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Leighlin Area

We are delighted that Patricia Coleman has agreed to boecome VP for Leighlin Area and we wish her well in her new role in Mothers' Union in The Diocese. Patricia was commissioned at the Festival Service in Gorey on Wednesday 16th May 2018.

The highlight of the year in Leighlin Area was the formation of a new Branch in Old Leighlin. Linda Ward, VP Ossory, Lilia Harper and Linda Condell represent the Diocese at a service on Sunday 30th April 2017 at which 15 new members were enrolled, three of whom were men. It is really wonderful and exciting to see a new Branch being opened in the Diocese.

We had a very special day in Old Leighlin when Phyllis Grothier and Lynne Tembey visited Old Leighlin for a Prayer Service and Tree Planting Ceremony on Thursday 11th May 2017 as part of the MU Way. Over a hundred members from the Diocese and beyond attended this special occasion. Our thanks to the newly formed branch in Old Leighlin for hosting the refreshments after the tree planting.

St. Laserian's Cathedral

What's on in Leighlin Area

Dates for your Diary

Wishing Everyone a Very Happy Christmas
A Happy New Year

2017 Prayer Vigil
for 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

A Prayer Vigil for Ossory/Leighlin Area was held on Saturday 25th November in St. Laserian's Cathedral. Claire from the Amber Women's Refuge gave a short talk about their work. The Vigil was led by Dean Gordon and it took the form of a short service of hymns and prayers. Dean Gordon gave a reflection during the service and Linda Ward, DP for Ossory, lit a candle and said a short prayer. Items of toiletries were collected and given to Claire for the Refuge. All present enjoyed refreshments after the service

2018 Tour to Sligo


2017 Tour to Co. Louth




Planting a tree in Carlow to commemorate 100th Anniversay of the Carlow/Killeshin Branch



Two Photographs above of the Historic first Meeting of
Leighlin Branch

Leighlin Banches News

Abbeyleix: Founded 1909
Phyllis Foot from Abbeyleix Branch organises the Diocesan Tour every year. This tour is greatly enjoyed by all who go on it. The 2018 tour took place at the beginning of May and the base for this year's tour was The Sligo Park Hotel. Phyllis had organised a busy schedule for the duration of the tour ~ they visited Belvedere House en route to Sligo. They also visited Lissadell House, Foxford Woollen Mills, Mullaghmore Pier, Kings House Historical & Cultural Centre as well as attending a service of Holy Communion in St. Mary the Virgin & St. John the Baptist Cathedral where the celebrant was Dean Aarfon Williams and meeting some members from Sligo Branch of Mothers' Union.

Phyllis has also taken over as MU Enterprise Rep. for the Diocese and brings her stall with a variety of cards, literature, books and gift items to events throughout the Diocese such as Synod, Autumn & Spring Council and Area Meetings

On Wednesday 11th April 2018 members met at the Wednesday Holy Communion service to clebrate the Feast of the Annunciation. Refreshments were served afterwards.

On Tuesday 15th May the Branch are having a Flower Arrangement Demonstration in Abbeyleix Parochial Hall.

Abbeyleix Branch held their opening service for 2018/2019 in St. Michael and All Angels' Church, Abbeyleix on Wednesday 12th September.

Ballyfin: Founded 1905

Bagnelstown: Founded 1903
Bagnelstown Branch had their opening meeting on Thursday 2nd November 2017. Well done to the members who donated a total of 31 filled shoe boxes to "Team Hope".

Carlow/Killeshin: Founded 1918
Like many other Branches of Mothers' Union Carlow/Killeshin Branch is a great supporter of the Team Hope Shoe Box Appeal. At their meeting of November 9th 2016 they handed over 99 boxes to Wendy Jacob, a local co-ordinator.

The Branch met in the Boardwalk Restaurant for their Christmas Party on 10th January 2018 and had a very enjoyable evening

Carlow/Killeshin Mothers' Union  celebrated their 100th Anniversary with a special service on Wednesday 10th October @ 12 noon, 2018. They were delighted to welcome Bishop Michael Burrows as the special preacher for this service.

A tree was planted in the grounds of the church to commemorate this special occasion. A reception was held afterwards in Killleshin Old Schoolhouse.

Kiltegan/Hacketstown: Founded 1906
In a year when we celebarated 130 years of "Love & Service" in Mothers' Union it was very fitting that two members from Kiltegan/Hacketstown Branch clocked up 130 years of membership in Mothers' Union between them. Nora Handbidge and Ruth Hamilton were both recognised at the 2017 Opening Service of their Branch as they had each joined Mothers' Union 65 years ago. Well done, Ladies.

Many thanks to Kiltegan/Hacketstown Branch for hosting the Spring Council of Mothers' Union on Tuesday 17th April 2018. Click on the picture below to bring you to an account of the day and a slideshow of pictures.

On the afternoon of July 10th one of Kiltegan/Hacketstown indoor members Chattie Jackson was presented with a 55year certificate for being member of the Mothers Union by the rector Rev. Robert Jones. Chattie iwas in her 98th year.  We were very sorry to hear of the death of Chattie shortly after this special occasion and our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family.


The Branch had their Opening Service for 2018/2019 on Tuesday 25th September where two of our members were presented with a certificate for 55 years membership ~ Doreen Gillespie and Evelyn Jackson. See a picture on your left in the photo gallery.

Leighlin: Founded 2017
Welcome to Leighlin Branch, the latest Branch to be formed in the Diocese.

On the left are some photographs of the first ever Leighlin Branch meeting at the Deanery on December 14th 2017. The evening included a presentation by Dee Sewell - 'An Environmentally Friendly Christmas' . Dee is the County Carlow Recycling Ambassador for Voice Ireland and she gave a terrific talk on recycling waste from the Christmas season (packaging, paper, plastics etc). We then had our casserole Christmas dinner. It was a great evening - terrific fun and a good turnout. A historic evening!

Activities for 2018-2019:
  • 2nd December ~ Advent Service Of Light (See rolling spinner)
  • Tuesday 8th December @ 7.30p.m. ~ The Dairy, Shankill Castle ~ Advent Reflections, Christmas Drinks & Supper
  • Saturday 13th March 2019 @10.30a.m.~ Shankill Castle ~ "In Conversation with Elizabeth Cope".
  • Saturday 4th May @ 10.30 a.m. ~ Visit to Borris House
  • Wednesday 29th May @ 7.30 ~ St John's Church, Shankill ~ Closing Eucharist

Tullow/Fenagh: 1904

Tullow/Fenagh opening service was on 11th September in St. Michael's Church, Aghold. The Serveice was conducted by Archdeacon Andrew Orr and afterwards a presentation was made to him in appreciation for his support for the Branch.

The annual outing took place on Saturday 1st September to Killurney Gardens, Clonmel and Cahir Castle, followed by dinner in The Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny. The Branch are very grateful to Jean Binions and Violet Southern for organising a most enjoyable day.
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