Mrs Irene Boyd, Branch Leader of Colebrooke and Cooneen MU has been elected President of Mothers' Union in Clogher Diocese. Her Term of Office begins on 1st January 2016. Dr Margaret Knox is the present President and will have served three years in January.
Irene was born in Co. Monaghan and moved to Co. Tyrone, with her parents and two brothers, when she was six years old. After secondary education in Dungannon, she attended Stranmillis Teacher Training College. Her career as a Primary School teacher took her to Castlederg, Omagh, Ballygawley and finally Fivemiletown. She was awarded early retirement in 2007.
She enjoys travelling and visiting other countries of the world, especially catching up with family and friends. Irene is married to Robert, a sheep farmer, and lives outside Fivemiletown.
When she retired she was pleased to be free to join Colebrooke and Cooneen Mothers' Union and participate in their many and varied activities. The work and witness in each Branch, between Branches and in the Diocese has widened her experience of Mothers' Union involvement in the community and world-wide. She was appointed Branch Leader this year. Irene is a member of the Select Vestry of Colebrooke Parish and also a Diocesan Pastoral Assistant.
As Irene takes on the role of Diocesan President, she does so with a certain amount of tripidation, but remembers the words of 1 Thessalonians 5 v 24: "He who calls you will do it, because he is faithful."
The Trustee Body look forward to working alongside Irene and assure her of its prayers and support.