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MU is a worldwide organisation in 83 countries in the world.  There are over four million members and 500,000 lives are positively impacted in Ireland each year through Mothers’ Union Action & Outreach.  

In Derry & Raphoe members generate emergency toilet bags distributed between hospitals in Londonderry, Letterkenny, Omagh and Coleraine.  Each bag contains a prayer card, those who receive them are deeply appreciative and the diocese receives thank you cards.  Members knit teddies and baby clothes for Baby Units; angel pockets for stillborn babies.  

The diocese provide a very valued service in the Child Contact Centre, which offers a safe and supportive environment to broken families.  Centres open in Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane; provide support to 15-20 families and 25-30 children weekly.  MU members volunteer at the centres and there is even a “scone fairy”.  

A new initiative is AFIA (Away From It All) for families in trouble; the contact is Elizabeth Fielding.  MU can help families in exceptional circumstances, in Southern Ireland Mothers’ Union purchase textbooks for secondary school pupils unable to afford them.  Requests for help are structured and assured of strict confidentiality.  In this Diocese, it is felt that more families would benefit by receiving smaller gifts - travel finance, petrol vouchers, days out, family bus passes and spending money.  

Our diocese is a generous contributor to the Overseas Missions, over £11,000; the All Ireland total is £100,000.  Despite the recession and hard economic times, members continue to be supportive.  The Relief Fund provides resources in cases of extreme disaster.  Mums in May is another fund raising initiative.  

Church and community mobilisation involves mobilising a local church to act as a facilitator in mobilising the whole community to address their own needs.  MU has provided training for 300 community coordinators.  The objectives are to cultivate crops, educate children and find water/make it safe to drink.  

MU is passionate about parenting.  Parents need support but it is a struggle to get groups enabled.  

Our challenge is we have to change, to offer MU in a different way.  Modern thinking – not joiners but will flit in and out.  We have to grow MU for a different generation.  

Templemore Mothers Union meet at 7.30 pm on the second Tuesday in each month in

No. 1 Saint Columb’s Court


Support for people affected by gender-based violence and abuse

Office Bearers:

Margaret Rowlandson


Doreen Sidebottom


June Fields


Derry & Raphoe Mothers Union

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13th February             “Following in the footsteps of Mary Sumner by         celebrating her life”

     Service in

Saint Columb’s Cathedral

2018 Programme

29th January              

Derry and Raphoe Area Service 7.30pm


     St Eunan’s Cathedral, Raphoe