Abbeyleix ICA launch their 100 years book

Pictured in Abbeyleix Heritage House were Pat O'Halloran, Pres Abbeyleix Guild, Betty Gorman, I.C.A Fed Pres. Liz Wall, National Pres, Mary Hearns, Orla Mulligan. Alice Reilly, Abbeyleix Guild, Catherine Smith, Sec Abbeyleix Guild, and Mary Sweeney, Cathaoirleach Laois Co. Co. Picture Denis Byrne.
The ladies of Abbeyleix ICA launched their book ‘Celebrating 100 years of the ICA’ to a packed room in Heritage House last week.

The ladies of Abbeyleix ICA launched their book ‘Celebrating 100 years of the ICA’ to a packed room in Heritage House last week.

The huge crowd who turned out despite the weather was testament to the quality of the book and the interest it holds for many in the town. As well as documenting the history of the ICA in Abbeyleix over the last ten decades, the book also serves as a very important social historical reference for the town, its many events and festivals and all the people who live and used to live there.

On the night a number of people spoke and congratulated the Abbeyleix ICA ladies on their months of hard work, collecting data, photos and articles. The book was the brainchild of Mary Hearns, and she was ably assisted by her daughter Aine as well as Mary White.

Abbeyleix ICA president Pat O’ Halloran thanked everyone who contributed to the book as well as Laois Partnership. She also welcomed any new members to join.

Laois Federation president Betty Gorman also praised the book and the ICA, stating that she had made many wonderful friends through the association. Also speaking on the night was ICA president Liz Wall, who told the huge crowd that she was delighted to be there.

“I want to tell you how proud I am to be here today. This is a wonderful book and 100 years of history is an incredible achievement. Abbeyleix has much to celebrate.”

She added that the ICA gives a voice to women at guild and federation level: “May this be the first of many centenary celebrations in Laois.”

The book is now available and would make a wonderful Christmas stocking filler for anyone living home or abroad.