Lions Club Christmas Auction

Hi All, Its that time of Year again, The Kilkenny Lions Club Christmas Auction with KCLR96FM and The Kilkenny People is almost upon is.

See attached the fantastic items up for grabs.

The Farm Auction takes place on KCLR96FM on Thursday 26th November and Thursday 3rd of December

The General Auction takes place on KCLR96FM on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of December.

Make sure to pick up a copy of The Kilkenny People this coming Wednesday for all the info.

Download Page 1 of the Auction items Here.

Download Page 2 of the Auction items Here.

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Kilkenny Lions Spirit of Christmas Hamper Appeal Launch

Brian Cody, Pat O’Hanlon (President of the Kilkenny Lions Club), Andrew McGuinness, (Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council) and Mayor John Coonan PICTURE: Vicky Comerford

The  Lions “Spirit of Christmas Hamper Appeal” was launched recently in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle by Cathaoirleach Andrew McGuinness, Mayor John Coonan, Lions President Pat O’Hanlon and special guest Brian Cody.

Cathaoirleach Andrew McGuinness thanked the Lions for the significant amount of money they have allocated over the years to organisations in County Kilkenny .  He said that, without the Lions support, many organisations would find it difficult to fully fund their programmes.

It is hard for a lot of people in these difficult times and he appealed to those who are in a position to help, to dig deep and help a good local cause.

He thanked the Kilkenny People and KCLR who do such great work in promoting the appeal.

 At the launch , Mayor John Coonan referred to the various fundraising activities of the Lions Club and said that  he knew  it was a challenging time for the Lions club and other charities throughout Kilkenny as Covid restrictions have affected their ability to run a number of fundraising events.

John congratulated the Lions Club for the positive contribution they make in Kilkenny. Many organisations benefit greatly from the Lions fundraising and he thanked all those volunteers in these organisations who do such great work in our community.

Lions President Pat O’Hanlon said he was delighted to launch our 2020 “Spirit of Christmas” Hamper Appeal. This is a fundraising campaign undertaken annually by Kilkenny Lions Club in partnership with KCLR and Kilkenny People.

As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, the future has never felt so unpredictable. These are challenging times for all of us and I appreciate the pressures so many businesses and people are under. In times like this we are reminded how interconnected we all are, as we try and serve those less well of in our society. Now, more than ever, our community needs our help, and we need your support.

The “Spirit of Christmas” builds on the success of the annual hamper appeal which has been run by Kilkenny Lions Club for the last twenty eight years.  This and other events, to date, have raised more than €780,000 over that period.  100% of the money collected is distributed to the charities as no administration or other costs are incurred. The proceeds have gone to assist many local organizations such as the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Kilkenny Social Services, Church of Ireland, Good Shepherd Centre,Amber Women’s Refuge Centre and many other organisations throughout the City and County of Kilkenny.  In total, Kilkenny Lions have supported over 90 local community organizations over that period.

 The primary fund raising is through the auction and sale of goods or services donated by local businesses.  The appeal is divided into two sections, a “Farm Section” and a “General Section”.  The Kilkenny People Newspaper publishes the “General” and “Farm Auction” lists with names of over 200 businesses over a three week period prior to and during the auction.  The goods or services are then auctioned by KCLR96FM on “air” and it is hoped over €20,000 will be raised. The General and Farm Auctions will take place this year in late November and early December.

We also expect to have a shop available during this period to display the items to be auctioned and where people can collect the purchase afterwards.

This event would not be the wonderful success that it has been over the years without the support and generosity of many hard working people in our community. Kilkenny Lions would like to thank the many people who contribute unselfishly each year to making this a success –

  • KCLR and Kilkenny People for their partnership over the years.
  • Brian Cody for his unfailing support each year
  • The 200 or so, local businesses, without whose generosity the auction could not happen.
  • The people of Kilkenny who donate so generously
  • Fellow members of the Lions Club who give hugely of their time each year.

He acknowledged that this year will be very challenging with a number of other fundraising events having to be cancelled because of Covid. They include the Schools Concert, Wine Fair, and sponsored Duck Race He announced a new fundraising event by the club which will use the medium of social media namely GoFundMe, to help compensate for these lost events.

Pat concluded by thanking again everybody for their support of the Lions Charity Appeal and he is confident that it will be a tremendous success

Brian  Cody congratulated the Lions for all their great work over the years and he was delighted to have been  asked again to launch the appeal with the Mayor, Cathaoirleach and the President of Kilkenny Lions Club.

He referred to the generosity of the people of Kilkenny who are never found wanting in helping the less well off in our community.

He also thanked the business community who every year donate a significant amount of items for the auction.

He concluded by wishing Lions every success over the Christmas period.

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Kilkenny Lions for St Vincent De Paul Xmas Appeal

Kilkenny Lions Club has supported St Vincent de Paul (and various other charitable purposes in Kilkenny) for the last 20 years through projects like concerts, street collections and various novelty events.

Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 these activities are not an option this year. Therefore, we have decided to hold a GoFundMe campaign specifically for St Vincent de Paul (SVP).

Visit the Site here to share or make a donation

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Kilkenny Lions Club to mark World Diabetes Day with awareness event

Kilkenny Lions Club to mark World Diabetes Day with awareness event

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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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