The meeting was opened by Acting President Julie Rollison. Secretary Sheila Martin then read the minutes and matters arising. This included a vote for the top two WI resolutions - 'Alleviating loneliness' and 'Keeping microplastic fibres out of our oceans'. These topics will go forward to be discussed at the Annual General Meeting in Liverpool in June.
Transport arrangements for the August trip to the Helena Thompson Museum were discussed..
Our speaker for the evening was Maurice Steele, who took us on a spectacular journey around Ireland. This involved some excellent photography with musical dialogue. We were shown different aspects of history, scenery of the Burren National Park. We were then transported to Dublin, with its grand Georgian architecture, a visit to the Guinness brewery, and reminders of Ireland's sad history. We also saw the unspoilt west coast of Connemara, with its raw landscape of laced drystone walls. Our visit to Northern Ireland's capital Belfast included its colourful history, from its shipyards and City Hall to large colourful murals on the Falls and Shanklin Roads with its complex history of the Catholic and Protestant populations. His tour finished with a visit to the dramatic and striking landscape of the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim.
Maurice certainly took us on a very emotional journey through a very beautiful country.
The competition, 'An Irish Souvenir' was won by
Ann Lister, with Pat Harper in second place.
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