Kildare woman elected regional ICA President

A Maynooth woman has been elected regional president of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association.

A Maynooth woman has been elected regional president of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association.

Norah McDermott, a member of the Maynooth Guild in the Kildare Federation, was one of a number of new Regional Presidents elected.

Along with Aloma McKay of Ennistymon Guild Clare Federation, she will serve the South and East Region, serving 14 counties, for a three year term.

Thirty eight years a member of the now 10,000 strong ICA, Norah has served on the national committee and has completed two years as President of the Kildare Federation which has 450 members in 23 guilds.

They include a new national President, Liz Wall from the Ashford guild in Wicklow.

The elections were unusual in that for the first time in 102 years of elections all presidents both regional and national and all national officers were voted in at the same time.

Along with volunteer ICA activity, Nora, has a well known volunteer in the community games over many years, at Leixlip, county and Leinster level and Athletics Ireland.

She has also been treasurer of the Clane Little Way Cancer Centre for the past fine years.

A native of Leixlip, Norah is a third generation. Her well known father was Thomas “Sue” Harte, who worked with Doherty’s Coal Merchants in the Dublin, and was a keen sportsman.

Married to Phillip, a Cavan native but Leixlip resident since he was 10, they have three children, AnnaMarie, Darren and Tanya, two grandsons, Lyndon and Tyce, and grandaughter, Ella.

ICA spokesperson, Rebecca Ryan, said 89% of the total electorate voted which, she said, is a huge endorsement of the interest in the agenda of the candidates.

The two new Regional Presidents of the Border Midlands and West region are Kathleen Gorman of the Ballyroan Guild in Laois Federation and Mary Harkin of Lakeview Guild in Sligo Federation.

Mary Harrahill Horace Plunkett Guild Dunsany, Meath Federation, was elected National Treasurer.

The outgoing national President Anne Maria Dennison said te ICA was blessed with the number and calibre of candidates in this election.