Celebrating Mothers' Union
The Diocesan Festival Service, held annually close to 25th March, March celebrates Lady Day in the Anglican Church, provides members with the opportunity to give thanks for Mothers' Union.

In 2016 Mothers' Union celebrated the 140th anniversary of its foundation by Mary Sumner in 1876. Her husband George was Rector in Winchester and later became a Bishop. The organisation spread quickly as many of the members involved were army wives who started branches when they were posted abroad.

In 2017 Ireland celebrates the 130th anniversary; 13 Decades of Love and Service. The first Mothers' Union branch in Ireland was formed in Raheny in 1887 by the Rector's wife, Mrs Annabella Hayes, in affiliation with Winchester Diocese. The Mothers' Union spread quickly in Ireland, mostly around Dublin and often led by the rector's wife. Branches were in towns rather than rural.

The Irish Report to the Annual Conference in 1896 stated that there were 8 branches in Ireland with 700 members, mostly around Dublin. In 1901 the Bishop and Mrs Sumner visited Ireland.

In 2017 there are Mothers' Union branches in all 12 Dioceses in Ireland.

At the Annual Diocese Connor Mothers’ Union Festival Service which marked our 130th Anniversary the speaker was Lady Christine Eames who has served in a variety of roles in Mothers' Union at diocesan and central level. From 1995 to 2000 she was the World Wide President of our organisation and travelled to be with members in many different countries and situations.