Irish Countrywomen's Association

May 2010

In conjunctino with Age & Opportunity's Bealtaine Festival, the Library marked the centenary of the Irish Countrywomen's Association with a display from the records of the ICA. The ICA archive was donated to the Library in 2000, this extensive collection is contained in over 200 archival boxes and includes material relating to the ICA campaigns about issues affecting the lives of women, for example, rural electrification, local water schemes, adult education, and the establishment of An Grianán at Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.

The Irish Countrywomen's Association evolved from the United Irishwomen, founded in 1910 with the aim of promoting 'better living' for rural women. From the outset the organisation was concerned with issues such as family health, education and horticulture.

Today the ICA has 700 local Guilds throughout Ireland in towns, villages and rural areas.

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