Kilkenny golfers to hit the ‘green’ target with new initiative

On Saturday in Kilkenny Golf Club, Kilkenny Lions Club and Kilkenny County Council launched a significant environmental initiative funded by the Council’s Waste Prevention Program. Read the full article on the Kilkenny Peoples Website here

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Kilkenny Lions Ask to support local business

During these difficult times Kilkenny Lions Club President Pat O’Hanlon has asked people to consider shopping local to support our local businesses.

You can hear the advertisement below

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Kilkenny Lions Club Elects New President

At the Kilkenny Lions Club annual meeting through Zoom, Pat O’Hanlon was elected President for 2020/2021.

The outgoing President Rodger Curran wished him a very successful year.

Pat joined Kilkenny Lions in 2014, and has chaired the subcommittee which runs the annual golf classic from which many charities have benefitted.

As an educationalist and former Secondary school Principal, he is committed to supporting the wellbeing and positive mental health of students in schools. He led a Lions initiative locally supported by the National executive of Lions Clubs of Ireland in distributing an information pamphlet for parents/guardians around Cyber Bullying

This initiative required a visit to over thirty schools both Primary and Secondary in the 

Kilkenny region. The school’s authorities embraced it with great enthusiasm. Over three thousand parents /guardians received valuable tips around strategies to protect their families from negative social media commentary.

Pat resides in Kilkenny city with my wife Mary, they have two grown up and married daughters Rhona & Dearbhla.

Pat’s outside interests include golfing, gardening, reading and GAA .

For his year in office Pat, with the help of all the committee members and with the generous support of the people of Kilkenny including the business sector, intends to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors in providing support and help for those in our City and County requiring assistance.

He thanked the Kilkenny People and KCLR for giving such great publicity to the various Lions fundraising events. He said that he looked forward to continuing the great work and outstanding service of the outgoing president Rodger Curran.

The past year has been very successful with fundraising events including the Xmas Hamper Appeal, Schools Concert, Wine Fair, Golf Classic, Street Collection, Carol Singing, and Sponsored Duck race.

The funds raised have allowed Kilkenny Lions to provide valuable assistance to
St. Vincent De Paul
Amber Kilkenny Women’s Refuge Centre
Cois Nore
Good Shepherd Centre
Meals on Wheels
Kilkenny Sub Aqua
and to 10 other local voluntary organisations in the City and County.

Throughout the country, charity organisations are finding fundraising difficult as a result of Covid 19. The club has normally seven fundraising events between now and Christmas and he is in no doubt that this year, organising some of these will be especially challenging. However, Pat is confident that any challenges will be surmounted, even if it means that they are organised somewhat differently than before. Pat added that we are facing a new normal and this will require innovative and new ways of engaging to see our projects through to fruition.

 He said that he hopes that his year as President will see this outstanding club having a very successful year supporting good causes and working in the service of others.

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Westport Lion Heads Irish District


Westport Lion Heads Irish District

Des Ryan from Westport has been elected as District Governor of Lions Clubs International in Ireland. He succeeds Bernard Black of Antrim Coast Lions Club and will lead 2,150 Lions who are members of 103 Clubs in District 133 of the word-wide organisation.

Born in Dublin, Des is grandson of the late Terry O’Sullivan, journalist and diarist and is a nephew of the writer and broadcaster Nuala O’Faolain.

He moved to Westport with his parents in 1980 and after graduating in Construction Studies at Galway RTC, he worked in the structural steel industry prior to establishing his own company in 2004.

Des initially joined Lions Clubs International through Leos, its youth organisation. He was the founding president of Westport Leo Club and went on to become the youngest member of Westport Lions Club, later serving as secretary and club president. He headed the North West Zone of Lions Clubs before his election as Vice District Governor.

As District Governor, Des plans to enhance the national understanding of Lions Clubs ethos and activities.

‘Lions Clubs are active in almost every community on this island, supporting the vulnerable and those in need through a very wide range of projects. At national level we are engaged in health, education, community support, youth development and sport while our District also supports major international humanitarian projects undertaken by the Lions Clubs International Foundation’, he says.

He adds that Lions Clubs in Ireland has responded to the Covid 19 pandemic by supporting local communities and by contributing €95,000 to purchase and distribute 100,000 Hero Shields to front line workers.

‘We need to create a greater public awareness of our activities, so that we can attract new members and raise the necessary funds’, he  says.

As District Governor, Des also plans to enhance the use of communications technology by Lions Clubs, to offer training to members and leadership opportunities to a new generation of Lions Clubs officers.

A keen sportsman who has played soccer and GAA, Des enjoys playing guitar, singing and gardening. He is married to Sara (they met at a Leo Club meeting) and they are parents to Catherine (26), Jessica (21), Emma (13) and Ben(11) and grandparents of Elisagh (4).

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Hero Shield Project


Lions Clubs throughout Ireland to raise €100,000 for ‘Hero Shield’ Visors

Lions Clubs have pledged to raise up to €100,000 to fund 200,000 ‘Hero Shield’ face visors which will be distributed free of charge to front line health workers throughout Ireland.

The project, led by James O’Sullivan of Macroom Lions Club, was initially supported by nine other clubs in the Zone and has since gained the support of Lions Clubs District 133, which covers the island of Ireland. District Governor Bernard Black has asked the 106 Lions Clubs in the District to support the project with donations.

Rodger Curran President Kilkenny Lions Club said that the Club was delighted to support this important initiative and our contribution has been sent to the national Lions coordinators. He thanked all our front line workers and said the whole country is so proud of them.

Says Lions Zone Chairman Orla Flavin from Cobh Lions Club:

‘We are already getting a very positive response from Lions Clubs all over the country and we are confident that we will reach our target of €100,000. Not all heroes wear capes but as Lions Clubs, we can help make sure our heroes wear shields’.

James O’Sullivan of Macroom Lions Club, who initiated the project adds:

‘Twenty companies across the country are giving their time, talents and tools free of charge to produce these visors which are manufactured here in Ireland, are certified and meet EU Standards.  Covid 19 teams North and South have already approved the Lions Hero Shields. An Garda Síochána, Hospitals and, Care Homes North and South across the country have been contacted and are anxious to take delivery of our PPE’s as soon as possible. The need is clear as statistics show front line staff account for almost a quarter of the Covid-19 cases in Ireland’.  

 Says Lions Clubs District Governor Bernard Black:

‘The 1.4m members of 46,000 Lions Clubs throughout the world are dedicated to serving their communities and this project enables Lions Clubs to make a meaningful contribution to the battle against Covid 19 in Ireland. It also complements the wide range of voluntary community support which Lions Clubs have been offering to their local communities since the virus first emerged in Ireland.’

The Hero Shield is a full-face visor designed to be used by front line workers in the battle against the COVID19 virus.  It is a vital piece of Personal Protective Equipment in the armoury of kit helping to protect those who put themselves at risk to help others.  

The visors are manufactured in Ireland by Hero Shield, a new not-for-profit collective of companies, and are certified as meeting all relevant EU standards. The HSE has already noted that, as the visor has no moving parts, it is easier to sterilise and reuse than many existing solutions.

The Hero Shield will be available free to HSE and An Garda Síochána personnel in the Republic of Ireland and NHS and PSNI personnel in Northern Ireland.

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Environmental Charter.

Kilkenny Lions Club have recently adopted their environmental charter (available in the Downloads section of the website).

In line with this we will shortly be embarking on our Environmental project as one of our service projects. Exciting news to follow….

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Spirit Of Christmas Appeal

The Launch of the Lions Club Spirit Of Christmas Appeal was held recently in City Hall. In Partnership with our friends in The Kilkenny People , KCLR96FM and the local business community , this event hopes to raise in excess of €25000 to help the needy in the community this Christmas.

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Duck Race Launch

Article from the Kilkenny People on the recent launch for the upcoming duck race on the 27th of this month

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Lions Elect Antrim Governor


Lions Elect Antrim Governor

Bernard Black has been elected as District Governor of Lions Clubs in Ireland.

He heads an organisation of 2,500 Lions who are members of 106 clubs located throughout the island of Ireland. They are part of the worldwide Lions Clubs International which is the world’s biggest voluntary service organisation with 1.7m members in 45,000 clubs spread across 206 countries and regions.

Bernard Black is a native of Carnlough, in the Glens of Antrim, an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and a ‘World Heritage Site’.

He was educated at St. John’s PS, St. MacNissi’s College, New University of Ulster and the University of Liverpool and holds a degree in Ecology and Post Graduate qualifications in Education and IT in addition to a Masters in Microelectronics.

His father was a Charter (Founder) Member of Antrim Coast Lions Club and Bernard joined the club in 1984, the year his father died. A committed Lion from the beginning, Bernard was twice Zone Chairman and twice Regional Chairman. He has been Global Leadership Coordinator and was second and first Vice District Governor prior to his election as District Governor.

Bernard is John Moores Foundation Trust Fund manager for Northern Ireland and is an elections consultant for both Idox Elections and Modern Democracy.

With more than 1,000 books on his Kindle, Bernard is a keen reader. He also claims to ‘play the guitar badly’ and enjoys computing and consuming red wine.

The eldest of a family of five boys and two girls, Bernard married Kate 43 years ago and they are blessed with four daughters, two grandsons and two granddaughters

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President of Kilkenny Lions leads clean up on outskirts of City.

Rodger Curran ,newly elected president of Kilkenny Lions Club, recently with 14 Lions members led a major clean up of an amenity area on the Bennettsbridge Road of the City. The City recently won the IBAL –Irish Business Against Litter national title. Kilkenny Lions Club is playing its part by regularly teaming up the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee on joint clean ups, and painting and graffiti removal projects. Picture shows Rodger Curran busy at work


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