Letter from Emila re world Council 2011

12th August, 2011


I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of your Diocese for all the support and encouragement that they gave towards the successful Council held recently.

As you are all aware the Opening Service in St. Patricks Cathedral, Armagh and the Closing Service in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin were both very well attended by members past and present.  The Diocesan and World Banners being paraded up the knave of the cathedral was surely a spectacular view for everyone there to see.  A special word of thanks must go to all those who helped with entertaining the delegates in branches within Armagh Diocese before the service.  The pieces that the GFS Choir sang in Armagh enriched the service beautifully.

One of the tours provided took members to Glendalough and Powerscourt.  There was a  stopover in Donoughmore Parish Hall for refreshments  and entertainment which was talked about for days afterwards!!

We were honoured to have Mrs. Rosemary Kempsell M.U. World President, Mrs Ruth Mercer All Ireland President, Mrs. Marjory McElhinney G.B. National President and Mr Philip Daley, BB Director who all addressed the meeting during the conference.

The highlight of the Council must surely have been the interaction between the delegates/observers from the 14 countries represented and members of GFS Ireland.  This was not only when they met members in their branches but on International Day when a thousand members travelled from all over Ireland.  Members got to witness how important and varied GFS is around the world and to bring home a little keepsake of the day when they visited each country stand.

None of this would have been possible without the tremendous fundraising that took place in every branch and parish over the last 6 years.  In total over €80,000 was raised (and spent!!) to help offset expenses.  Grants were also received from the Church of Ireland Priorities Fund, Failte Ireland and various Church of Ireland Diocesan Councils and we thank them for their generous support.

We were delighted to be told that it was the most successful World Council held in many years and this was surely portrayed through the standing ovation the committee received at the closing meeting.

At the Closing Service Mrs Glenys Payne from Wales was commissioned as World President and we wish her and her team every success as she starts the planning for World Council 2014.


Emila Corrigan

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