Papers of County Longford Irish Countrywomen’s Association (I.C.A.)

Repository: Longford County Archives

Identity Statement

TitlePapers of County Longford Irish Countrywomen's Association (I.C.A.)
Archive ReferenceIE LDCA/P6
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates(1945-)1947- 2007
Extent Medium7 boxes


Creator(s): Guilds and federation of County Longford I.C.A.

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Irish Countrywomen’s Association was founded as the Society of United Irishwomen in 1910, inspired by Sir Horace Plunkett’s co-operative movement. The first branch was in Bree, County Wexford. In 1935, that organisation was dissolved and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (Bantracht na Tuaithe) established in its place. Since then, the I.C.A. operates in every county. In 1954, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation entrusted An Grianán, a large country house near Termonfeckin, County Louth, to the I.C.A.. It has since served as its headquarters and an adult education centre. The guild is the local branch, headed by a president. All guilds in a county belong to the county federation, which has its own executive. Federation meetings are held quarterly and are open to all guild members. The I.C.A. in Longford began in 1939 when Mrs Alice MacEoin, wife of Lt. Gen. Seán MacEoin, invited ladies in her area to form a guild in Ballinalee.
  • Archival History ↴

    The collection was deposited by individual guilds and the federation in the period 2005-2007.
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Guilds and federation of County Longford I.C.A. ↴

    The collection includes minutes from most guilds in Longford, and other material from many, including annual reports, correspondence and photographs. The county federation archives include minutes, since 1948, and correspondence and other items.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    There will be accruals.
  • Arrangement ↴

    For most guilds, there are surviving minutes and many have other material which has been arranged as follows, where applicable: annual reports; membership; activities; financial matters; correspondence; photographs; printed items.
    The federation archives are arranged: minutes; activities; contacts with central office; Country Markets Ltd; photographs; and newspaper cuttings.

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Available in Library HQ. All items under thirty years old are closed.
Conditions Governing ReproductionNo photocopying is permitted.
Creation Dates(1945-)1947- 2007
Extent Medium7 boxes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Finding Aids Item-level descriptive list Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteMartin Morris
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions40603