The Irish Spin from the Mothers’ Union for November 2017 is now available for you to read online. This edition concentrates on featuring the 16 Days of Activism, activities, available supports and related issues.

Click here to read The Irish Spin November 2017

16 Days of Activism  – why does it matter to me?

Republic of Ireland

  • 2016, saw 16,946 disclosures of domestic violence against women.
  • 1 in 5 women in Ireland in a relationship have been abused by a current or former partner.  
  • 2015 – 78 alleged victims of human trafficking reported to Gardaí. 2/3 of alleged victims were female. 19% were Irish nationals, all minors and alleged victims of sexual exploitation.
  • Despite female genital mutilation (FGM) being outlawed in Ireland in 2012, there have been no convictions under the legislation.  



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Derry & Raphoe:

St. Columb’s Cathedral, 2pm-4pm, Saturday, November 25th, 2017 Down and Dromore:

Rockmount Golf Club, Temple, Saintfield; Saturday, November 18th @ 10am Dublin & Glendalough:

St John the Baptist Church, Seafield Road: Saturday, November 25th @ 11am Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh: 

St. John’s Church, Longford; Saturday, November 25th; 3pm – 4 30pm  Limerick & Killaloe:

St Cronan’s Church, Roscrea; 2pm-4pm,

Saturday, November 25th, 2017 Meath & Kildare

All Saints’ Church, Mullingar; Saturday, December 2nd @ 3pm Tuam, Kilalla & Achonry:

St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway City; Saturday, December 9th, 11 am – 1 pm,

16 Days All-Ireland Vigils 2017


Royal Hotel, Cookstown; November 25th ;  10 30 to 11 45.

Cashel, Ferns and Ossory: Old St Mary’s, Clonmel: Sat, November 25th; “Global moment” at 1pm

Wednesday 6th December: 16 Days of Activism Vigil at 7.30pm Clogher:

Lisbellaw Parish Church, Tuesday, November 28th at 8.00 pm Connor:

11 November: Belfast Cathedral MU 10.15am

26 November: Mid Connor – St. Jude’s Church, Muckamore, afternoon service, time TBA.

Cork, Cloyne & Ross: St. Anne’s Church, (Shandon), Cork city, Sunday, November 26th, 2017 @ 3pm.

Useful Dates for your Diary

16th October 2017 – World Food Day

17th October 2017 – Child Poverty Day

30th October -Summer Time Ends

2nd Nov – National Stress Awareness Day

13th – 19th Nov – Alcohol Awareness Week

21st – 25th November – Anti-Bullying Week

25th November – International Day for the

Elimination of Violence Against Women

25th Nov – 10th  Dec – 16 Days of Activism

Against Gender Based Violence

10th December – International Human Rights Day