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Monaghan Federation ICA Book Launch.

Recently Monaghan Federation ICA as part of the ICA centenary celebrations nationally, launched their book entitled Friendship and Fellowship ICA the Monaghan Story. This book is a tribute to all the members past and present and covers the history of the Federation since it first started in Monaghan in 1955.
The cover of the book depicts a typical Monaghan scene, with its many drumlins and lakes which adorn the landscape. The photograph was taken close to Castleblayney on the old Monaghan road which leads into Annyalla. The back cover depicts a scene at Bragan in the north of the county and the long unending road is symbolic of the existence of ICA over the past 100 years. A short poem written by Kathleen Kieran (Threemilehouse Guild) is on the back cover.

The name of the book was inspired by the strong bond of friendship and fellowship that exists among members, now and in the past and we hope for many future years to come. Other areas included are the progress of ICA throughout the county over the years, members involvement with various fundraising activities, their interest in arts and crafts, their involvement in community affairs and the role members had in effecting change in national Government policy.

On a lighter note some recipes are included, a number of photographs past and present and a selection of poems written by members over the years for the various competitions. Monaghan Federation was very privileged to have two members serve as National President of the Association, namely Josephine Carroll 1972-1975 and Mamo Mc Donald 1982-1985.

The completion of the book has been a great achievement for all involved and thanks is due to the committee who worked tirelessly to bring the project to a conclusion. It is on sale locally in Easons, Matthews, Centra Emyvale and also other locations throughout the county, as well as from the following committee members:  Rosemary Connolly, Aghabog Guild, Geraldine O’Connor and Josephine Reilly, Clones Guild, Maureen Sewell, Threemilehouse Guild, Astrid Moffett, Ballybay Guild, Marie Curley, Ardaghey Guild and Patricia Cavanagh Ballinode Guild(Email) ( At €12 a copy (hardbacked) it is very good value and would make an excellent Christmas gift for friends or family and should be of special interest to those involved in local history or heritage. We acknowledge and appreciate obtaining partial funding from Cavan- Monaghan Leader, the Minister and Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht affairs, the EU and EAFRD, for this project.

Deirdre McQuaid accepts Books on behalf of Monaghan and Clones Branch Libraries. Also in pic - Mary Mullen, Patricia Cavanagh and Marie Curley.

L to R: Patricia Hughes, Loretta McCague, Peggy McElwain, Sarah McDermott and Carmel Meehan.

Ballybay Guild members enjoying the Book.

Theresa Loftus accepts Book on behalf of Monaghan Co. Museum and Clogher Historical Society

Front: Patricia Cavanagh, Mary Mullen, Marie Curley, Geraldine O’Connor. Middle:- Astrid Moffett, Maureen Sewell, Rosemary Connolly. Back:- Mary Strong and Josephine Reilly.

A view of the gathering for the launch in the Westenra Hotel.

Josephine O’Reilly and Geraldine O’Connor, Clones Guild.