‘Pilgrimage’ in honour of credit union founder
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.