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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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News Updates

The Rolling Spinner below can be used to advertise events and meetings in your Area or Branch.

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If you would like to advertise an event on the Spinner please contact The Diocesan Secretary, Margaret Jacob.
(Contact details are available on the home page)

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All-Ireland Mothers' Union
Poetry Competition

Click on the Image above to Download the poster
Click on the Image below to download Information
about the Competition

.......Save the Dates.......
*5th - 6th February 2021*
Mothers’ Union All-Ireland
Women’s Getaway

Springfield Hotel,
Leixlip, Co. Kildare W23 W280
Click on picture below for poster

Triennial Training
21st - 23rd March 2021
An Grianán, Termonfeckin
Co. Louth


Cashel, Ferns, Ossory
Mothers' Union

For further information please contact:

Diocesan Secretary: Margaret Jacob

Lesley Bayley

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

A Letter from the Diocesan President
Lesley Bayley

Dear fellow members,
I hope you are all keeping well as we continue to travel through this time of pandemic. The past number of months have been very strange and the future still seems uncertain, but even if we cannot be together we remain united in our faith and in our love of the Mothers’ Union.
This month (9th) we celebrate the life of a woman of great faith, of great courage, and with a true vision of the kingdom values. And to mark Mary Sumner Day last month we recorded a virtual Festival Service in Bishop Michael’s garden, which included the commissioning of our new Diocesan Trustees: Naomi Besanson – VP of Action and Outreach; Lilia Harper – VP Fundraising and Communications; Phyllis Grothier – Training Officer; and Tania Hanan – Social Policy Representative. You can watch the service on our website, Facebook page, the diocesan website or on youtube from 9am on the 9th at MU Festival Service 4  
Mary Sumner’s idea to offer support and help for mothers and families transcended all social classes, something unheard of in Victorian society. And her vision for a better life for every woman, and their family, would have needed hard work and much resilience, especially as she made no exclusion based on social class or status, colour or ethnicity. But back in 1876 who could have guessed that her idea would spread around the world encouraging, educating, and nurturing people of faith or none, as well as advocating for education, justice, and empowerment for so many. Her faith was the catalyst for such change – the energy, the courage, and the vision she brought all came from her unfailing faith in Jesus Christ.
Mary Sumner dared to change the way society and the church saw mothers and families; she dared to challenge the status quo that deemed family life entirely private, and kept needless suffering behind closed doors. Mary shone the light of Christ into places that were in need of love, healing, and nourishment. She dared to challenge, dared to dream of change, and then to breathe that dream into existence.
The 5 aims of Mothers’ Union remain true to Mary Sumner’s vision:
·       To uphold Christ's teaching on the nature of marriage and promote its wider understanding.
·       To encourage parents to bring up their children in the faith and life of the Church.
·       To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship, and service.
·       To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children.
·       To help those whose family life has met with adversity.
The 9th of August is a celebration of the life, work, and vision of Mary Sumner so, let us give thanks for our sister in Christ. And let us also give thanks for all the unknown women and men who have given their hearts and hands, their strong bodies and minds, to improve, comfort, and enlighten. Let us give thanks for those who risked, and sometimes even lost their lives in the struggle for equality, justice, and a decent life for everyone. And we pray for all those for whom the struggle goes on today…..
Stay safe,
Lesley xxx

Lesley Bayley (BA ThM)         Diocesan President Cashel, Ferns and Ossory
085 8890029                 



Save the Date: 5th & 6th February 2021   Note new date.    

  • Mothers’ Union All-Ireland Women’s Getaway

Springfield Hotel,

Leixlip, Co. Kildare W23 W280

  • Triennial Training: 21st - 23rd May 2021

An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth

Mary Sumner Day Service

The Service will go live on Sunday 9th August at 9a.m. and can be asccessed from our website or our Facebook Page. Our thanks to everyone who participated in the service, to Bishop Michael for facilitating the service in the Bishop's House Garden and to Margaret Hawkins for all her work in fiulming and editing the service.

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

Click on the image below to bring you to a message from
Sheran Harper ~ Worldwide President

Below also is a link to the main Mothers' Union
Facebook Page

The All-Ireland Facebook Page

*  MU Enterprise Stall  *

If anyone wishes to order items from Phyllis Foot from the Mothers' Union Enterprise Stall please contact

Mary Sumner House

Congratulations to Inga Hutchinson, daughter-in-law of Marion Thompson, Secretary of Cashel Branch, who won first prize in the Category "Something that made me smile"
Click on the image below to bring you to the gallery page on The All-Ireland Website

Inga's Prize Winning Photograph
Thoughts & Prayers

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this difficult time. It is indeed a challenging time for everyone but we hope and pray that you all keep safe and well.

Rev. Ian Crickshank has been holding a prayer time in all of his churches every evening and it is very comforting just to come and sit quietly in the church and pray. He has produced a prayer leaflet for use on these evenings and he has very kindly given permission to reproduce this on our website.

Please click on the image on your right to access the leaflet and feel free to print it off and give to anyone who may like to have a copy.

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)

Charity Number:

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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