The ICA- 1969-2006

In 1968 the women’s section of Muintir Na Tíre were asked to help with the rural week being held in St Munchins college, Limerick. There, they saw a display of crafts by the Limerick ICA which greatly impressed them. They were encouraged by the Limerick ICA to form a guild. In January 1969, a meeting was held in Cappagh school and there the guild was founded.


The founder members and officers elected that night were Mrs Nan Ruttle, Ballingrane, president; Mrs Peg O’Donovan, Newbridge, secretary and Mrs May Ruttle, Callow, treasurer.  In the early days they met in the house of Nan Ruttle. Those taking part were, Ms Peg O’ Donovan, Elsie Lowes, Mary Murphy, Frances Baker, Mary Higgins, Mary Fitzgerald, E Weir, Peg Hennessy, Kay Duggan, Ann woulfe, Margaret Shanahan, Kitty Bourke, Mr Culloty and Mrs Hogan.


Much of their early fund raising was in aid of the Cheshire Home Newcastle West. They also supported many local charities. For many years they joined with Muintir na TÍre in holding an annual dinner-dance. Members of the guild were frequent prize winners in their displays of arts and crafts. Mrs Elma Barry, Boolaglass  won her way to the all-Ireland final of the make and model competition and was a strong contender for the title.





Celebrating the 21st anniversary of the ICA. L_R back row: Nan Ruttle, Julia Culloty, Kitty Bourke, Mary O’ Riordan. Front Row: Elsie Lowes, Vera Culhane, Anne Hogan, Ethel Baker.


Observer clippings




Entries for Rathkeale Show
Celebrating the 21st anniversary at a Bunratty Banquet circa 1990
Celebrating Nan Ruttle’s 80th birthday. L-R back row: Anne Hogan, Catherine Scanlon, Maighréad Feehan, Mary Murphy, Sheila Mc Namara, Francie Baker. Front row: Nan Ruttle,  Kitty Bourke, Elsie Lowes and Ethel Baker



Back row L-R Ethel Baker, Nan Ruttle, Gret Shanahan, Elsie Lowes, Maighréad Feehan, Mary O’ Riordan. Front row: Anne Hogan jnr, Ann Cregan, Helen Culloty, Mai Madigan, Anne Hogan
Elsie Lowes and Eva Ruttle
Poem by Ethel Baker
Poem by Nan Ruttle
ICA home remedies



All photographs and clippings supplied by Mai Madigan and Maighréad feehan