Gender violence is a ‘class issue’ for local MU President

The President of Derry and Raphoe Mothers’ Union, Jacqui Armstrong, has urged first time voters at St Cecilia’s College in Londonderry to challenge local politicians who are seeking their support in the General Election about what they’re doing to get the Domestic Abuse Bill implemented in full in Northern Ireland.

Ms Armstrong was speaking to more than 100 Year 14 students at a special assembly in the school on Wednesday morning. In her 20-minute address, the MU President urged the young women in her audience never to accept domestic abuse or coercive control. “Don’t feel that you can’t make a difference,” she told the assembly, “because many drops of water make up a mighty ocean.”

Ms Armstrong also spoke to the pupils about the ‘Thursdays in Black’ campaign which highlights global issues of gender violence, including female genital mutilation and the use of rape as a weapon of war.

The Principal of St Cecilia’s College, Martine Mulhern, told the gathering that quite a few of them would have been impacted by domestic abuse and reminded them that there was a designated team in the college to advise and help them. Ms Mulhern also said she would be emailing students with Foyle Women’s Aid’s contact details.

After the assembly finished, Ms Mulhern and Ms Armstrong spoke to a number of students who expressed a wish to get involved in campaigning around the issues of gender violence and domestic abuse.

The St Cecilia’s visit was one of a number made by the Diocesan MU President to local schools this month. November is the highpoint of the MU’s campaign calendar when it places a particular focus on violence against women and girls. Ms Armstrong has already spoken to students in Royal and Prior Comprehensive (Raphoe), Thornhill College and Foyle College.

Good day at the ‘office’

Being a good snooker player has long been regarded in some quarters as a sign of a misspent youth, so what does his success in a golf tournament for Church of Ireland clergy tell us about Bishop Ken Good?

The retired Bishop of Derry and Raphoe has won the 2019 Milne Barbour Cup – which is competed for annually at Malone Golf Club – and he did it in some style. The tournament organiser, Archdeacon Terry Scott, said Bishop Good won this year’s competition comfortably, spread-eagling the field to run out an impressive winner. Another Derry and Raphoe ‘old boy’, Canon Raymond Fox, finished runner-up.

The competition is contested using the Stableford points system, so the ease of Bishop Good’s victory stunned the rest of the field. “It was an excellent performance by Bishop Good,” Archdeacon Scott said, and he should know – being a nine-times winner of the Milne Barbour Cup.

Opponents will be hitting the practice greens ahead of next year’s tournament to try and stop the Good juggernaut in its tracks but – considering how much time Bishop Good (who’s pictured above with Canon Fox) has been able to devote to his favourite pastime since laying down his crozier – this may prove to be something of a forlorn hope.




Congratulations Rev Nigel Cairns

Congratulations to our Curate Rev Nigel Cairns who has been appointed Rector of St Augustine’s.

We wish Nigel, Alison, Megan and Matthew every blessing as they prepare for their move next Spring. No date for his Institution has been arranged yet.


CIYD Exec are delighted to launch a new Youth Ministry resource for Youth Leaders. Young people around the world are calling for change. The pack will help Christian youth leaders and groups to understand the climate and biodiversity emergencies and how we can rise to the challenge to ‘Care for Creation’.

This pack is a 2 year programme that gathers resources to inform and inspire young people to take action on the environment – to extend God’s Kingdom on earth. It provides activities for worship, Bible study, prayer, activities and action. Updates to this pack will be provided quarterly by email with links to resources you can print and file in this folder.

The resources are kindly provided by our partners Tearfund Ireland and Christian Aid Ireland. Simon and Steve will be distributing hard copies of the pack to youth leaders in due course and the pack will also be downloadable from our website shortly.

Raphoe Youth’s Leaders’ Encouragement Evening

Domino’s Pizza have been contacted and a large pizza order has been secured for Derry and Raphoe Youth’s Leaders’ Encouragement Evening. We anticipate a great evening of fellowship, encouragement and inspiration from God’s word as Sam Moore, of Innovista, shares with us.

Please encourage any youth or children’s leaders to join us Tuesday 19th November 7:30-9pm in the Diocesan Centre.

Oh and don’t forget Advent Kickstart Saturday 30th November 3:30pm – 6pm at the Acorn Centre, St Peter’s Londonderry. What’s in store? A Christmas jumper competition, fun and games, music and a time of worship led by Eglinton Parish music group. And, of course, more pizza. All young people and leaders welcome.

Dig out your Stetsons and spurs;

Dig out your Stetsons and spurs; break out your best gingham dresses.

There’s gonna be some mighty fine partying a-happening in the White Horse Hotel on Thursday 21st November

. Tribute acts will pay homage to country giant Garth Brooks, the inimitable Elvis and the Queen of Country, herself, Miss Dolly Parton.

Check out our poster. No fighting’, no moonshine and no cussin’ – else there’ll be trouble. Please tell all the folks in the valley and beyond.