MU book launch celebrates 40 years of the O’Neill Cup

Friday November 6th 2009

Connor MU Organising  Committee   with the new banner: From left: Ann  Armstrong  (Finance  &  Administration  Coordinator  in  Diocese;  Moira  Thom  (President); Kathleen  Rodgers  (Vice President  and  Chair  of  Organising  Committee); andMaud  Ryan  (Marketing  Coordinator  in  Diocese).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  Presentation of the certificates.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

Thanks for the Memories celebrates 40 years of the O'Neill Cup.

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