More than 300 members of Connor diocesan Mothers’ Union gathered at St Mark’s, Ballymacash, on Thursday October 26 for the launch of a book celebrating 40 years of the O’Neill Cup.
‘Thanks for the Memories’ is a collection of more than 70 stories and reflections penned by branches across the diocese. Stories are a mix of historical records and humorous adventures – a real reflection of life in MU over the decades.
The O’Neill Cup was inaugurated in 1969 by the late Lady O’Neill, widow of Terence O’Neill, former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland and herself a former Diocesan President in Connor. The cup was competed for in many and varied competitions over the years, initially on an annual basis, but latterly triennially.
The launch was a night of entertainment with guests The Sepon String Quartet, storytelling , poetry and interviews with all living Past Presidents who were uniquely gathered as a group. All of the participating branches were presented with certificates of commendation by the All Ireland President , Margaret Crawford, and the evening ended with community singing including a song specially composed by Connor Vice President Kathleen Rodgers.
The new diocesan pop up banner was also unveiled on the night.
Profits from ‘Thanks for the Memories’ will go to the MU Relief Fund and diocesan projects. Books available from Moira Thom , Diocesan President, at £2 plus £1p&p