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  • Vision Independent Productions | Irish Countrywomen’s Association
    book Flourishing to see if we can give tips on how to improve the happiness and well being of the people of Ireland As part of this show we are holding a series of free seminars with Maureen to be held in Dublin over the next 6 months and working with groups of people from all around the country to see if we really can make a change for the

    Original URL path: http://www.ica.ie/Vision-Independent-Productions.1602.1.aspx (2016-01-06)
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  • Senior Helpline | Irish Countrywomen’s Association
    throughout Ireland Many callers living in rural Ireland suffer from loneliness and isolation they may have health or family worries or be in a crisis situation A minority of calls report elder abuse Senior Help Line s volunteers are trained to respond with support and empathy to all and help a caller explore their options whatever the situation Some people phone regularly and describe the service as their lifeline Senior

    Original URL path: http://www.ica.ie/Senior-Helpline.1606.1.aspx (2016-01-06)
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  • Guild Lace Audit | Irish Countrywomen’s Association
    Lace Audit 17 Apr 2013 I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Irish Country Women s Association who took the time to complete and return questionnaires for the purpose of gathering information for a first ever audit of Irish handmade lace on behalf of the Crafts Council and the Heritage Council Over 60 of the returned questionnaires were from the ladies of the ICA When i initially approached the organisation to ask for its help its president Liz Wall was immediately enthusiastic in her support for this very worthwhile project Questionnaires were duly sent out with the Association s Newsletter and with S A E enclosed If only all National Organisations were as efficient From its inception the I C A has supported women and their craft a craft that in turn supported families in times of extreme hardship Lacemakers work very often staved off the disastrous consequences of the famine All along the journey that is the story of lace making in Ireland the I C A has continuously endeavored to keep wide ranging skills alive The history of lace making has greatly contributed to Ireland s social history to its heritage and

    Original URL path: http://www.ica.ie/Guild-Lace-Audit.1607.1.aspx (2016-01-06)
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  • Make 2014 European Year for Reconciling Work and Family Life | Irish Countrywomen’s Association
    significant pan European grassroots campaign has coalesced around this idea and with one third of the year already behind us it s high time for the Commission to make a final call for 2014 Thanks to a Written Declaration spearheaded by myself and three other MEPs the European Parliament has already formally backed the idea so I hope and expect that the Commission will shortly follow suit the Ireland North West MEP added I have been working closely with COFACE the Confederation of Family Organisations in the EU whose many dedicated and hardworking member organisations including the Irish Countrywomen s Association have backed this idea from day one Harkin said The policy and political reasons for doing so are compelling the reconciliation of work and family life arguably the cornerstone of modern European society is getting more and more difficult especially in the context of demographic change and the current financial and economic crisis Nowadays many people experience that the demands of their profession are immense and that the boundaries between work and family life are blurred There are often increasing performance requirements and availability demands around the clock weekend work shift work and the increasing weekly hours of work These problems concern both highly qualified knowledge workers and low wage jobs It is therefore urgent and timely for us as politicians to take actions in order to support reconciliation measures and help people to improve balancing work and family life Harkin concluded Attached picture Marian Harkin MEP pictured with French MEP Elisabeth Morin Chartier and COFACE Director Agnes Uhereczky at a recent Press Conference calling on the the European Commission to declare 2014 the European year for reconciling work and family life Background Since 1983 the EU has annually declared a European year on a specific subject to encourage

    Original URL path: http://www.ica.ie/Make-2014-European-Year-for-Reconciling-Work-and-Family-Life.1599.1.aspx (2016-01-06)
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  • A Note from Midas Productions | Irish Countrywomen’s Association
    new TV series for TV3 about the coast of Ireland For the Meath coastline we hope to cover a story on the old Butlins holiday camp At the moment we are hoping to find some former staff members who worked there for them to tell us a bit about their experience the atmosphere in the camp the famous red coats and what a huge impact the camp had on the

    Original URL path: http://www.ica.ie/Butlins-Documentary-Request.1580.1.aspx (2016-01-06)
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  • Gempack Recipe Competition 2013 | Irish Countrywomen’s Association
    people using as many Gempack products as possible The menu must include a starter main course and dessert The meal will be one that you would serve at a celebration of the return of a family member to Ireland as part of The Gathering This is an individual competition this year and your entry must be submitted directly to Central Office While the menu should use as many Gempack products

    Original URL path: http://www.ica.ie/Gempack-Recipe-Competition-2013.1497.1.aspx (2016-01-06)
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  • Open Day | Irish Countrywomen’s Association
    Imelda Byrne of Bootcamp fame and Edward Hayden Celebrity chef will make an appearance at 12 noon on the Saturday National President Liz Wall also be joining them SOUTH TIPP Clomel Tipp town and Cashel plans for here LAOIS Laois will have a craft display as well as craft demonstrators on the information stand The Teachta will be present to promote An Grianán Bag making jewelry making card making and Mountmellick lace work in Laois Shopping Centre 10 until 4pm CORK Cork will have an information stand outside the Wilton Shopping Centre from 10 until 4 pm ROSCOMMON Roscommon will have a stand in Hannons Hotel in Roscommon as part of their open day WICKLOW Baltinglass Library from 3 4 Wicklow Library 10 til 12 and Augrim Market from 10 2pm WEXFORD Gorey Shopping Centre from 11 3 with information on upcoming events and the Gathering LONGFORD Tesco Supervalu and Dunnes outside all of them in Longford town 10 4 LIMERICK Abbeyfeale guild organising locally WATERFORD Minaun Guild are Recruiting Displaying Guild work Demonstrations at Ardkeen Shopping Centre Waterford from 10am on Saturday MEATH Meath ICA will have an information stand in Navan Shopping Centre from 11 30am to 4pm

    Original URL path: http://www.ica.ie/Open-Day-for-New-Members.1485.1.aspx (2016-01-06)
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  • The ICA responds to Senator McAleese’s report on the Magdalene Laundries: | Irish Countrywomen’s Association
    Congregations which operated the Laundries and the archives of each Diocese in which a Magdalen Laundry was located Archives of relevant non governmental bodies and organisations and Publicly available sources such as newspaper archives and academic publications As well as the input from Retired civil and public servants including retired members of An Garda Síochána retired Probation Officers retired Factories Inspectors and retired Prison Officers The Religious Sisters who operated and worked in the Magdalene Laundries and Representative and Advocacy Groups and finally Historians The ICA also applauds the subject areas of the report including the history of the laundries the relevant legislation and the different chapters given over to routes of entry into the laundries and the state involvement in that route of entry Also of note in the report is the state funding and financial assistance including state contracts for laundry services and the financial viability of the laundries ICA comments on the content of the report The ICA was surprised at the level of urban women versus rural women who were sent to laundries As well as the fact the lengths of stay varied enormously from only a few weeks up to many years with more than 35 6 only staying for less than 3 months The ICA notes with empathy that the efforts of the nuns in the various orders to help the women in their charge was genuine The nuns offered refuge and the laundry operations provided means of financial support The ICA read with regret chapter 19 on the living and working conditions of the women in the laundries and noted that there has been very little direct information in the public domain on this issue principally because the women concerned have generally either had no opportunity to share their experiences or have felt unable to do so due to a continuing fear of stigma or judgement One fact that struck the ICA is of the numbers of women who were admitted to the laundries from 1922 1996 is a similar figure to the current membership of the ICA The level of state involvement is of particular regret based on the statement by Mr Batt O Keefe on 3 rd October 2009 stating The Magdalene laundries were privately owned and operated establishments which did not come within the responsibility of the State The State did not refer individuals to the Magdalene laundries nor was it complicit in referring individuals to them We now know from the McAleese report that the committee found evidence of direct state involvement in each of the 5 areas examined namely A Routes by which girls and women entered the Laundries B Regulation of the workplace and State inspections of the Laundries C State funding of and financial assistance to the Laundries including contracts for laundry services D Routes by which girls and women left the Laundries E Death registration burials and exhumations We now know that the State inspected the Laundries under the Factories Acts and in doing so

    Original URL path: http://www.ica.ie/ICA-Response-to-Senator-McAleeses-report-on-the-Magdalene-Laundries.1494.1.aspx (2016-01-06)
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