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The Diocesan President of
Cashel, Ferns, Ossory Mothers' Union
Theme for 2023 ~ Transformation - Now!
A Letter from the Diocesan President ~ Lesley Bayley
Dear fellow members,
I hope you have all had a good summer, despite the weather being rather mixed.
I have just returned from Bunclody Rectory, where over members came together to celebrate Mary Sumner Day. The afternoon began with a prayer service of thanksgiving for our founder, led by our diocesan chaplain Revd. Ger James. Click HERE to read more and see some photographs
This was followed by the moment we had all been anxiously and excitedly waiting for, the Great ‘Victoria Sponge with a Twist’ Bake-Off, judged by Rebecca Allen, from the Farm Shop Tinahely, Revd. Ger and Canon Trevor.
There were thirteen entries, and the competition was tough. After an initial tasting the judges listened as each baker explained about their cake, and its unique ‘twist’ before making their final deliberations. First place went to Áine Neville, second place to Maura Kavanagh, and third place to Vivienne Rigley – well done to you ladies and to everyone else who baked a cake. After some delicious finger food, provided by local caterer John Holland, everyone was free to sample as many of the cakes as they were able to. A raffle rounded off the celebrations.
It was a wonderful afternoon of chat and laughter and my thanks go to William Bayley (Unit Coordinator for Fundraising and Communications) and Valerie Power (Unit Coordinator for Action and Outreach) for organising the event, and to Canon Trevor and the Bunclody branch for hosting. Thanks also to Rebecca for her judging skills and for her kind gifts of vouchers for the prize winners and lemonade for all the entrants.
September is a very busy month in the life of Mothers’ Union All Ireland. The two ‘Changing The Story’ conferences, which focus on domestic abuse, take place on Friday the 15th in Seagoe, Portadown and on Saturday the 16th in Kilternan, Co. Dublin. Tickets are still available and can be booked through Eventbrite.
The conferences are open to anyone and everyone, so please do continue to pass on the information to those in your parishes and surrounding communities. Domestic abuse affects many people, and Mothers’ Union is committed to bringing the issue to the forefront of society and helping to signpost those affected to the relevant organisations. The conferences will officially launch the ‘Equipping The Church To Take Action And End Domestic Abuse’ programme and the ‘Changing The Story’ Wellness Group.
For further information on any of the above please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, we will provide baby changing and feeding facilities at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska from Tuesday the 19th to Thursday the 21st. And on Friday the 22nd the Annual Gathering takes place in York, with many members from all over Ireland travelling to England to take part.
Autumn Council takes place on Tuesday the 24th of October with registration from 10am. It is important that all branches are represented, so please make sure someone is available to attend, as important information will need to be brought back to the branches. And on the 5th of November we are holding our first MU Harvest Festival in St. Peter’s Church, Portlaoise at 3pm.
As branches reopen after the summer break please remember to let me know your meeting schedule, as I would like to visit every branch during my last 16 months in office.
With every blessing,
Diocesan President Mothers’ Union Cashel, Ferns + Ossory
Dates for your diary:
- September 15th: ‘Changing the Story’ Conference in Seagoe, Portadown.
- September 16th: ‘Changing the Story’ Conference in Kilternan, Dublin.
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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
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Celebrating 70 years as MU Members
Congratulations to Ruth Hamilton and Nora Hanbidge on the occasion of their 70 years membership of Kiltegan / Hacketstown Mothers' Union.
Both have been very active members over the years and we are very proud they have reached this milestone!
Christ Church Cathedral
Mothers’ Union Holy Communion Service
Thursday 7th September 2023
The next Mothers' Union service will take place on
- 7th September ~ Service Christ Church Cathedral ~ Cashel, Ferns, Ossory & Connor
It is hoped that the service will be available to view on the Live Stream Channel.
June's Walk in Kilkenny
June Butler's first walk in the Diocese took place in Kilkenny on Thursday 8th June. We are very grateful to Florrie Carter and her team in Kilkenny Mothers' Union for all of the time and effort they put in to ensure that everything ran smoothly. Those participating enjoyed a lovely walk over the new bridge, by the river and on to the Castle Grounds before returning to the cathedral. Pat Nolan accompanied us on the walk giving an interesting account of all of the historical areas we passed. Sam Harper met up with us en route and provided same lovely ice-cream for refreshments. Some of the walkers had other commitments and were unable to continue on the walk but eight completed it. We were delighted that Bishop Michael Burrows was able to join us for the walk too.
Our thanks to the ladies from Kilkenny MU for all of the hospitality they provided both before and after the walk.
June thanked everyone for their support and welcome to Kilkenny. Florrie Carter, Branch leader, presented June with a small token to mark her visit to Kilkenny.
June's Second Walk ~ Tintern Abbey
June Butler's second walk in CFO took place on Monday 12th July at Tintern Abbey near Saltmills in Co. Wexford. The weather forecast for the morning was miserable but thankfully it turned out to be fine and a lovely day for walking. It was wonderful to meet up with so many members before eight set off to complete one of the longer walks through the woods.
June was delighted to meet up with Bea Thorpe in the walled gardens and have a chat with her. Three ladies set off with June to complete a further two kilometers so as to achieve her 7km target on each walk. When we arrived back in the car park we met up with Anne Barrett, a former All-Ireland President, and our own Phyllis Grothier, who was the previous All-Ireland President, was also present.
Our thanks to Olive Thorpe for her work in arranging the walk and to everyone who attended Tintern Abbey on the day.
Walk No. 3 in Cashel, Ferns, Ossory
June's third walk in Cashel, Ferns, Ossory, the final walk of her series for Mums in May 2021, took place on Tuesday 26th October. The venue for the walk was the Railway Walk in Tinahely. We were delighted that many from the Diocese were able to attend as well as Sylvia Wheatley (Diocesan President of Meath & Kildare) with some of her family and also the All-Ireland Treasurer, Revd. Ken Rue. June began by thanking everyone for coming to join her on the walk and Revd. Rue led us in prayer. Lesley Bayley, Diocesan President of CFO, also welcomed June to Tinahely for her final walk before a group headed off on the walk led by local MU member, Hazel Stedman.
Four walkers completed just over 7kms with June through a lovely tranquil area of woodland and admiring the lovely autumnal colours of the trees. They met up with those who had completed a shorter walk on their return to the car park. A group then adjourned to the D'Lish Cafe in Tinahely for lunch.
A large number of members from Cashel, Ferns and Ossory and friends enjoyed a lovely afternoon in Rathwood on Friday 3rd June. They enjoyed a delicious "Afternoon Tea" and it was a wonderful occasion for everyone to meet up for a chat too. The afternoon was organised by our Diocesan President, Lesley Bayley, not only to celebrate the Platinum Jublilee of our Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2, but also to raise much needed funds for our Diocesan Projects. Thank you Lesley for all of the thought and effort you put in to all of the activities for Mothers' Union in the Diocese.
The Diocese has also been busy providing much needed support to a Ukranian family who are being rehoused in Enniscorthy. Members have also been knitting and sewing fiddle sleeves and blankets at the request of a nursing home in Kilkenny. These are used with patients who are suffering from dementia and a request came to Mothers' Union to see if we could provide a supply for patients in the nursing home.
Competition Time & Mums in May 2021
Throughout the last year All-Ireland Mothers' Union has organised many different competitions to challenge members creativity. The results of all of these competitiones may be found on the "Competition" page of the All-Ireland website. Click on the link below to bring you to this web page.
We are delighted that two members from Cashel, Ferns & Ossory received Highly Commended for their mascots in the Mascot Competition~ Dorothy Langley from Cashel Mothers' Union and Joan Blake from Ballycanew, Leskinfere & Monamolin Mothers' Union. You can view pictures of their entries below and pictures of all of the entries on the All-Ireland website.
Congratulations to Phyllis Grothier from Tullow Branch who won first prize for the Prayer she composed and to The Very Revd. Tom Gordon who got Highly Commended for his Hymn. All of the prize winning hymns and prayers are on the All-Ireland website
There is a dedicated page for Mums in May 2021 on the All-Ireland website and it will document all of the various fundraising events as well as June's walk ~ "21 in 21" Click on the link below to bring you to the webpage.
Hymn by The Very Revd. Tom Gordon
God who is Father of infinite goodness,
God who is Mother and called us to birth,
God, who in Christ, broke the chains that had bound us,
Freed us for kindness, for joy and for mirth
God of all tenderness. God of all tendernessGrace overflowing which reaches to all.Bread for our hunger, rich wine at your banquet,Each has a place who responds to your call.
God who is Spirit, expectant before you,
Raise from our brokenness beauty and love.
From the dry bones of our sin and divisions,
Mould us in gentleness born from above. Refrain.
Break through the times when we limit your mercies.
Rise like the sun beaming measureless grace.
Help us with joy to proclaim love’s endeavour -
All now are welcome in Jesus’ embrace. Refrain.
Tune: To the Hymn Great is the Faithfulness
Winning Prayer ~ Phyllis Grothier
Loving Lord, I bring my prayer to you through faith in your love and mercy.
Father forgive and help me to do better: for the times when I cause hurt either through my words or actions; when I do not recognise you in the face of my neighbour, when I see another human being as different or of less value. Teach me to show love and mercy.
Father forgive and help me to do better: for the times when I see need and do not respond, hear hurtful words and do not call them out, am deaf to the cries of the hungry, hurt and abused. Teach me to show love and mercy.
Father forgive and help me to do better; for the times when I treat your creation as a personal possession rather than a fragile resource to be nurtured and valued . Teach me to show love and mercy.
Teach me to remember always that, while faith, hope and love abide, the greatest of these is love. Inspire me with the confidence to live this truth in my daily life both in word and action, knowing that all I am or can be is based on the strong foundation of God’s saving love. In Jesus’ name I pray.
Getting to know our Founder In Ireland
1847 – 1921
Mothers’ Union was founded in Raheny, Dublin in 1887 by Mrs Annabella Hayes. As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of her death, let’s learn a little more about our founder.
Canon and Mrs Hayes liked to travel and visited Norway, Switzerland and Canada. After their daughter Marie's untimely death in Delhi in 1908 aged 33, they travelled to Delhi to visit the hospital where Marie had worked for the previous three years and to meet people she had worked with. Later Annabella edited and published letters which Marie had written to home. Marie's final letter, sadly, arrived some weeks after the fateful telegram giving news of her death had been received in Raheny. The Hayes memorial cross in Raheny village was erected some years later.
Annabella was born in Dublin in 1847, the daughter of Thomas Edkins Willson of Upper Mount Street. In December 1866 she married the Reverend Francis Carlile Hayes who was then curate in Sandford Parish Church. She was nineteen years old and he was twenty-eight.
In 1867 he was appointed curate of St. Andrew's Church, Suffolk Street, and their first child, Ernest William Carlile Hayes, was born in February 1868. In 1873, Sir Arthur Edward Guinness (later Lord Ardilaun) appointed him Rector of Raheny Parish and he and Annabella moved to the Glebe House where they were to remain for the next forty-five years.
Their second child, Marie Elizabeth (always known as May) was born in May1874, and in April 1878 her sister Ethel Clara Ridley was born. A boy, Maurice, was born in 1886 but sadly died in infancy. Ernest went to school at St.Columba's and an English governess, Connie Gibbs of Willesden, was appointed to look after the education of the two girls.
In 1887 Annabella Hayes set up the first branch of the Mothers' Union in Raheny, inspired by what Mary Sumner had done in England eleven years before. Little did either of them know that in the twenty-first century world-wide membership of M.U would have grown to over four million.
Francis and Annabella were still in the Raheny Rectory when they celebrated their Golden Wedding in 1916. Canon Hayes retired in 1918 and he and Annabella moved to 12 Northbrook Road which was apparently owned by Francis since his days at St. Andrew's. Annabella survived a bad bout of 'flu shortly after they moved, but was taken ill again about a year later. She was diagnosed with liver cancer and died at home on the 7th February 1921.
Annabella was buried in St. Fintan's Cemetery in Sutton and her headstone (and that of Francis) stands at the highest point of the Cemetery. It is, however, not made of stone but of wood - teak, and despite its having stood there for 100 years there is absolutely no sign of decay in the timber. Mothers’ Union in Ireland had planned to do some restorative work to her gravesite during 2021 but has been put on hold because of Covid 19 restrictions.
Annabella was 74 when she died on 7th February 1921 and Francis was 94 when he died on 12th December 1931.
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PRAYER FOR MULOA
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)
Mothers' Union Theme 2022
Transformation - Now!
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