en-us copyright 2019, 2019-01-19 Swords Lions donate new Minibus to St. Michael's House Two years ago Swords Lions Club visited St Micheal's house in the Seatown unit of Swords. They  saw at first hand what tremendous work twas being done there what a benefit it is to the community.
Swords Lions asked them what they could do to help and specifically asked  for their wish list.

At the top of the list was transport .  There had been a big problem getting them to doctors appointments , hospital appointments , outings and the transfers to and from the other residences they have in the Swords area.
The Lions took this information back to the the club and they all decided to go for what was the biggest project to date in the Swords and District Lions Club. They organised the usual fund raisers like Golf Classics , Music Festivals , Bucket collections and the like , but what the real bonus was a 10K donation from the District 133 An Post fund  . This was extremely appreciated and cut the time it took to deliver the van dramatically. Swords Lions set about Swords Lions received huge support from local individuals and businesses which are too numerous to mention but they could not have done it without them. A huge thank you to all of them. 

Swords Lions donate new Minibus to St. Michael's House wbi 2018-12-24 Lions respond to Indonesian disaster

Disaster has once again struck the coastal region of western Indonesia. A tsunami, triggered by a volcanic eruption, struck the area at approximately 9:30pm local time Saturday, December 22, killing over 350 people, wiping out hundreds of homes and businesses, and leaving many people homeless.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has approved US$50,000 in designated disaster funding to assist local Lions of district A1 and B1 in providing much needed early response relief.

We know Lions everywhere join us in sending their thoughts and prayers to the people affected by this resent disaster as they not only mourn the loss of loved ones, but also struggle to obtain adequate housing, fresh water, and food.

Lions respond to Indonesian disaster wbi 2018-12-24 Tullamore Lions launch their Annual The seventh edition of the Tullamore Annual was launched at the end of November. A Lions Club project, the annual has so far raised close on €150,000, making it the club’s biggest fundraiser.
Members of the club undertake all the work involved, except for the design and printing of the annual, which is done locally. It is a full-colour, high quality print publication of 180 pages.

Although only 20% of the annual is devoted to advertising, the bulk of the revenue comes from advertising..
The new issue features 12 articles on local food producers; six on local service organisations; 25 are profiles/interviews and tributes featuring well-known and less well-known local people; 18 feature local sports people and sporting achievements; 10 articles deal with local history matters and, importantly, five young writers are published. The annual, which costs €15 is sold through local retail outlets.
Tullamore Lions Club publishes the annual and owns the copyright to it. A complimentary copy of the annual will be sent to any interested Lions Club. Requests should be sent to Denis Doherty, Charleville View, Tullamore, Co. Offaly R35 RX40 enclosing stamps to the value of €10, to cover postage.

Tullamore Lions launch their Annual wbi 2018-12-07 Tablets for St. Audeon’s National School, Dublin St. Audeon’s National School, Dublin was the venue for the presentation by Lion Hilary Moylan of Dublin Lions Club of 60 tablets and speakers to three schools to support the reading skills of pupils in primary schools. St Audeon’s have pioneered the use of the Accelerated Reading Programme

using tablets and e-learning software. In addition to St Audeon’s, the other schools to benefit are St Patrick’s School National School, Ringsend and the Central Model School. The three schools receiving the tables are DEIS schools – schools addressing the needs of children and young people from disadvantaged communities. 

Tablets for St. Audeon’s National School, Dublin wbi 2018-12-07 Lions Clubs Fund Autism Pods Ten Lions Clubs from the Greater Dublin area and Lions Clubs Ireland  have combined to fund three sensory pods for use by autistic students at Dublin City University.
The Lions Clubs who participated in the fund-raising are Ashbourne, Clontarf, Howth/Sutton,

Castleknock, Swords, Portmarnock, Malahide, Balbriggan, Glasnevin and Dublin.

The sensory pods were unveiled at a ceremony in Dublin City University. They will be placed in locations across the University’s three campuses and will serve as designated quiet zones as part DCU’s Autism-Friendly University initiative.

Each pod allows students on the spectrum to control their environment and de-stress in a calming space. The sensory pods are located on the first floor of the O'Reilly Library on the Glasnevin campus, the third floor of the Cregan Library on St Patrick’s campus and the Apple Loft on All Hallows campus.

Earlier this year, DCU was recognized as the world’s first Autism-Friendly University by AsIAm, the autism advocacy charity, following an 18-month research project to better understand the challenges that may be facing autistic students. The research was carried out by researchers from and DCU’s School of Nursing and Human Sciences and the findings show that autistic students in third level often experience greater levels of difficulty settling in and adapting to university life than do their peers.
Frequently cited issues were discomfort in noisy environments, difficulties in managing schedules, deadlines and workload, challenges in participating in group work and unease in new social situations and extracurricular activities. Loneliness and anxiety also featured strongly. The sensory pods will give students on the spectrum a designated space to manage their sensory environment if they are feeling overwhelmed, allowing them space to de-stress before returning to the busy pace of campus life. 

Speaking at the unveiling of the sensory pods, Frank O’Donoghue, District Governor, Lions Clubs Ireland, said: “The funding of the project reflects the Lions core value of service to the community. Lions Clubs from North Dublin and its environs recognised the work of DCU in becoming the world’s first Autism-Friendly University and responded to an opportunity to provide funding for three sensory pods, with support from Lions Clubs Ireland. Ten Lions Clubs joined in the funding project, which is a fine example of clubs working together to achieve a worthwhile goal.”
Frank O’Donoghue, added: “Lions Clubs Ireland serves the community through projects in education, health, youth development, senior citizen care and homelessness while the 2,400 Lions who are members of 106 Lions Clubs throughout the island of Ireland, undertake hundreds of projects in their local communities. Lions Clubs Ireland also contributes to international health and education programmes and, through Lions Clubs International Foundation, responds to disasters whenever and wherever they occur.”

Claire Bohan, Director of Student Support & Development at DCU, stated: “We are so grateful to the Lions Clubs Ireland for funding this wonderful initiative for our students. The University’s campuses are vibrant spaces with lots of activity and interaction taking place, and this is so important to allow our students grow and flourish. We need, however, to be able to offer the balance of a quieter space so that students can take some time out as needs be, to allow them cope better throughout those busy days.
“It was critically important to us from the outset of this project that we would be able to offer this space on all three campuses, so that students would have the facility close to hand irrespective of where their learning was taking place. Through the generosity of the Lions Clubs Ireland, this is now a reality. We’re very much looking forward to hearing from the students about the impact these sensory pods have on their daily experience as a student in DCU.”

Lions Clubs members from the Dublin area pictured at DCU for the unveiling of three sensory pods which Lions Clubs have funded. They are pictured with Adam Harris, ceo ASIAM (extreme left), Frank O’Donoghue, District Governor, Lions Clubs Ireland (second from left) and Professor Brian McCraith, President DCU (fifth from left).

Lions Clubs Fund Autism Pods wbi 2018-11-22 Darren in European Young Ambassador District 133’s Young Ambassador, Darren McDonald, became the European Young Ambassador at the EUROPA Forum in Skopje, Macedonia, on Saturday 27th October. Darren, sponsored by Carlow Lions Club, faced stiff competition from Young Ambassadors from the UK, Belgium, Macedonia, Germany, Italy and Romania.

The international judges interviewed each candidate on Friday and the next day each of the contestants made a presentation on her/his project before a small audience of supporters and visitors. The presentations were of a very high standard and each described a very worthwhile project. These ranged from providing “shoes that grow” for a school in Africa to collecting Christmas “boxes” for 1,600 poor children. Darren’s project had two phases. Phase 1 involved raising €6,000 to help purchase a wheelchair accessible mini-bus for St Lassarian’s Special School in Tullow, which his two brothers had attended. This was achieved in June. The second phase involves fundraising to adapt the Tullow Youth Project premises to make them Special Needs Friendly. When this is completed the St Lasarians pupils will use the new bus to attend the youth project on a regular basis. Many members of the audience remarked that they found hearing about the projects and witnessing the passion and commitment of the Young Ambassadors quite inspirational. When the judges announced the result, 3rd place went to Germany, 2nd to the UK, and Darren was proclaimed the winner. Later, during the Forum closing ceremony, Darren was presented with his prize and was able to make a presentation on his project to the audience of over 2,000 Lions and guests. He performed exceptionally well and had the audience eating out of his hand, as his passion and natural empathy shone through. Darren’s prizes include a trophy and a bursary of €3,500, to be used towards his project.

Darren in European Young Ambassador wbi 2018-11-04 Lions Diabetes Screening at the National Ploughing Championship Thanks to the generosity of the NPA and Mrs. Anna May McHugh, the Lions Clubs of Ireland are carrying out their annual Diabetes Screening at the National Ploughing Championship being held this week in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The incidence of diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in recent years.

Early detection is vital. The Lions Diabetes Screening is carried out by qualified medics. It is painless and free and only takes a minute or two. This could save your life!
Call to the Lions Clubs of Ireland Stand. It is Stand 640, Row 4.
Looking forward to seeing you there and don't forget to bring your family and friends too.

Lions Diabetes Screening at the National Ploughing Championship wbi 2018-09-18 Visit the Lions at the National Ploughing Championship
You are invited to visit Lions Clubs pavilion at the National Ploughing Championships where Lions plan to screen 7,000 visitors for diabetes.
You will find us at: Row 32, Stand 640..

Diabetes Grows in Farming Community
Ireland’s farmers are at a growing risk of contracting diabetes, recent research has shown.

A report published in the USA reveals that that farmers were second only to transport workers in being advised by a doctor that they had diabetes, while research in Ireland suggests that changing farming practices are also a factor.
Following on the detection of potential diabetes in more than 600 visitors to the National Ploughing Championship last year, Lions Clubs plan to screen a record 7,000 people at the 2018 event in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
A team of 140 Lions and qualified nurses will be at the Lions Marquee at the Championships from 18th to 20th September.  They will offer visitors a free simple, painless blood test which is designed to identify early symptoms of diabetes. The service will run from 8am to 6pm on each day of the Ploughing Championships
Last year 8.8% of those screened, mainly farmers, were identified as potentially diabetic and were referred to their GPs for further examination.
According to Frank O’Donoghue, District Governor of Lions in Ireland, the incidence of diabetes is accelerating rapidly in rural Ireland due to diet and lifestyle changes and many people who are vulnerable to the disease remain oblivious of the risk that they are running. ‘Medical experts estimate that up to 200,000 people with diabetes in Ireland are unaware of their condition’, says Frank. ‘It is estimated that there are 200,000 people with diabetes and a similar number who have diabetes but are unaware that they have the condition. The majority of these people will only be diagnosed through an acute medical event because they do not have a regular blood test. A further 250,000 people have impaired glucose tolerance or "pre-diabetes" of which 50% will develop diabetes in the next five years if lifestyle changes are not made.’
A study published in the USA last year revealed that farmers were second only to transport workers in being advised by a doctor that they had diabetes.
The extensive survey by Gallup and Sharecare (a healthcare website) revealed that farmers who regularly used certain pesticides were particularly vulnerable Age was also a factor with many of the participating farmers aged 55 and upwards.
Another study, conducted in India revealed that 18% of participating farmers were diabetic.
Traditionally, farming was one of the most active occupations. However, according to the National Centre For Men’s Health at the Institute of Technology, Carlow,  the evolution of tractors, combine harvesters, milking machines, ATV’s and jeeps has replaced a great deal of the labouring and physical aspects of farming. As a result, while farmers are still busy, they are not as physically active as they used to be.  In a booklet, ‘Staying fit for Farming’, the Centre says that regular physical activity or exercise has been shown to have a hugely positive influence on both physical and mental health. It reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes and a number of cancers as well as being a very good way to manage stress and to control weight. However many farmers are not doing enough physical activity to have good health’

According to the Centre, farmers spend more time sitting while machinery ‘does the work’, some farmers stop taking part in sport when they feel that they can no longer do it competitively, many farmers struggle to find time for themselves when balancing their work and family life and some farmers simply get out of the habit of exercising and are not sure how to start back or what kind of exercise to do.

The 2,500 Lions in 106 Lions Clubs throughout Ireland, work to raise awareness of diabetes and organise frequent screening days all over the country. They have been offering this service at the National and World Ploughing Championships for many years.
The service at the 2018 National Ploughing Championships is organised by 14 Lions Clubs from Bantry, Birr, Carlow, Edenderry, Kilcullen,
Monasterevin, Naas, Newbridge/Kildare, Portarlington., Portlaoise,
Portumna, Roscommon, Thurles and Tullamore.
Media are invited to visit the Lions Stand where a special area will be set aside for photo opportunities with visiting dignitaries and well-known personalities.

Jennifer Byrne, the 2017 Rose of Tralee was among the visitors to the Lions Clubs Diabetes Screening at last year’s National Ploughing Championships.
Further information from:
John O’Donovan, Lions Diabetes  Awareness Officer.
087 2886310

Frank Corr, Lions Clubs District PRO-
086 8274710


Visit the Lions at the National Ploughing Championship wbi 2018-09-05 Sing with the Lions Lion Sean Olohan, who composed a song Lions International from Wicklow says the only way to describe his trip to Las Vegas last week is ‘totally unbelievable and extremely spectactular’.

Sean who has performed to big audiences throughout Europe during his musical career but nothing

comes even close to singing to an audience of 15,000 in one of the biggest venues in the world.
Sean said ‘When I saw the venue for the first time I was shocked at the size of it’.
After he and his wife Jackie who played piano and sang backing vocals rehearsed, he felt much more comfortable in the gigantic arena. They were very fortunate to have the support of DG Frank O’Donoghue and his wife Elaine. Frank took time off from his very busy schedule to come along to the rehearsal and give some Irish encouragement .
Sean spoke to the huge audience before his performance on stage on how proud he was to be a Lion from Ireland and brought greetings from all Irish Lions. He thanked the new President for giving him the opportunity to write a song for her and was delighted that it was received with such enthusiasm.
‘Sing with the Lions’ has received 3000 views in less than a week on YouTube. ‘Please share it as much as possible and spread the Lionism word in song from Co.Wicklow and Ireland worldwide’ says Sean.
To hear Lions Sean’s song click on the link below.

Sing with the Lions wbi 2018-07-17 Irish Lions Club enable Guide Dog breeding
A new generation of Guide and Assistance Dogs will emerge from a breeding programme supported by Lions Clubs in Ireland.
The selective breeding programme pioneered by Irish Guide Dogs is designed to breed Guide and Assistance dogs

who will better support and interact with their owners, thereby enhancing their quality of life.
This large-scale project has been supported by Lions Clubs in Ireland to mark the Centenary of Lions Clubs International. Clubs throughout Ireland have raised over €130,000 for the project with the latest contribution presented to Irish Guide Dogs this weekend (Saturday 14th) July by Frank O’Donoghue, District Governor, Lions Clubs of Ireland.
A proportion of the funds raised will be presented to the Guide Dogs Association of Northern Ireland.
Making the presentation, Frank O’Donoghue praised the work of Irish Guide Dogs

‘This three year appeal for funding to support the development of the breeding programme of Irish Guide Dogs was conceived as a fitting way to mark the Centenary of the founding of the Lions in 1917 in Chicago by Melvin Jones.

From an early stage in the development of the Lions Organisation –championing the blind has been one of our priority goals. This has its origin in the 1925 Lions convention, when guest speaker, Helen Keller- a pioneering champion of the blind – challenged the Lions to become ‘Knights of the Blind’.

This is a cause that the Lions have fully embraced both in the United States and internationally. Lions worldwide made Sight and Vision a major priority and this will continue in the second century of our Organisation’, he said.

Lions Clubs project leader Pat McCoole thanked Lions Clubs throughout the country for their support. ‘The funding was raised at local level by Lions Clubs who responded magnificently to the project’, he said. ‘We thank each club and every Lion who participated and also members of the public who contributed to the many fund-raising activities.’ “
John Burke, Corporate Partnerships Manager, Irish Guide Dogs commented; ‘We cannot thank  the Irish Lions Clubs enough for their generous support over the last number of years. This partnership is so special and has really enabled us to continue to deliver vital services for free throughout Ireland. The focus and time invested in our Breeding Regeneration Programme coupled with our passion for clients and the collective dedication of our clients, staff, volunteers and supporters enables us to deliver on our plans to train and support the maximum number of clients in the years ahead.

Pictured at  the presentation of a cheque from Lions Clubs to Guide Dogs Ireland are (from left) Frank O’Donoghue, District Governor, Lions Clubs Ireland, Teresa Dineen, Past District Governor, John Burke, Guide Dogs Ireland, Tim Culhane with his guide dog and Paul Allen, Past District Governor, Lion Clubs Ireland.

Irish Lions Club enable Guide Dog breeding wbi 2018-07-16 DG Frank takes over as District Governor Immediate Past District Governor Teresa Dineen handed over her chain of office to Lion Frank O'Donoghue at a function in Clontarf Castle last night. Lion Frank is a member of Dublin Club for many years. The functon was attended by Lions from all over Ireland and a great night was had by all.

Lion Des Ryan, Westport Lions Club was also installed as 2nd. Vice District Governor. To view images of District Handover please click here.

DG Frank takes over as District Governor wbi 2018-07-15 Youth Exchange Students visit Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary Carrick on Suir Lions Club welcomed 18 young people from the above programme on Wednesday June 27th 2018 . It was a glorious day and members of the Men’s Shed and Lions Club were out to  in force to greet our visitors .
Carrick on Suir Lions Club have developed an environmental charter

in collaboration with the Town council  an taisce , local business and community organizations. We are committed to making a difference and improving the local environment for our community particularly the environs of the river Suir . Two very different projects were chosen for the young people to work on in collaboration with the Men’s Shed .
The Marian Grotto in the local park needed to be painted and adjoining flower beds tidied . This job was attacked with great enthusiasm and good fun was had by all .
The towns bat population is in decline       this prompted the Men’s Shed facilitated by Lion Brian White to build a prototype bat box . The task for our visitors was to assemble 6 bat boxes based on this prototype and erect them on trees in the town park to provide safe and secure nesting sites for the bat population .
Assembling the boxes was great fun enjoyed more by the girls it seems !
We were very proud of the young people for their enthusiasm and willingness to get involved . They represented their countries and Lionism very well .
Our visitors ended their day in COS with a well deserved meal . Thank you to Eoin O Neill Youth Coordinator for providing us with the opportunity to engage with these young people and for making a difference in our community .

Baptise Chiron and Lisa Trica presented a Chevron from his grandfathers Lions Club Cholet Mauges in France .

Youth Exchange Students visit Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary wbi 2018-07-07 Our new District Governor in office July 1st. starts the Lions year throughout the world. From the International President and Board to clubs in every corner of the world, the new team takes up office.

Lions Frank O'Donoghue, a member of Dublin Lions Club will be our leader for 2018-2019.

He was sworn in as District Governor at our Associations International Convention in Las Vegas on July 3rd.
Frank O’Donoghue was first introduced to Lions in 1975 while working in the UK, joining the Ellesmere

Port Lions club and transferred to Dublin Lions Club on his return to Ireland. Frank has served in every club officer position with Dublin Lions including three occasions as Club President, most recently in 2015-2016 when Dublin Lions celebrated the 60th Anniversary of its Charter.

Frank has served on cabinet for 10 years, initially to promote the Alcohol Awareness Programme and more recently as Zone and Region Chair. Frank is married to Elaine, who is from Liverpool and they have a son and three daughters and to date 3 grandchildren. Two of their children and a son- in –law have become Lions and Frank is now working on his grandchildren as future Leos.As is the case with many people, Frank has changed his career path over the years.
His first plan in going to University College, Dublin was to become a secondary teacher with a BA. He studied Economics and Geography including Urban Geography which in turn introduced him to Town Planning, which he then studied in the UK with Post Graduate Degree in Town Planning in Leeds.
A side benefit of studying in Leeds was an introduction to the great Leeds United Team –where John Giles was in his prime. Frank worked for a number of Local Authorities in the UK, including Cheshire county Council, where he met and married Elaine –who introduced him to Liverpool FC.
Frank returned to Ireland in 1977 to work in the Irish public Service, including as the first Planning Officer of Dublin Port. In 1983 he completed the MBA at UCD and took the opportunity to move into Management Consulting. His work as a Consultant was particularly focused on the Food Sector, Retail Sector and Logistics and involved extensive international travel up to the present day, though winding down in the last 2 years.

Our new District Governor in office wbi 2018-07-05 What a Holiday! It is the same every year! Once we go through the entrance of Trabolgan Holiday Centre we are happy! We renew old friendships with our guests and fellow Lions and make lots of new friendships too. This is the 34th year of this project and most would agree that it goes from strength to strength each year.

We have almost 600 guests who are looked after by approximately 80 Lions and helpers from our clubs. We also have a full team of Order of Malta personnel who take great care of all of us.
The day is "all go" from early morning till early morning". We have walks, tours to local attractions, competitions of all sorts, fro the Cecil Vard Talent Competition to Ladies Day in Ascot. We have daily Bingo, singing and dancing, partying. We have Glamourous Granny and Great Granny contests and even a Lovely Legs Competition!  I don't know where our guests get all their energy.

The weather was unbelievable but we wouldn't have had anything to worry about in that respect anyway as Trabolgan have built a superb "Plaza" which ensures that the Centre is "weather-proof".

If you would like to see a selection of photos from this years holiday, click here

What a Holiday! wbi 2018-06-26 Donal O'Sullivan receives Lions Club highest recognition Donal O' Sullivan, General Manager of Trabolgan Holiday Centre, was the recipient of a Melvin Jones Fellowship during the Lions Clubs of Ireland Holiday Project recently. This is the highest recognition that a Lions Club can bestow on anybody.

It was given because of the tremendous support that Donal has give to the Lions over the years during our annual holiday for senior citizens. District Governor Teresa Dineen presented the MJF to Donal.
L-R: Lion PDG Gerald Langford (Committee Member), DG Teresa Dineen, Donal O'Sullivan, District Governor Elect Frank O'Donoghue, Lion Donal Browning, Lions Holiday Project Chairperson.

Donal O'Sullivan receives Lions Club highest recognition wbi 2018-06-26 New Lions Club in Ballsbridge, Dublin DG Teresa presented the charter to the members of the new club at a meeting held in the Dylan Hotel, Dublin.  It was an excellent meeting, chaired by the Charter President, Farrell O’Boy, who is transferring from Maynooth Kilcock Lions Club.

Also in attendance were Zone Chair Scott Wallace, who will act as Guiding Lion for the new club and Lion Ronan Twohig, President of Maynooth Kilcock.
As this photo was been taken, two Lions from Australia, Lions Tyrone and Lyn Power, Halliday Point Lions Club, NSW, just happened to arrive at the hotel, so the new Lions had their first experience of meeting their 1.5 million new friends.

New Lions Club in Ballsbridge, Dublin wbi 2018-06-26 Summer Party for Dublin Homeless Community’ Homeless people from Dublin were guests at ‘Summer Party for Dublin Homeless Community’ , a new event which was held in Iveagh Gardens. The event was organised in collaboration with the Dublin Lions Club, UCD Staff and UCD Students (UCDLC).

Guests enjoyed a festival of food, music entertainment plus a range of services , including a wellness tent, chiropodist, barber, nail technician, vet (to look at any pets) and information bureaus on how to create a CV, apply for a job and how to access social services.

The OPW kindly made Iveagh Gardens available for this unique festival type event. In preparation on Saturday morning, Iveagh Gardens was transformed with areas for food stalls, the wellness area and a stage for the various musical acts from UCD also Mundy, Declan O’Rourke and Absolutely Yo.

The guests for this ticket-only event came from many different venues, including the Dublin Simon Community, St Vincent DePaul, the Capuchin Day Centre, Iveagh Trust, Alice Leahy Trust, Salvation Army, Crosscare, Stepping Stone and various day centres. The profile of guests spans the homeless / sheltered / lonely. Included in the guests are many nationalities.

To view full selection of images, click on link below:

Summer Party for Dublin Homeless Community’ wbi 2018-05-28 Thurles Lions Club Diabates Screening

Thurles Lions Club will hold their Annual Diabetic Screening Day in Thurles Pharmacy, Thurles Shopping Centre on Saturday 21st April between 9.30a.m. and 5.30p.m.

Take a simple test to be screened and receive advice on the next steps.  It is free, painless and only takes a minutes. It could save your life.  All welcome!

Photo L-R: Eilish Costello, Diana Kearney, of Thurles Pharmacy, Gary Roche President of Thurles Lions Club and Lion Bee Hayes who is organising this event.

Thurles Lions Club Diabates Screening wbi 2018-04-15 Cheque Presentation to Guide Dogs Northern Ireland

Vice District Governor Bernard Black recently presented a cheque for £8300 to Guide Dogs Northern Ireland. These finds were donated by the Clubs in Northern Ireland

as part of our Centenary Guide Dogs Project.

Cheque Presentation to Guide Dogs Northern Ireland wbi 2018-02-26 Siofra wins for Naas

Síofra Bartels Nic an Ghearr , a 6th class pupil from Gaelscoil Nás na Ríogh has done Naas Lions Club proud. She not only won the local school's art competition sponsored by Lions Club International but also won at District level

and her poster has gone forward to the international level of judging in Chicago, USA. 2017/18

More than 450,000 entries are submitted worldwide in the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Club International is sponsoring the programme to emphasise the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

The wining posters will be selected by a panel of judges focusing on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “The Future Of Peace

Siofra wins for Naas wbi 2018-02-15 Darren wins for Carlow! Darren Mc Donald from Carlow was chosen as Young Ambassador of the Year at the District 133 Final held in the Carlton Hotel, Dublin on Saturday 20th. January. He will now go on to represent District 133

at the Multiple District final in the UK and the European Final of the competition in Skopje, Macedonia next October

Each of the contestants was presented with a small trophy by District Governor Teresa Dinneen as a momento of the occasion. Young Ambassador Darren also received the Tom Farmer Perpetual Trophy. Darren (18) from Tullow, Co. Carlow, is a 6th. year student at Tullow Community School.

He is very actively involved in improving the welfare of his community. He volunteers within his Parish, is a regular visitor to the local day care centre for elderly people, is Chairperson of his local youth club and is a dedicated fundraiser for St Laserian School, Carlow, a school for children with special needs. His project, towards which he intends to put his winner’s bursary of €600, is a fundraising programme to raise €6,000 to part-fund a new wheelchair accessible mini-bus for St Laserians School. Other elements of the programme which he has planned include, a non-uniform day in his own school, a bag-pack in a local supermarket, a “dance for diversity” in the local rugby club, a Duck Race in the River Slaney and a Dog Show.

We wish Darren every success in representing District 133 in the UK and Macedonia

Darren wins for Carlow! wbi 2018-02-02 Suicide Prevention - Lions Club members can help prevent suicide
Mr John Meehan, head of National Office of Suicide Prevention ( speaking recently in Galway, at the local launch of 'Connecting for Life' Irelands National Strategy to Reduce Suicide

2015-2020 said:
'The evidence shows that with the right help, support or intervention at many different stages, SUICIDE is PREVENTABLE'

Suggested action.
Select a member of your lions club to deal with this issue.
Please have this member contact me. Together we can organise.

-ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) it is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first-aid. ... ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of suicide and increase the support for a person at risk.
See video on ASIST.

-SAFE TALK comprises a three hour presentation and will be provided by the HSE Suicide Prevention Resource Service.
Southern clubs contact   Northern clubs contact local NHS office.

-Distribute Lions Clubs small cards, with help line contact details

Pat Connolly,                                                    January 2018
Lions Clubs Project (chairman)  Suicide Prevention/Anti Bullying

Suicide Prevention - Lions Club members can help prevent suicide wbi 2018-01-29 Wicklow Lions make Music

Members of Wicklow and District Lions Club made
Music at their annual visit to Blainroe Lodge where they organized a party for residents of the nursing home.

Supplementing some fine singers from Blainroe Lodge, Lions Club president Pat O’Brien played his saxophone for the very first time in public while Sean and Jackie Olohan also contributed musically. Some see this as the birth of a Wicklow Lions Club Orchestra.
Amanda Vickers thanked the Lions for providing entertainment at the party and said that she hopes it can be repeated during the coming Summer

Wicklow Lions make Music wbi 2018-01-26 Bray Lions Club New Years Day Swim Announcing the Bray Charities Sea Swim for 2017 Bray Lions Club President Jerry Teehan said this remarkable event has over the last 33 years raised €321,888 for many local worthy causes.

It is wonderful to have it as the first event in the year in which we will celebrate 30 years of Lions in Bray.

Bray Lions Club is seeking your help to spread the word verbally, and by Facebook and Twitter !

With many of the swimmers turning out in fancy dress, this is always a very enjoyable and colourful event, and we all love a challenge! 

Out of the many deserving charities, Bray Charities Sea Swim has decided to choose four
and this year we have chosen as our charities for 2017: 
Wicklow Hospice
WH 5 Loaves, Bray 
Order of Malta, Bray 
Bray Lions Senior Citizens/Carers' Fund 

Remember no admin costs are incurred, the entire fundraising proceeds will go directly to these local charities. Bray Lions Club Members pay all costs of running the Swim.

Dr Brendan Cuddihy of Wicklow Hospice encourages as many people as possible to take part in this important and long established fundraising event.

If you're up for a challenge or just looking for a sudden sharp shock to blow away the night before cobwebs
Contact John McEvoy on 086 - 85 61 888 or email 
or see Bray Lions Club's Facebook page.
Details also available at the Strand Hotel or FHM Accountants (Red Door behind McDonalds)

If you're looking for something exciting to do with the family,
come on down to Bray Seafront before 12 noon on Sunday 1st January 2017 and join the fun!!!
Click here to view video of our 2016 Swim

Bray Lions Club New Years Day Swim wbi 2017-12-28 Kilkenny Lions keep on Giving Brian O’Callaghan, President of Kilkenny Lions Club, distributed €30,000 raised from the Christmas Hamper Appeal and other recent fund-raising events to local

organisations at St. Canice’s Cathedral.

Among those local organisations that benefitted were: St. Vincent De Paul; The Good Shepherd Centre; the Amber Refuge; The Church of Ireland and Kilkenny Social Services.
This year’s appeal was a tremendous success and he thanked the Kilkenny People and KCLR for giving so much of their time and resources in supporting the various Lions events.

He thanked the depth and spirit of the people of Kilkenny, both business and community, who contributed so generously and participated in this year’s appeal.
He also thanked Maura Kenealy for use of her shop in Upper Patrick Street as a collection point for auction items.

He commended the members of Kilkenny Lions Club for their hard work and commitment over the year.

Finally he thanked all of this year sponsors and in particular, State Street International Ireland Ltd, Country Style Foods Ltd, PWC and Davy Private Clients.

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Kilkenny Lions keep on Giving wbi 2017-12-28 Meet 2017-18 Lions International President Naresh Aggarwal!

Meet 2017-18 Lions International President Naresh Aggarwal! wbi 2017-12-28 RTE Nationwide programme about the work of Irish Lions Clubs From Cavan, as Lions Club groups get ready for their annual Christmas food collection with a visit to the local hospital.

Reporter Niall Martin meets a student who came up with a novel idea for helping homeless people and hears about the Bray Lions Club's three-year funding package for an assistance dog breeding programme for children with autism.

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RTE Nationwide programme about the work of Irish Lions Clubs wbi 2017-12-09 Lions work on Diabetes Awareness
Layla was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 17 months old.

Her mother, Amie, describes their journey. Learn how Lions are providing support and raising awareness for diabetes.

Lions work on Diabetes Awareness wbi 2017-12-04 Knit for Street Children The Street Children/Homeless project has been running for over 16 years. Unfortunately, the demand now is bigger than it has ever been. The project has grown to meet demand and aim to help anyone who is homeless.

There were 8,270 people homeless across Ireland at the end of August 2017. This figure includes adults and children with their families. Also, at the end of August 2017, there were over 811 young people (adults aged under 25) living in emergency homeless accommodation.

This represents an 18% increase from just one year before. Almost three-quarters of these young people live in Dublin. Lion Paddy Cahill has written to all Lions Clubs to request help with the annual appeal for project funds. The Street Children project works with various agencies around the entire island of Ireland to deliver essential items like sleeping bags, hat, scarves, rain gear etc. These include Tig Linn, Cork Penny Dinners, Focus Ireland and others. Also, this year, the project is launching a nationwide appeal requesting donations of knitted hats, snoods, scarves etc. as this would leave more money to spend on sleeping bags.

Lions are asked to spread the word requesting warm accessories as this would help hugely. Says Paddy: ‘Whether you can knit, crochet, ask friends to do same or purchase some for donation would make a tremendous difference‘.

Knit for Street Children wbi 2017-11-24 Every Cent Helps a Cause by VDG Frank O'Donoghue

As members of Lions Clubs International we are very proud of the claim that ‘Every cent we collect goes to help a good cause’. The funds we raise, whether in street collections; coffee mornings, quiz nights

–every cent goes to the good causes that we support. These good causes are local - assisting in meeting special needs, providing food hampers, newspaper for the blind etc. Lions clubs also support national causes –supporting the Lions Centenary Guide Dogs initiative, supporting senior citizens for a week in Trabolgan or enabling carers to participate in a Carers Weekend.

We also support international projects –recent examples include emergency support for Nepal, financial support for the construction of Safe Centre in Lebanon for  refugee children from Syria and participating in the measles eradication programme.  Not one cent of the funds we raise as Lions is spent on administration.

The reason that we can make this claim is because we all pay a Lions membership fee to meet all the administration costs of our organisation locally, nationally and internationally. This is an important fact that we must communicate in the context that many of the public have become disenchanted with the charity sector as a consequence of the some of the scandals involving a small number of charities. 

In recent weeks there has been press coverage of a survey of the charity sector undertaken by Amarch Research. This survey shows that there remains a question over the level of trust in Irish charities. The lack of trust is due to the malpractice in some charities that was brought to light in the last two years. The research found that the level of anger a number of years ago as a result of the malpractice is giving way to a more pragmatic recognition that charities have an important job to do.

Often as Lions, we anticipate push back when we explain to prospective new members to our club the fact that it is necessary to pay a membership fee to become a Lion. In fact this is a huge positive to Lions Clubs as it enables us to stand apart from other service organisations and charities where a significant proportion of total income is spent on administration including fundraising. 

Thus, whether we are appealing for funds to support for the wide range of work we undertake or we are seeking to attract new members we must always communicate the message –‘Every cent that is raised by Lions club goes directly to good causes’.  This is particularly important to remember over the coming weekend when many Lions clubs will be carrying out a bucket collection at Tesco Stores in the 26 Counties.

This appeal at Tesco provides Lions with the opportunity to raise much needed funds and also communicate with the public the work we undertake as Lions. We must also be aware that high profile fundraising by Lions is a wonderful opportunity to attract volunteers and potential members. 
I wish every club great success this weekend with fundraising  ;

Every Cent Helps a Cause by VDG Frank O'Donoghue wbi 2017-11-10 Forty years of service to Carlow Lions Our two Charter members Sean Swan (left) and Joe Costigan (right) assisted by DG Teresa Dineen in the cutting the 40th birthday cake for Carlow Lions Club. Congratulations to both Lions.

Forty years of service to Carlow Lions wbi 2017-11-10 CEO of Irish Guide Dogs thanks Irish Lions Padraig Mallon, CEO, Irish Guide Dogs, said: “We would like to thank the Lions for their immense generosity. By donating your time and helping to raise much needed funds,

you are really playing an important and significant role in supporting our operations here at Irish Guide Dogs. 80% of our income comes from fundraising and donations so it really is vital to enabling us to continue to transform lives and work to improve communities. The funds raised by Lions will go directly into our Breeding Diversification Program which each year will build and bring about significant improvements in our partnership matching ratios and will significantly reduce our waiting lists allowing us to get to ever more people in need and sooner.”

CEO of Irish Guide Dogs thanks Irish Lions wbi 2017-11-09 One child goes blind every minute

One child goes blind every minute. Half-a-million children will have lost their sight by the end of the year. That is why LCIF partnered has with the World Health Organization (WHO) to address childhood blindness.

The Project for Elimination of Avoidable Childhood Blindness has established or strengthened 45 pediatric Lions eye care centers around the world. These centers deliver preventative, therapeutic, and rehabilitative eye care services to 140 million children.

One child goes blind every minute wbi 2017-10-19