The Mothers’ Union

The Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation, which promotes the well being of families worldwide. Please look at our Vision, Purpose, Aim & Objectives, which you can look up at and

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Mothers’ Union is a Christian organisation that has been supporting families worldwide for over 140 years. Started by our founder Mary Sumner in 1876 in her local parish in Winchester, we have flourished into an international charity with over 4 million members in 84 countries. As a Christian membership charity, we aim to demonstrate our faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide. Our members work at grassroots level around the world bringing hope and practical support to millions of people every year through our parenting, literacy and community development programmes and as part of the volunteer base of local churches .At a central level we have, through the years, campaigned at local, national and international levels to bring about real change for family life, women’s and girls’ rights and the protection of children. At the heart of what we do is prayer and our members come together every day at midday to focus prayers for their communities, fellow members and for those in need. We believe that the power of prayer is transformational and supports our work around the world. Despite our name we are an inclusive organisation and we are very proud to have a growing number of men who have joined us. As we continue to work in an ever-challenging world, why not join us in our journey and be a part of something life-changing.

Mothers’ Union began in Ireland in 1887 with the founding of the first group in Raheny, Dublin, by Annabella Hayes. The organisation gradually spread throughout Ireland, and in July 1901 Mary Summer met members during a Visit to the country.

The piece of stained glass which was dedicated by Archbishop Jackson in Christ church Cathedral, Dublin. The central image of the piece is a tree with 13 Branches representing 13 decades of MU in Ireland and completes the project when trees were planted in all twelve dioceses. We planted trees in order to acknowledge Mothers’ Union rooted in prayer and faith and reaching out to our communities through our Branches and members.

Becoming a Mothers’ Union Member

Membership is open for anyone who is baptised and wishes to support the Mothers’ Union. It is for both men and women, regardless of age or marital status. In Ireland the majority of members belong to their local parish branch. Diocesan membership is an alternative for those who may not wish to attend regular meetings; contact will be made by post or email from your local Diocese.

A third type is central membership, where you are kept up-to-date on the latest Mothers’ Union work and campaigns from our head office at Mary Summer House. For further information on membership contact your local branch, Diocese, or administrative office, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information in becoming a member or what is happening in our Dioceses. Look into the web site at

Mothers’Union in the Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne, & Ross has approximately 275 members. Here in the Cork south west peninsula our branch comprises of Abbeystrewry, Ballydehob / Aughadown, & Kilmoe. The members of Abbeystrewry & Kilmoe joined in our branch, a few years ago. Our membership is around 20 members. We have 3 indoor members, one is using teleconference, she very much enjoys been able to have conversation with other people.

We meet for our meetings the second Tuesday of the month from September to April at 3pm in St. Matthew parish hall Aughadown.

Recent Mothers’ Union news, projects and activities for the Ballydehob/Aughadown, Abbeystrewry, & Kilmoe Branch

First, we congratulate Hilary Dring for becoming our new President this year, May God bless her in all decisions and guide her on her way.

Our local branch has been working on a knitting project for a good while. We have supplied a lot of teddies for our dioceses of Cork Cloyne and Ross. I extend a big thank you to members and non-members for all there knitting over the years; they are so much appreciated here and throughout the diocese.

During the past months of 2019 here is a brief account of what has been happening

January 2019:
A Quiet Day was held, well attended to hear Mrs Marie Norton speak on MULOA Mothers’Union Listing, Observing, Acting.

We treated ourselves with Afternoon Tea, and a word-search to keep our brain’s active. At this meeting in our appreciation for her role as our Leader we presented Valerie Stevenson with a scarf, made locally by Annie Sage, and to Essie Shannon and Maud Swanton we presented them with a bouquet of flowers to say thanks to the three or all their work in keeping this branch going so well for the last number of years, very much appreciated.

We observed Lady Day Service, combined with commissioning Service, and commissioned were Maria Swanton Leader. Essie Shannon Secretary. Maud Swanton Action & Outreach, and Noelle Salter Treasurer.

We had Mary O’Keefe a very creative lady came and displayed her beautiful craft’s she had made for I.C.A .competition, which she had won. They were knitting, crochet, & jewellery, all lovely made.

We didn’t have any meeting in May, three of us attended the Council meeting in Carrigaline on Saturday 11th May, we heard all of what is planned in this dioceses, We express a big thank you to Hilary and the trustees for all they do, and for their hospitality.

Coming Events

Tuesday 24th at 3:00pm
We resume our autumn schedule with a Service of Thanksgiving Holy Communion, and enrolling a new member.

Tuesday 8th from 10:00am –12:00pm
Coffee morning and bring & buy sale. In St. Matthew’s Hall Aughadown.

Tuesday 5th at 3:00pm.
St. Matthew’s Hall Aughadown. Area MULOA meeting. Hilary Dring our Diocesan Present.

Thursday 14th at 7pm.
Diocesan Council meeting.
Clonakility Parochial Hall.

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th
Women’s Getaway Weekend in Garryvoe.
“Listening to God – Nurturing ourselves and the world’.

Sunday 8th :
Christmas dinner. Venue to be decided.

Year 2020

January :

Monday 13th 10:00am –2:30pm. Quiet Day.
Rev. Kingsley Sutton of Kilgarriffe Union will be leading us.
In St. Matthew’s Parish Hall Aughadown.


The common prayer of the Mothers’ Union

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 Mothers' Union Prayer

Loving Lord, we thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world.
Bless the work of the Mothers' Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life.
Empowered by your spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Branch Officers of the Mothers’ Union

Maria Swanton. Branch Leader. 0861012152. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Essie Shannon. Branch Secretary. 0879734430. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Noelle Salter. Branch Treasurer.
Maud Swanton. Branch Action & Outreach.