ICA founding member is remembered in Bree

By David Tucker

Published 15/09/2015 | 00:00

Fr Michael Byrne, Dee Devereux, Mary McNamara, Shirley Power, Marie O'Toole, National President ICA, Deirdre Connery, Wexford Federation President, Anita McNamara and Rev Robert Stotesbury.
Fr Michael Byrne, Dee Devereux, Mary McNamara, Shirley Power, Marie O'Toole, National President ICA, Deirdre Connery, Wexford Federation President, Anita McNamara and Rev Robert Stotesbury.

The 75th anniversary of the death of Anita Lett, founder of the ICA, drew a large number of members out on a very fine evening to St. John's Church, Clonmore, Bree.

The ecumenical service was led by Reverend Robert Stotesbury with Fr Michael Byrne speaking about Anita Lett's life and her contribution through the ICA.

A display of ICA related items, including a photo of Anita Lett, craft, homemade bread, books and ICA badges were placed on the altar. The service included appropriate readings and music was provided by Hilda Plant.

Readings were by Marie O'Toole, National President and Dee Devereux, South & East Regional President.

Anita Lett's granddaughter Anita McNamara and her husband Dominic McNamara were among the invited guests, who also included the National President Marie O'Toole, National Secretary Shirley Power and National Treasurer Mary McNamara. Prayers of the faithful were read by Deirdre Connery, Federation President, Anita McNamara, Breda Banville Federation Vice President and Breda Dunne, Bree guild.

On completion of the service a wreath made by Breda Banville was laid on Anita's grave by Marie O'Toole. Both Deirdre Connery and Marie spoke at the graveside of the contribution Anita Lett had made by starting the ICA. The group then proceeded to visit Bree Garden which wa followed by refreshments at Bree Community Centre. Breda Cahill, Vice President of Bree Guild welcomed everyone and thanked the following people who had helped make the evening a great success, Rev Robert, Hilda Plant, Fr. Michael, Mary and George Spenser, Bree guild committee and members and Mary Fitzgerald who produced the booklets for the evening. Breda thanked the guests for attending and a gift was presented to Marie O'Toole by Wexford Federation,

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