‘Pil­grim­age’ in hon­our of credit union founder

The Corkman - - NEWS - SHEILA FITZGER­ALD

Ac­tivists rep­re­sent­ing 17 credit union branches from coun­ties Antrim, Ty­rone and Derry vis­ited the Nora Herlihy Me­mo­rial Cen­tre (Credit Union House) in Bal­ly­desmond last Satur­day.

The group of 42 re­ceived a warm wel­come from mem­bers of Rath­more Credit Union, who es­tab­lished the branch in the vil­lage in 1986.

Bal­ly­desmond Credit Union is, of course, highly sig­nif­i­cant be­cause lo­cal wo­man Nora Herlihy was one of the key found­ing mem­bers of the Ir­ish Credit Union League and was born in the par­ish in 1910. For the vis­i­tors it was a mem­o­rable trip and they said they were hon­oured to see Nora’s home place and pay trib­ute to her life and work.

John O’ Neill of Rath­more Credit Union wel­comed the del­e­ga­tion from Chap­ter 2, as did John Long, Chair­man of Chap­ter 23 - the Kerry and West Lim­er­ick branches. The group was then treated to a very informative and highly en­ter­tain­ing tour of the cen­tre by lo­cal his­to­rian John Stephen O’Sul­li­van after which the vis­i­tors de­parted for Cork, where they en­joyed a tour of the city cour­tesy of Ted O’Sul­li­van of Dou­glas Credit Union.

Ac­tivists rep­re­sent­ing sev­en­teen Credit Union branches from coun­ties Antrim, Ty­rone and Derry who vis­ited the Nora Herlihy Me­mo­rial Cen­tre (Credit Union House) in Bal­ly­desmond last Satur­day are pic­tured with Per­son­nel from Rath­more Credit Union who hosted the visit.

Billy Breen, Marie Gil­loway, Pat McToal, and Patsy McShane of Chap­ter 2 Credit Unions (Antrim, East Ty­rone, and South Derry), pic­tured dur­ing their visit to the Nora Herlihy Me­mo­rial Cen­tre (Credit Union House) in Bal­ly­desmond, with Abina O’Sul­li­van, Neily Ma­hony, John O’Neill, John Ma­hony (Rath­more Credit Union), John Long (Chair­man of Chap­ter 23), and lo­cal His­to­rian John Stephen O’Sul­li­van. The group is posed be­side a pho­to­graph of Nora Herlihy, the Bal­ly­desmond na­tive who was one of the found­ing mem­bers of the Ir­ish Credit Union League. Photo by Sheila Fitzger­ald.

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