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ICA Delegation visits City Hall to commemorate Centenary

ICA Delegation Aerial photo

An aerial view of the ICA delegation hosted by Lord Mayor Dara Murphy

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Dara Murphy, accompained by the Lady Mayoress Tanya Murphy hosted a delegation from the ICA ( Irish Countrywomen's Association) on May 17th to mark the organisation's centenary this year. The group comprised of delegates from over Ireland and the President and members were received for a reception hosted by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress in the Council Chamber.

The Irish Countrywoman’s Association was set up in 1910 for the benefit of rural women some of whom were living in isolation. It was the inspiration of a woman called Anita Lett and was set up by Sir Horace Plunkett. The original name for the organisation was the united Irish women, this name was changed in 1935 as it was being confused with the United Irish political party. 

The urban/rural divide was very prominent in the early part of the last century; isolation was felt by many women all over the country. The Irish Countrywomen’s Association was at the forefront to eliminate this. It encouraged all women to come together for their common good. The root principal of the organisation is self-help.

 ICA Commemorative Stamp

Stamp issued to commemorate organisation's Centenary in 2010

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