Second annual ICA Craft Fair a resounding success

Aoife Carberry

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Aoife Carberry

Rose Byrne, Ann Devlin and Mary O'Malley at the Craft Fair in the Temperance Hall last weekend. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
There was a buzz about the Temperance Hall on Saturday last, as the Longford Federation ICA (Irish Countrywomen’s Association) held their second annual Craft Fair and Floral Display.

There was a buzz about the Temperance Hall on Saturday last, as the Longford Federation ICA (Irish Countrywomen’s Association) held their second annual Craft Fair and Floral Display.

Large crowds flocked to the Hall to see what was on offer, and they were not left disappointed, as they were treated to crafts, demonstrations and displays to suit every age and interest. Visitors even got the chance to try their hand at some of the crafts, an aspect of the day that was particularly enjoyed by the children in attendance.

Stall-holders consisted of both members and non-members of the ICA, and all agreed that there was a great atmosphere at the fair, while the ICA-run café was kept very busy throughout.

Another popular aspect of the day was the information table, which offered literature about the organisation, including the brand new leaflet for the Longford Federation.

Stating that she was ‘absolutely thrilled’ with how the day was going, Federation President, May Campbell, added that the event was ‘renewing interest in the ICA’.

The ladies from RTÉ’s ICA bootcamp also paid a visit, carrying out demonstrations for the crowds. Speaking to the Leader as she helped locals create beautiful handmade jewellery, Josephine Helley complimented the event, pointing out the fact that people are ‘rediscovering the joy of doing things’.

Dismissing the perception that the ICA is a group of old ladies who just bake and sew, the event proved to be a fun-filled day for all the family. It also gave a small preview into the incredible talents that are contained within the county.

If you missed out on the event, don’t worry, Irish TV were on hand to record it all, and it will be broadcast on Sky channel 191 on July 19.