/2016 - August news available. Some more photos from Castledermot Guild.

05/05/2016 - Some lovely photos from Castledermot Guild.

26/04/16 - March and April news mailings available.

19/02/16 - January and February news mailings available.

17/12/15 - The new An Grianán Programme for 2016 is now available.

26/11/15 - The competitions page has been updated for 2016!

26/11/15 - Craft day in Suncroft on Saturday 28th November.

26/6/15 - Kildare Federation Meeting will take place Mon 29th June at 8pm in The Parish Centre, Newbridge. NB: Judging of the Brown Bread competition will take place on the night, Bread to be in place by 7.30pm. Guild secretaries please let Newbridge Guild know how many will be attending for catering purposes.

22/6/15 - The Kildare Federation Table Quiz will take place on Wed 24th June at 8pm in Maynooth GAA, Moyglare Road, Maynooth. Come along, meet friends and enjoy this fun night!

16/5/15 - May news mailing now available.

29/4/15 - The National Brown Bread Baking Competition 2015 has been announced.

25/4/15 - Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Marie O'Toole as the new National President of ICA!

20/4/15 - April 2015 news mailing.

10/4/15 - Kildare Federation Art and Craft Show will take place on Sat 25th April. Venue: Rathmore Hall, Rathmore, Naas. Details.

10/4/15 - Photos from Guild of the Year competition.

9/4/15 - Dates for your diary at An Grianán this year.

9/4/15 - Congratulations to Kill guild who came 2nd in the Patsy Lawlor Shield for Set Dancing. Congratulations also to Suncroft guild who came 2nd in the national ICA quiz in An Grianán.

27/3/15 - We wish Suncroft Guild all the best in the Quiz Finals and Kill Guild best wishes also in the Set Dancing Competition this weekend!

27/3/15 - March 2015 news mailing.

24/2/15 - Reminder for Guild of the Year Competition on 21st March, in Kilcock. Details on competitions page.

24/2/15 - Lace Convention in an Grianán in Sep 2015.

20/2/15 - February 2015 news mailing.

2/2/15 - January 2015 news mailing.

20/11/14 - International Day

29 October 2014 - Good luck also to Niamh Headon of Ballymore Eustace guild who is representing Kildare in the Gem Pack competition today! Apologies for the omission.

29 October 2014 - Best wishes and good luck to Margaret Houlihan (Maynooth Guild) today in An Grianán from her guild and Kildare Federation! She is the Kildare finalist in the Gem Pack Competition.

27 October 2014 - October 2014 news mailing uploaded.

19 October 2014 - Competitions info for 2014/2015 uploaded.

27 August 2014 - August 2014 news mailing uploaded.

23 August 2014 - Photos have been uploaded from the Wexford trip in June.

20 August 2014 - Photos have been uploaded from the annual Garden Party last month

14 August 2014 - Best of luck today to Joan Zinn Collis (Athy Guild) in the Regional Finals of the Brown Bread Baking Competition in An Grian�n from all in Kildare Federation!

3 February 2014 - Lots of updates! New photos. New An Grianan Programme. The January news mailing.

12 November 2013 - The October news mailing is available to view here.

16 October 2013 - The Competitions section has been fully updated for the coming year! We have also created individual guild pages, see them here!

23 July 2013 - New Irish Pride competition posted in the Competitions section!

19 July 2013 - Best of luck to Mary O'Gorman (Maynooth Guild) who is representing Kildare in the Make and Model Competition Finals at An Grian�n today!

14 May 2013 - Photos and results have been uploaded from the competitions last weekend in Prosperous. Two new pages have been added to the site, Health and Activities.

27 April 2013 - Kildare Federation has booked Prosperous Hall for the following competitions on Sat 11th May, 1pm: Eleanora Gibbon Drama Final, Cup Cakes Competition, Make and Model Competition. Also, Kildare Week in An Grianán is coming up.

09 April 2013 - Photos from AGM 2013 have been uploaded. Also, a new email updates system has been set up. Please enter your email above so we can keep you up to date!

27 March 2013 - We have got the photo galleries working! Please click here to see them. We still have 20 more galleries to upload!

04 March 2013 - We have just launched our brand new website. There are still problems with the photo gallery pages and the individual guild pages, so please bear with us! There are LOTS of photos to upload!

04 March 2013 - Gempack competition deadline 8 March!