The 2,300 members of Lions Clubs on the island of Ireland are organised within District 133 of Lions Clubs International, an organisation of 46,000 clubs and 1.4m Lions which operates in almost every country of the world. District 133 was established in 2017 and replaced District 105I which was part of a Multiple District that also included Lions Clubs in Britain.
The 108 Lions Clubs in Ireland are administered by a District Governor team comprising the District Governor, first and second Vice District Governors and the immediate Past District Governor. They head a Cabinet, comprising administrative officers, project officers and the chairs of nine Zones representing clubs throughout the country. All posts are voluntary and Lions Clubs do not have a head office or professional staff.
Guided by the principle of ‘We Serve’, Lions Clubs in Ireland engage in projects at International, District, Zone and Club levels. Clubs contribute to major Lions projects in the areas of health, refugee support and disaster relief and participate in more than 15 District projects including an annual senior citizens holiday, diabetes screening, health education and supports, carers weekends, a food appeal and youth projects which include a Young Ambassador programme, student exchanges, a Peace Poster competition and a football championship.
To mark the Centenary Year of Lions Clubs International in 2017, District 133 is raising funds for the breeding and training of Guide and Assistance Dogs. Lions in Ireland welcomes new members and those interested should contact their local Lions Club.