Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Garda Joanne O’Mahony and Paul Howard from Abbeyleix Garda Station with members of the Borris-in-Ossory ICA Guild at their recent meeting.

Members of the Borris-in-Ossory ICA Guild met in person in Saint Canice’s Hall recently for the first time following the Covid pandemic.

The meeting was presided over by Hazel Luskin.

At the commencement of the meeting a vote of sympathy was passed with the family of the late Frances Coyne a former member of the guild.

A report was given on the recent Nollag na mBan afternoon tea party in the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow.

Arrangements were also made for members to take part in the Federation table quiz in Spink on Wednesday 15 February.

Members also learned how to make Saint Brigid’s crosses.

Guest speaker on the night was The Laois/Offaly Crime Prevention Officer Garda Sergeant Graham Kavanagh who was accompanied by his colleagues Garda Paul Howard and Joanne O’Mahony from Abbeyleix Garda Station.

Sgt. Kavanagh spoke of An Garda Síochána’s anti-burglary awareness campaign which encourages homeowners to protect their homes over the winter months, by locking their doors, putting alarms on and leaving some outside lights on. He also spoke about burglars calling to householders under false pretences, such as pretending they are gardaí or are checking security.

The competition for the prettiest scarf was won by Mai Clare. In second place was Helen Kavanagh while Noreen Whelan toom third place. The raffle winners were Betty Kelly and Garda Howard. The Maura Flanagan silver salver for the overall competition winner of 2022 was presented to Helen Kavanagh.

The next meeting of the guild takes place on Wednesday 1 March with the competition on the night for the nicest Saint Patrick’s Day card.

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