The Gormans take up key ICA posts

CAstletown ICA guild member, Betty Gorman has began her second term as President of the Laois Federation of the ICA while her colleague and outgoing president, Kathleen Gorman, is set to take up another prestigious post in the association.

CAstletown ICA guild member, Betty Gorman has began her second term as President of the Laois Federation of the ICA while her colleague and outgoing president, Kathleen Gorman, is set to take up another prestigious post in the association.

Betty was elected at the Federation’s AGM which was held in Arles, last month.

“I’m delighted to return for a second term and that I am so well to be able to return. Just looking at the names on the chain, I think I am the first person to return to the office for a second term.”

Betty last served as the Federation President from 2002-05 and is looking forward to the challenge .

“I’m looking forward to the next three years with great enthusiasm. The ICA has given me a great deal and it’s nice to be able to give something back.”

Betty has been a member of the Castletown Guild, which is one of the oldest in Ireland, for the last 38 years. She has used her time with the ICA to continue to educate herself in her love for arts and crafts.

One of her first duties as President, will be to take charge of the Laois Week in An Grianan, which she has organised through her role as Teachta.

“I will be taking 38 ladies to An Grianan from June 11-15, that will be my first big thing.”

Betty says she has a clear vision of what she wants to achieve over the next three years and plans to visit each guild in Laois personally, organise a group meeting and encourage the social aspect of ICA by organising a fashion show.

“I’m also looking forward to our foreign trip to Spain at the end of September. It’s a great way to end the year. Money can’t buy the friendship of the ICA, we all look after each other,” she adds.

Having handed over her chain of office after four years at the helm of the Laois Federation, Kathleen Gorman is one of two new regional Presidents of ICA and will formally take up her new position at the organisation’s AGM which will be held in the County Arms Hotel in Birr, later this month.

Kathleen, who has been a member of the Ballyroan guild for the last 35 years and Mary Harkin from Sligo will the first regional presidents for the Border, Midlands and West. This means that Kathleen’s patch will extend from Laois to Donegal.

“To try and rejuvenate ICA, a new constitution was drawn up with lots of changes. One was that there would be an election year every three years, this is the first one.

“The President elect, Liz Wall, is currently drawing up the brief for the Regional Presidents, but it will be assisting her in her duties throughout the region.

“I’m delighted, I have a passion for ICA, I put my all into it,” said Kathleen.