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20 August 2014 - ICA Summer Outing 2014

Members of Maynooth guild went on an outing to Wexford visiting Ferns Tapestry and Castle. Everybody had a wonderful time from the tea and scones to the Tapestry and then on to the Castle. We had wonderful information guides and if you haven't seen the tapestry it is impossible to describe them. You just have to go and visit them. After visiting the castle some of us met a lady who had actually worked on the Ferns tapestry, the lady in the straw hat and blue cardigan in the photos. A lovely lady with her daughter on the right in the photo and Maynooth President Catherine O'Reilly on the left.

We then headed to Newross to see the Rostapestry and have lunch. More beautiful needlework to be seen in the tapestries there and we got to see some of the tapestries in progress upstairs. Some of the members were shown how to do some stitches in these wonderful pieces still in progress. Lovely to visit in years to come and say, "I stitched those few stitches there".

16 August 2014 - ICA Annual Garden Party July 18th 2014

There was a troupe of Irish dancers to entertain us in the open air while we chatted and caught up with old friends. Then there was the Fashion Show with some of our ICA ladies modelling some beautiful creations from McElhinneys. Always something to suit everybody at this store. The rain held off for all of this and the sun even came out to make the day very pleasant.

After this we had the Make and Model Competition entrants modelling their fascinators and handbags. The standard was very high and I'm sure the judges had a difficult time choosing the winner.

The icing on the cake for Kildare Federation was Mary O'Gorman (Maynooth Guild) winning the Make & Model Competition which was sponsored by Hickeys. Well done Mary!

A cold buffet followed and a BBQ to really spoil us. There were also lots of stalls where you could buy handbags, jewellery, scarves, candles and lots more. Strawberries and cream was on the menu then and on to the dancing in the main hall to round off the day.

27 April 2014 - The Federation final for the Make & Model Competition (handbag & fascinator) will be held in the Day Care Centre Kildare Town (Tuesday 27th May 2014). Time to be confirmed at a later date
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ACWW November 2013 newsletter here.
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24 August 2013 - The Hickey´┐Żs Make and Model competition for the best Fascinator and Handbag was held during the Fashion Show at the Garden Party in An Grian´┐Żn recently. First prize was awarded to Josephine Kenny of Leitrim Federation. Second prize was awarded to Kay Kearney of Cork Federation. Third prize was awarded to Breda McDonald of Kilkenny Federation. The prizes were presented by Ian Donnelly of Hickey´┐Żs Fabrics and all prize winners received a piece of Colm De Ris pottery.

We would also like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Maria McCabe (President of Fontstown Guild) and Jimmy Treacy on their recent marriage, from everyone in ICA Kildare Federation.

14 May 2013 - The standard was very high this year for the competitions - Baking, Make and Model (Fascinator & Handbag) and Drama but it was congratulations all round to Maynooth on Saturday, 11th May in Prosperous Hall.

Margaret Houlihan (Maynooth Guild) will be representing Kildare in the Baking Competition in June. Mary O'Gorman (Maynooth Guild) will be representing Kildare in the Make and Model and yes it's Maynooth again who will be representing Kildare in the Drama.

Well done to all who entered the competitions. It was a perfect venue and a lovely afternoon was had by all.

April 2013 news mailing here
February 2013 news mailing here.



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´┐Żn 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´┐Żn 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!