Clondehorkey Mothers’ Union on the 7th October 2017 celebrated the 70th Anniversary of their Branch at the home of Mrs Mary Good, Diocesan President in Leatbeg, Fanad.  

On arrival the members received a warm and wholesome welcome from Mrs Good.  The Bishop and Mrs Good built their home on the site of the former Leatbeg National School and they have incorporated some elements of the old school in the new build.  The panoramic views of the surrounding countryside are both breath-taking and extensive.

The afternoon got underway with an act of worship. The bible texts were read by Margaret Campbell and Bertha Campbell.  

President Mary delivered a thought provoking and interesting reflection on the theme “Sowing Seeds” showing the importance of the Mothers’ Union sowing seeds for future generations.  This act of worship concluded with Mary leading the members in prayer.

As a memento of this important milestone in the life of the Branch, Roberta Merrick, branch leader presented each member with the new Mothers’ Union brooch and Mrs Good gave each member a copy of the book “Faith in Action” celebrating 130 years of Mothers’ Union in Ireland which was launched earlier that day in the Diocesan Centre.  Mary thanked Betty Neely, Bertha Campbell and Roberta Merrick for their contributions to the many reflections included in the book.

The afternoon concluded with a sumptuous tea, the highlight of which was the magnificent anniversary cake. Sincere thanks to our Diocesan President, Mrs Good and to everyone involved in making this a memorable experience for everyone present.

Some interesting facts:

Clondehorkey Mothers’ Union was established by Revd Malcolm Graham in 1947 with approximately twelve members in attendance.  Mr Eddie Boyle drove the Creeslough members in his taxi to the meetings in the rectory for 3pm and the local members either walked or cycled.  Mrs Rebecca Campbell, a founder member, was heard to enquire when the Revd Graham invited her to join “whether she would be able to keep the Mothers’ Union Promises, Aims and Objectives”.  He replied “I think you will, no bother” Mrs Campbell.