Ballingeary is situated about 3 miles west of Cahir off the Cahir/Clonmel road towards Poulmucka/Fethard.
The first Officers were:- President - Jenny Kiely, Secretary May Hanrahan and Treasurer Peggy O'Brien. Both Jenny and Peggy later served at I.C.A .National Level as Presidents of South Tipperary Federation.
Monthly meeting are held on the first Wednesdays at Ballingeary Schoolhouse, where members share their friendship, skills and knowledge. Committee meetings are held as and when required, and we are now part of a Federation of 29 other Guilds in South Tipperary. Our present membership is 57 and our Guild always welcomes guests and new members.
We have had an extensive list of Guest Speakers and Demonstrators down through the years on such topics as Country Markets, leatherwork, home economics, shell craft, keep fit, tapestry, wood turning, Community Alert, 3d Decoupage, MABS. Thi Chi, Homeopathy, Colour me beautiful Consultant, Citizens Information, REPS and weaving to mention but a few.
Our community activities include catering for the local Ploughing Association Championships in the autumn to cleaning and preparing the Cemeteries in Kyle, Mortlestown and Loughloher for the Annual Masses.
We fundraise for Breast Cancer Research and Hospice.
Art and Craft classes are held in winter and spring and presently we have just completed a course in First Aid and are about to commence classes in weaving and paper making.
Our members have been busy preparing for the Arts, Crafts and Produce day at Halla na Feile, Cashel. We also take part in drama, dance and debate.
Our keep fit activities include swimming on Friday nights, walks on Tuesday evenings in Summer and Pitch and Putt on Saturday afternoons. We compete in the I.C.A. Federation and National Competitions in Pitch and Putt each year.
Some of our members attend at An Grianan, the National Adult Education College run by I.C.A. either during Tipperary week or at other times during the year. An Grianan provides week-long courses and short breaks on "all kinds of everything" with full board and accommodation set in idyllic rustic seclusion. An Grianan is also a perfect venue for Conferences and Meetings, it is open to both male and female and is renowned for its hospitality and warm welcome. It is located at Termonfeckin, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
I hope you have enjoyed browsing through our website. If you are new to the area or would like to do something different, I.C.A. is an ideal way to meet new people and make new friends.
Please feel free to come along and join us to become part of this friendly group and, if you wish, participate in our varied activities.