Mothers’ Union Festival Service

Killala Cathedral was the venue for TKA Annual Mothers’ Union Diocesan Service. The theme this year was “Thirteen Decades of Love and Service,”. The preacher was the Revd Jen McWhirter who was commissioned by the Bishop as Diocesan Vice President and All-Ireland PRO for the Southern Dioceses. The Bishop also commissioned Irene Swann as Diocesan Vice-President, Olive Maher as Diocesan Faith and Policy Unit Co-ordinator and Rose Carroll as Diocesan Finance and Central Services Unit Co-ordinator.

The service, held on Tuesday 9th May,  was preceded by the planting of a cherry tree in the cathedral graveyard to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Mothers’ Union in Ireland. The tree was very kindly donated by Dangan Nurseries on the Clifden Road in Galway.

We were pleased to welcome the All-Ireland President, Mrs Phyllis Grothier, who unveiled the tree plaque and addressed the gathering at the refreshments following the service.
Phyllis has been travelling round Ireland visiting each diocese on the ‘MU Way,’ a pilgrimage which has formed part of the anniversary celebrations and we felt privileged to have her as our guest.