An Grianán Programme 2016
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Friends of An Grianán.
(A history from ICA Handbook 2012)
The Kellogg Foundation of America had sufficient trust and confidence in the ICA in 1954 to provide funding to secure a college for the health, education and welfare of the people of Ireland. This college was An Grianán, Adult Education College at Termonfechin near Drogheda, Co Louth. ICA was the first organisation to introduce Adult Education in Ireland.
From the beginning, classes were organised which served local communities and covered a variety of subjects. It was a time when women tended to have little or no formal education and so these opportunities were profoundly important. Well before the establishment of the VECs in 1930, ICA was leading the way in this field of education and this remains a core part of our work to the present. Classes and learning opportunities happen at Guild and at Federation levels and since 1954 the ICA Adult Education College at An Grianán has provided thousands of courses and continues to do so.
Who wouldn’t want to visit An Grianán after reading this excerpt from a report given by Marie Lewis (one time Administrator of An Grianán and later General Secretary of the ICA);
“I first saw An Grianán in Autumn and in sunshine. The name in burnished copper lettering encircled the curved stonework leading to double wrought iron gates. A sweep of gravelled avenue, patterned with shadows from overhanging ancient trees, curled through lush parkland. In the close-cut lawn facing the house, a cherry tree in flaming colours stood in a circle of coloured crisp leaves. It was love at first sight”
In 1998 the ICA opened “The Sanctuary” at An Grianán. The six self-catering bungalows are available for rent to anyone seeking a break and time out to enjoy An Grianán or the many facilities and beautiful countryside of the North East.
04/10/16 - September news
18/08/2016 - August news
available. Some more photos from
05/05/2016 - Some lovely photos from Castledermot Guild.
26/04/16 - March and April news mailings available.
19/02/16 - January and February news mailings available.
17/12/15 - The new An Grianán Programme for 2016 is now available.
26/11/15 - The competitions page has been updated for 2016!
26/11/15 - Craft day in Suncroft on Saturday 28th November.
26/6/15 - Kildare Federation Meeting will take place Mon 29th June at 8pm in The Parish Centre, Newbridge.
NB: Judging of the Brown Bread competition will take place on the night, Bread to be in place by 7.30pm.
Guild secretaries please let Newbridge Guild know how many will be attending for catering purposes.
22/6/15 - The Kildare Federation Table Quiz will take place on Wed 24th June at 8pm in Maynooth GAA, Moyglare Road, Maynooth. Come along, meet friends and enjoy this fun night!
16/5/15 - May news mailing now available.
29/4/15 - The National Brown Bread Baking Competition 2015 has been announced.
25/4/15 - Congratulations and best wishes for the future to Marie O'Toole as the new National President of ICA!
20/4/15 - April 2015 news mailing.
10/4/15 - Kildare Federation Art and Craft Show will take place on Sat 25th April. Venue: Rathmore Hall, Rathmore, Naas. Details.
10/4/15 - Photos from Guild of the Year competition.
9/4/15 - Dates for your diary at An Grianán this year.
9/4/15 - Congratulations to Kill guild who came 2nd in the Patsy Lawlor Shield for Set Dancing. Congratulations also to Suncroft guild who came 2nd in the national ICA quiz in An Grianán.
27/3/15 - We wish Suncroft Guild all the best in the Quiz Finals and Kill Guild best wishes also in the Set Dancing Competition this weekend!
27/3/15 - March 2015 news mailing.
24/2/15 - Reminder for Guild of the Year Competition on 21st March, in Kilcock. Details on competitions page.
24/2/15 - Lace Convention in an Grianán in Sep 2015.
20/2/15 - February 2015 news mailing.
2/2/15 - January 2015 news mailing.
20/11/14 - International Day
29 October 2014 - Good luck also to Niamh Headon of Ballymore Eustace guild who is representing Kildare in the Gem Pack competition today! Apologies for the omission.
29 October 2014 - Best wishes and good luck to Margaret Houlihan (Maynooth Guild) today in An Grianán from her guild and Kildare Federation! She is the Kildare finalist in the Gem Pack Competition.
27 October 2014 - October 2014 news mailing uploaded.
19 October 2014 - Competitions info for 2014/2015 uploaded.
27 August 2014 - August 2014 news mailing uploaded.
23 August 2014 - Photos have been uploaded from the Wexford trip in June.
20 August 2014 - Photos have been uploaded from the annual Garden Party last month
14 August 2014 - Best of luck today to Joan Zinn Collis (Athy Guild) in the Regional Finals of the Brown Bread Baking Competition in An Grianï¿½n from all in Kildare Federation!
3 February 2014 - Lots of updates! New photos. New An Grianan Programme. The January news mailing.
12 November 2013 - The October news mailing is available to view here.
16 October 2013 - The Competitions section has been fully updated for the coming year! We have also created individual guild pages, see them here!
23 July 2013 - New Irish Pride competition posted in the Competitions section!
19 July 2013 - Best of luck to Mary O'Gorman (Maynooth Guild) who is representing Kildare in the Make and Model Competition Finals at An Grianï¿½n today!
14 May 2013 -
Photos and results have been uploaded from the competitions last weekend in Prosperous. Two new pages have been added to the site,
Health and Activities.
27 April 2013 - Kildare Federation has booked Prosperous Hall for the following
competitions on Sat 11th May, 1pm: Eleanora Gibbon Drama Final, Cup Cakes Competition, Make and Model Competition.
Also, Kildare Week in An Grianán is coming up.
09 April 2013 - Photos from AGM 2013 have been uploaded. Also, a new email updates system has been set up. Please enter your email above so we can keep you up to date!
27 March 2013 - We have got the photo galleries working! Please click here to see them. We still have 20 more galleries to upload!
04 March 2013 - We have just launched our brand new website. There are still problems with the photo gallery pages and the individual guild pages, so please bear with us! There are LOTS of photos to upload!
04 March 2013 - Gempack competition deadline 8 March!