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Welcome to the Cashel, Ferns, Ossory Mothers' Union website. The website will carry news, articles and photographs of Mothers' Union events throughout the United Diocese and also All-Ireland news.

The website will be regularly updated and if any Branch wishes to have an event, article or photograph published on the website please forward it to our Diocesan Secretary, Margaret Jacob. Email:

Please ensure that you have permission from any person who is going to be named in a photograph before sending it in to appear on the website.

All photographs and articles will remain copyright of the website and may not be copied.

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16 Days of Activism Against
Gender Based Violence

*Sunday 8th December @ 4p.m.*
(Note change of date)
Christ Church, Waterford
"Souls of Our Shoes Exhibition"


Festival Service : St Mary's, Clonmel
Sunday 15th March 2020 @ 3.30p.m.

Spring Council 2020
The Woodford Dolmen Hotel
Wednesday 29th April
@ 10 a.m.


Cashel, Ferns, Ossory
Mothers' Union

For further information please contact:

Diocesan Secretary: Margaret Jacob

Lesley Bayley

We welcome Lesley Bayley as the new Diocesan President of
Cashel, Ferns, Ossory Mothers' Union.
We wish her every blessing in her new role.
Lesley is also a Diocesan Reader.

A Letter from the Diocesan President
Lesley Bayley

Dear fellow members,

I would like to begin by thanking all those who sent cards, emails, texts, telephoned me, and/or came to my father’s funeral. I was deeply touched by your support and prayers throughout his short illness, and can never thank you all enough for your kindness to me on his passing.

On Saturday the 2nd of November a number of Diocesan Trustees travelled to the Springfield Hotel, in Leixlip, for the All Ireland Autumn Council. There was lots to be discussed, including the news that a new AI Honorary Treasurer has been appointed. He is the Revd. Ken Rue, who ministers in Killesky, Co. Wicklow, and is by profession a chartered accountant.
June Butler and Jacqui Armstrong launched the Mothers’ Union involvement in the ‘Thursdays in Black’ initiative, which was originally introduced by the World Council of Churches in 1998, and re-launched in 2018, as a means to campaign for an end to violence and rape worldwide. This is turn was launched on Tuesday the 5th at our own Autumn Diocesan Council meeting in the Dolmen Hotel, in Carlow.

There was a good attendance, but many branches were once again not represented. While I appreciate that some people may for various reasons not be able to travel, it is important that branches send someone in order to keep up to date with information at both diocesan and All Ireland level.
Every good wish and blessing,

Lesley Bayley BA ThM
Diocesan President Cashel, Ferns and Ossory
Dates for your diary:
  • Sunday 8th of December ~ 16 Days service in Waterford Cathedral at 4pm.

  • Sunday 15th of March 2020 ~ Festival Service in St. Mary’s, Clonmel at 3.30pm.

  • Sunday 29th of March 2020 ~ Service with Sheran Harper (Worldwide President) in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin at 3.15pm.

Wishing all members a very
Happy & Peaceful Christmas


Mothers' Union Video

Click on the Mothers' Union emblem below to see the video highlighting the work of Mothers' Union which was filmed at the Triennial Conference in Termonfeckin in March 2017

The video features members of Mothers' Union from around Ireland telling all about the organisation and the many different projects supported by Mothers' Union both here at home and in Third World Countries.

One of the clips features our very own Joan Blake,who can be seen knitting a matinee jacket and talking about the Mothers' Union Knitting Project

Bishop Michael & June Butler All-Ireland President
at the commissioning of
Lesley Bayley ~ Diocesan President

Click on the picture above to bring you
to a  report on the Festival Service 2019

Mother's Union at Synod 2019

Many members from the Diocese attended the General Synod in the Millennium Forum, Derry/Londonderry, 16th – 18th May. Some of our members appear in the picture on the left at the Mothers' Union stand at Synod, along with the All-Ireland President, June Butler. The Mothers' Union stand is always very popular and does a great deal to promote the work of Mothers' Union at home and abroad.

We were delighted that our website was awarded the runners-up prize for websites in "The Affiliated Associations" section. Lesley Bayley, our Diocesan President, was present at a function in The Guild Hall to collect the award.
The winning website in this section was Dublin/Glendalough Mothers' Union.

The judges had the following to say about the website:

‘… a website packed with information about the work of the Mother’s Union. It is kept up to date and gives a good sense of the identity and the work of the organisation.’

MULOA is a new initiative from Mothers' Union
which aims to look at Mothers' Union going forward.
You will be hearing a lot about it at Branch Level in the coming months.
Click on the MULOA symbol to see a short video about this initiative.


We pray that our God will make us fit for what he’s called us to be,
that he’ll fill our good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy
so that it all amounts to something.

As our lives honour the name of Jesus,
may he honour us, by his grace; our God giving himself freely,
the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely. Amen

Based on 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (The Message)

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Republic of Ireland:
Mothers’ Union in Ireland is recognised as a Charity by the Revenue Commissioners, 5161.

Registered Charity Number - 20007331 (Charities Regulatory Authority).

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