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.......Save the Date.......
26 -27th February
Mothers’ Union All-Ireland
Women’s Getaway

Springfield Hotel,
Leixlip, Co. Kildare W23 W280


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 safe and well still, as we continue to move through these uncertain times.

We will soon be receiving the next issue of Families Worldwide and you will find inside it a letter from our Worldwide President Sheran asking for financial help for the Emergency Appeal. As the fundraising efforts usually undertaken at this time of year have had to be put on hold and revenue created by Mary Sumner House conference space has also ceased indefinitely, help is needed now more than ever to keep the Mothers’ Union afloat and helping those who need it most, as we work to rebuild our own communities after the pandemic has passed.
The Diocesan Trustees have already contributed to this fundraising effort on all our behalf, but I ask and encourage you, if at all possible, to send as little as €5 each to help to keep our beloved charity functioning in these difficult days. While the above mentioned form asks that you send your donation to an address in England I would appreciate if you could give it to your branch treasurer who in turn can send all donations to me please, to be passed along.
The prayer for May 8th in Families Worldwide especially speaks to me, saying exactly what we as members of the Mothers’ Union are about: Lord, we live in different communities, cultures and families but are united in faith and prayer. We pray for better understanding of each other’s needs, as we continue to put our faith into action and make a difference in your world. Amen.
With every blessing and much love,
Lesley xx

Wednesday 29th of April: Spring Council in the Dolmen Hotel, Carlow. CANCELLED

Save the Date: 26 -27th February 2021           

Mothers’ Union All-Ireland Women’s Getaway

Springfield Hotel,

Leixlip, Co. Kildare W23 W280

Reflection prepared by Margaret Jacob, All  Ireland Co-ordinator of the Fundraising and Communication Unit and  editor of “Focus” the biannual MU magazine for members in Ireland. (Taken from the All-Ireland website

As I sit here and write this I cannot but reflect on how life has  changed for everyone over the last couple of months. So many plans have  had to be put on hold and things we have always taken for granted such  as attending a church service, visiting family and friends, going out  for a meal, going to the hairdressers etc. are no longer possible. A  branch member rang me last week and said how she was really missing all  of the Mothers’ Union activities and in our busy world we often do not  realise what and important outlet Mothers’ Union is for many of our  members.

The last few months has really made me appreciate living in the  country as it is easy to go out for a walk either on the roads or around  the farm and keeping a “social distance” is not a major problem. I also  give thanks that we have so much technology now to keep in touch with  family and friends either by phone or over the internet. WhatsApp has  been a life saver for many, as video calls to family, Mothers’ Union  members and friends are so precious.
Many look forward to when life gets back to “normality” but what will  the “new normal” be. I hope and pray that it will make many more  appreciative of and treasure family life, as families have never before  had as much time to work, play and have meals together. Also, we hope  that the community spirit that has emerged during this time of crisis  will continue to grow and prosper.

I’m going to conclude with a prayer taken from “Dear Lord” called  “Circle of Love” and it was submitted by Jill Cameron in the Province of  Scotland.

Lord, where there is selfishness, surround your people with generosity;
Where there is greed, envelop your people with charity;
Where there is sadness, enfold your people with happiness;
Where there is prejudice, encircle your people with acceptance;
Where there is indifference, encompass your people with interest;
Where there is jealousy, enclose your people with benevolence.
In this diverse world where there is so much uncertainty about the future
let the prayers of Mothers’ Union members around the world encircle all
those in need and shine as a light to a better future for all. Amen


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

This is a closed group and you may request access to it.

St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin has worship, recitals and workshops on line
Click on link below

*  MU Enterprise Stall  *

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

Mary Sumner House
Please find on your right a link to a poster with details of a photographic competition  which has been organised by June. The best three photographs in each category in the Diocese will be forwarded for inclusion in the All-Ireland Competition.

There will be a prize for the winning entry in each section at
All-Ireland level and it is hoped that the short listed entries will be uploaded on the All-Ireland website.

Photographs from our Diocese should be sent, preferably by email, to Margaret Jacob, Unit Coordinator for Fundraising & Communication at

Photographs should be submitted with the following details:

  • Name of photographer.
  • Category being entered
  • A caption for Category 5.

All-Ireland Photographic Competition
Click on image above to download
a poster
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)

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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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