VP For Ossory Area is Linda Ward.
Linda has been to the fore in helping to organise The Baby Changing Facilities at The Ploughing Championships both when it was hosted in our United Diocese, with the help of Rosaleen Walsh, and helping out Meath & Kildare when they hosted it over the last couple of years.
The Baby Changing Facilities are greatly appreciated by families with babies and toddlers who attend the ploughing as it provides them with a clean, safe environment in which to feed and change their child/children.
Linda in her role as VP also organises the Area Meetings for Ossory Area and the Annual Vigil for The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence. The 2016 Vigil was held in Kilkenny and the 2017 Vigil took place in St. Laserian's Cathedral, Old Leighlin. Toiletries are collected at the Vigils and distributed to local women' refuges.
Some members of Kilkenny Branch with
their Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree Festival Dec. 2017
Branch News from Ossory Area
Castlecomer: Founded 1928
Castlecomer Branch held a very well attended meeting in October (2017) when guest speaker, Valerie James, gave all gathered lots of advice and fashion tips. Iris Wilson, Marion Minion and Sandra Parr were the three models on the night and they wore outfits from The Edingurgh Mills at the Arboretum.
The guest speaker for the November Meeting was Marion Graham and she demonstrated some seasonal floral arrangements.
In December the Branch held an outing to The Edward Hayden Cookery School in Graiguenamanagh. Everyone enjoyed a lovely evening of good food and great company.
The Branch had a large attendance at the Jauary meeting when the topic of "Dementia Awareness" was discussed.
The branch's next meeting takes place in Wandesforde Hall on February 13th and will feature the branch's Annual Tea Party and exchange of Prayer Partner Gift.
Kilkenny: Founded 1895
Kilkenny Branch hosted The Festival Service in St. Canice's Cathedral on Wednesday 31st May 2017. The special preacher at this service was our Bishop, Rt. Revd. M.A.J. Burrows, and 9 Trustees were commissioned at this service. The ladies from Kilkenny Branch hosted a lovely tea in the Cathedral after the service.
Kilkenny Branch also decorate a tree for the Christmas Tree Festival that is held in St. Canice's Cathedral every December. Some members of Kilkenny Branch are pictured on the left with their Christmas tree for the 2017 Festival.
Mountrath: Founded 1909
Mountrath Branch had a demonstration on card making and decorating candles by Edwina Cuddy at their November 2017 meeting.
In April 2018 the branch had a very informative talk given by Bernadette Cass from the Health Shop in Portlaoise.
Rathdowney: Founded 1950