CARLOW LIONS CLUB
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Run with the Lions!
Spain might have their “Bull run” every year but this year you can come to Carlow to “Run with the Lions”.
Carlow Lions Club are organising a fundraising “Run/Jog/Walk over 10km/5km/2km course from Carlow Rugby Club on Sunday April 3rd with the 10km run beginning at 11am.
The “Run” is being organised in aid of “The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association” in memory of Carlow native Mark Attride who sadly passed away from the disease last November.
The Lions Club are delighted to announce that Netwatch, Carlow have come on board and are kindly sponsoring the race while Adrenaline Running Club are kindly sponsoring a prize of €500 for the first male home in the 10km run and another €500 prize for the first female home in the 10km run which is sure to attract a good crowd. There will be other prizes, also.
Registration is available online at www.popupraces.ie and costs €20 for the 10Km event, €15 for the 5km event and €5 for the 2km event. Tee shirts are available to those who register for the 10km and 5km events before March 18th. The prize fund for the 10km is bound to attract huge interest country wide, so to ensure that you are guaranteed your place on the day, you should register as soon as possible. Registration will be available from 9.30am on the day of the run if places are still available.
The 10km and 5km events will be chip timed and the route is along a relatively flat course which is ideal for those trying for new PB’s (Personal best times), “Couch to 5km” , those in preparation for the “Women’s Mini Marathon” or if you just want to get out in the fresh air and help a good cause at the same time.
So mark the date in your diary, go along to www.popupraces.ie and register to book your place and start walking/training!!
Our President Lion Anthony, fellow Lions, members of the Attride family and representatives of event sponsors Adrenalin Running Club and Netwatch at the offical launch of "Run with the Lions".
Pictured (Front,left to right) Stephen Attride, Lions Club President Anthony Farrell, Kate Attride, (Back, left to right) Lions members Sean Swan, Adrian Dunlevy, Gerry Redmond, Jackie Morley, Gary Flannery - Adrenaline Running Club (Sponsor), David Walsh & Niall Kelly - Netwatch (Sponsor), Lions Club members Pádraig Ó Ceallaigh, John O Donovan, Frank Mulvey, Bob Jeffers and Joe Costigan.
Lions Holiday to Trabolgan
Carlow Lions Club was delighted to sponsor 16 guests on the Annual Lions Holiday to Trabolgan Co Cork. The guests departed on Friday 5 June and returned the following Friday looking rested and relaxed after their action backed week long holiday. Pictured below are members of Askea Senior Citizens being welcomed home by their Coordinator, Marian Heary.
Pictured below are Betty Strong, Sheila Rogers and Eveleen Lawlor joining in the fun at the Lions Holiday Camp in Trabolgan last week.
Carlow Lions Club brings The Cube to Carlow
On May 8th last Carlow Lions Club presented TV’s ‘The Cube’ in the Seven Oaks hotel, Carlow for the very first time.
A total of thirty contestants played to represent clubs, charities, schools and other organisations across the county including: Gaelcholaiste Ceatharlach, Bumbulance, Saplings Carlow, Tullow Rugby Club, Graiguecullen seniors, minors and juveniles, Special Olympics Carlow, Carlow Vocational school, Fighting Cocks, Tir na nOg, Carlow Regional Youth Services, St. Marys Academy (CBS), Eire Og, the Fire Service, Down’s Syndrome Carlow, Bagenalstown Cricket club, Eist Carlow, Carlow Kilkenny home care and Carlow Lions club.
An audience of over 200 people attended to support their contestants and the event was hosted by comedian Alan Shortt. A thoroughly enjoyable night was had by all. David Ryan, President of Carlow Lions Club said ‘I would like to thank all of our participants and the local companies who have sponsored entries for our charities. Over 20,000 euro has been generated by this wonderful night and I want to thank all of the members of Carlow Lions club for their support in organising tonight’s event’
After a series of heats in The Cube, the four finalists representing Tullow Rugby Club, Eist, Gaelcholaiste Ceatharlach and Eire Og competed for a top prize of 2,000 euro. A nail biting final saw Ryan O’Neill of Tullow rugby club become the overall winner.
Annual Book Sale
As soon as the month of April comes around you can be sure that Carlow Lions Club's Book Sale will be back again! And yes, another very successful book sale was held this year with the proceeds going to the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team.
Carlow Lions Youth Ideation Camp
Carlow Lions Club recently ran another very successful Youth Ideation Camp with TY sudents from local secondary schools. The camp was planned as a one-day event and was tailored from a corporate scheme specifically for youth. It is intended to bring out their creative juices whilst also bringing real solutions to real problems. During the Ideation Camp the students had the opportunity to witness life as an adult in the real world where they will be working with others who they probably will not know and who they possibly will not like. They were encouraged to use their individual talents to work as part of a team and when they had completed the development of the team proposal to sell that proposal to others. This is a different method of developing youth and has been exceptionally well received in the past.
Our Tuesday night Social Dancing continues with great gusto and is still our number one project in the year. It is a night of great fun and entertainment for all that participate together with being an excellent fundraising vehicle for Lions sponsored charities. The Club is very proud of its success with this project which has been running for over 16 years now!
Sacred Heart Hospital Visit
Carlow Lions Club held another very successful annual party for the residents of the local Sacred Heart Hospital. There was singing, dancing and plenty of craic - Santa even dropped off a bottle or two!
Youth Award/Young Ambassador
Some great new!. Our Youth Award/Young Ambassador Candidate for 105-I, Orla Jackman from Tullow Co Carlow and sponsored by Carlow Lions Club was announced today as the winner of the Multiple District Young Ambassador Final held in Birmingham this weekend.
A massive congratulations to Orla who was competing with 11 other excellent young adults.
Orla goes forward now to represent Carlow and the Multiple District at the Europa Forum in Germany this October.
Lions to Host Holiday for 700
Calow Lions Club will host a group of 16 senior citizens from the Carlow area this Summer.
More than 700 senior citizens will be among the guests of Lions Clubs on a week-long Summer holiday in East Cork this year.
Details of the 35th Annual Lions Holiday, which takes place from 5th to 12th June, were announced to-day at a function in Howth, Co. Dublin which was attended by Pat O’Brien, District Governor of Lions Clubs in Ireland.
The holidaymakers, who are drawn from all 32 Counties, are sponsored by local Lions Clubs and are accompanied throughout the week by a team of Lions volunteers as well as specialist medical and support staff.
Guests are given an opportunity to avail of health checks during the week and there is a full programme of activities and entertainment.
The first Lions Holiday was organized in 1981 by Dublin Lions Club to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Club. The venue then was the Mosney Holiday Centre and it grew into an annual event organized by the Lions Clubs of Ireland.
Following the closure of Mosney as a holiday centre 2001, Lions moved to Trabolgan Holiday Village in East Cork where the holiday has since been located. Over the years Lions have hosted more than 30,000 guests most of whom would otherwise not enjoy an annual holiday.
Events scheduled for the 2015 holiday include dancing, competitions, supervised aqua aerobics, a daily walking challenge, bus tours and shows each evening. Minibuses and buggies are on hand to transport those with walking difficulties and medical assistance, including an Order of Malta mobile unit, is on hand 24 hours a day.
Says project chairman Donal Browning: ‘One of the great attractions of the annual Lions Holiday is that it allows the guests to network with their peers. They tell us that they really enjoy meeting people of their own age, exchanging anecdotes and their life experiences. In Trabolgan they can be completely themselves in a very safe and cared for environment, where all of their needs are met from medical, to food, to entertainment and activity’.
Lions District Governor Pat O’Brien paid tribute to the volunteers from all over the country who make the annual holiday possible. ‘Lions Club members have shown great enthusiasm, over 35 years in organising local groups for the holiday, accompanying guests throughout the week and fundraising to meet the costs involved. We are particularly grateful to the public who support our fund-raising activities’, he said.
Pictured are (from left) Lions Clubs Project Leader Donal Browning, Joe Smith, Gerry Langford, District Governor Pat O’Brien, Maureen Cahill, Dr. Richard Harrison Teresa Dineen and Brendan Doyle.
LIONS ANTI BULLYING CAMPAIGN
Carlow Lion Club together with Lions nationwide have launched a major national Bullying Information Campaign.
Specially commissioned information leaflets on bullying and cyber-bulling will be distributed to all houses with school-going children of vulnerable age by Lions Clubs throughout the country.
Lions will work with School Managers and Principals to effectively distribute the leaflets, 42,000 of which have already been distributed by 28 Lions Clubs during the pilot stage of the project.
‘School Principals have been very positive about the initiative and have given the project their full support’, says Pat Connolly, Lions District Suicide Prevention and Anti-Bullying Officer. ‘The leaflet contains vital information for parents including advice on identifying bullying problems, dealing effectively with a bullying issue and information on public policy in relation to bullying. A special section deals with the critical issue of cyber-bullying’. He also acknowledged the input of retired teacher Sean Fallon of the Anti-Bullying Campaign and a psychologist in the compilation of the text.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign Senator Lorraine Higgins said:
‘This leaflet is a must-read for those concerned about childhood and teen bullying but it is of particular use to parents. The leaflet outlines how to spot the signs of bullying and how to tackle the problem. In addition, it provides a wealth of details on the supports available’
Lions District Governor Pat O’Brien welcomed the campaign. ‘Bullying, and particularly cyber-bullying has become a major issue in our society and many parents are unaware of how to recognise bullying and how to respond. This Lions campaign is designed to provide all parents with the information they need’, he said.
Pictured at the launch of the Lions Clubs Anti-Bullying Campaign are (from left) Lions District Governor Pat O’Brien (Cork), Senator Lorraine Higgins and Pat Connolly, Lions Clubs Project Leader (Galway).
“THE CUBE” COMES TO CARLOW
Carlow Lions Club are bringing TV’s “The Cube” to Carlow for the very first time and your Club or Charity can use this the event to do some much needed fundraising.
Lions President David Ryan explains-“Players can use this opportunity to fundraise for their nominated Club or Charity culminating with them taking part as a contestant in “The Cube”. All monies raised by the player over and above their entry fee is for the benefit of their Club or Charity. In addition the players have an opportunity to walk away with one of four major cash prizes for their Club or Charity if they beat “The Cube” on the night!”
“Carlow Lions Club are delighted to bring this event to Carlow” says Project Leader Kevin O’Grady. “It is the very first time this type of event has been brought to Carlow and it gives us and other Charities and Clubs a fantastic opportunity for much need fundraising. Apart from that it promises to be a great night of entertainment with comedian Alan Short acting as MC. We hope to have a large crowd on the night cheering on the participants as they take on the various challenges in the Cube.”
For anyone interested in taking part in this once in a lifetime event simply send your contact details to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and register your interest now. The deadline for applicants is 16 March 2015 and positions will be secured on a first come first served basis.
ANNUAL TABLE QUIZ
A great turn out on a very cold night for our annual Table Quiz. Well done to Lion Joe Farrell for organising the project and acting as Quiz Master.
CHRISTMAS HOSPITAL VISITS
Christmas would not be the same without our annual Christmas Eve visit to St Dympna's Hospital! Thanks to Lion Costigan and his team.
Picured above are Lion President David his wife Audrey and fellow Lion O'Grady
All Lions in great singing voice on the day accompanied by former members of the St Leos Choir
The Club had another successful Food Appeal Collection this Christmas thanks to all our hard working members and the many vounteers that helped us out with the project. Congratulations to Lion O'Donovan for orgainising the project.
IT CARLOW VOLUNTEER FAIR
Some of our more "senior" members took part in this year's IT Carlow Volunteer Fair where the Club got an opportunity to publicise the great work our members do.
PRESIDENTIAL HAND OVER
Pictured above are outgoing President Pádraig Ó Ceallaigh congratulating our incoming President for the 2014/15 year Lion David Ryan
LIONS TO FIGHT JUVENILE OBESITY
Lions Clubs throughout Ireland are to join in the battle against juvenile obesity.
Liam Lyons, District Governor of the country’s 110 Lions Clubs said on Friday 7 March last that Lions would use social media to encourage young people to attend the Diabetes Screening sessions, which the clubs organise throughout Ireland.
‘We will also encourage parents to bring their teenage sons and daughters to the screenings’, he said.
Speaking in advance of Lions Clubs 45th. Annual Convention which takes place this weekend at the Talbot Hotel, Wexford, District Governor Lyons said that obesity among young people has emerged as a major health issue and is closely linked to Lions Diabetes Screening activity. ‘If we are to make a meaningful contribution to preventing the onset of diabetes among the next generation, we must make every effort to encourage young people to avail of Diabetes Screening, by actively marketing the service to them through social media’, he said.
Speaking about Lions service to the community, he said that Lions International is a total voluntary organisation in which every cent collected from the public goes directly and entirely to the causes it supports and the projects which it undertakes.
‘In this regard Lions stands as a beacon to the voluntary sector, setting for itself Best Practice standards in everything we do and funding all administration from the personal resources of members. If our Government is looking for a model on which the voluntary sector could also achieve Best Practice- then it need look no further than Lions International’, he said.
Lions Clubs, he said, must also be aware of ‘the phenomenon of the ageing society within which we live’
‘We are truly grateful that more of us are living longer, but we are also a population with incremental health needs with more and more people depending on the services of carers for their quality of life. In the true spirit of volunteerism, an estimated 187,000 family members act as voluntary carers in Ireland. These family carers are the ‘unsung heroes’ of our community, providing high levels of care in the home to loved ones who are highly dependent, including frail older people, people with severe disabilities or chronic illness, the terminally ill and children with special needs.
Recent years have brought many additional difficulties to family carers. They have been hit by numerous cuts to their income and services and yet they continue to provide over 3.5 million hours of care per week in their homes, saving the state an estimated € 4 billion each year. As such, they are the backbone of our health services and must be recognised for their tremendous contribution and roles within our society.
I believe that in the future more of our work will be devoted to serving our senior citizens and those who care for them. We have made an excellent beginning through our Carers Weekends and I hope that we can build on this initiative in the future. The Government’s National Carers Strategy published in 2012, which promises to value, recognise and empower family is a worthwhile initiative, but it will only produce real benefits when it is fully implemented- and we appear to be some distance from that goal. Meanwhile we in Lions must redouble our efforts to support Voluntary Carers throughout the island of Ireland’.
Governor Lyons said that while our Senior Citizens are of immediate concern, the future of this country lies with our young people. ‘Growing up in Ireland to-day is a generation which is better nourished, better educated and more cherished than any generation in our long history. These are the young people who will shape the Ireland of the coming decades. They are possessed with boundless potential and creativity, but these gifts must be nurtured and developed. Lions are providing such encouragement and incentive through the Ideation Camps which we organise in conjunction with Intel.
‘While it would be wonderful to describe Young Ireland as a happy, contented , healthy generation, we know only too well, this is not a reality. Far too many young people are lost to suicide and there is little sign of a lessening of this profound on-going tragedy. Lions are working to save young lives from suicide through our information project and by working closely with many organisations. We need to intensify this work and to involve every Lions Club in our District. Saving even one young life would make all the work worthwhile. Our Lions Suicide Prevention Programme has the potential to save many’.
Past President of Carlow Lions Club, Pádraig Ó Ceallaigh and the Project Leader for the Tuesday night dance, Michael Walsh, presenting a cheque recently to Bagenalstown Resource Centre. Also in the picture is former dance master Lion Mulvey.
Past President of Carlow Lions Club, Pádraig Ó Ceallaigh and the Project Leader for the Tuesday night dance, Michael Walsh, presenting a cheque recently to Cormac Lally of Midlands Simon Community. Also in the picture are Lions Mulvey and Dunleavy.
Carlow Lions Launch of Message in a Bottle Project
The project is aimed at older people living alone and those who are housebound or debilitated through ill health. Any person who participates is given a customised plastic bottle, complete with personal information form and three self adhesive Emergency Labels which indicate that the householder is participating in the project. Participants are requested to record their basic personal and medical details on the form, put the completed form into the bottle, place the bottle on a fridge shelf, and attach the adhesive stickers one to the fridge door and one each to the inside of the front and back doors.
If necessary, the information can then be quickly accessed by the emergency services and the time saved in accessing this vital information could make the difference between life and death.
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Gaelcolaiste Transition Year Students who attended the Carlow Lions Club, Intel Youth Enterprise Ideation Camp, which was held over two days , 22nd and 23rd Jan, at the Seven Oaks Hotel Carlow.
The three judges who's task it was to select the winning team are seated in the front row; - Edward Burke retired principal of Muine Bheag Vocational School, Eoin Kehoe President of County Carlow Chamber and Kieran Commerford CEO of Carlow County Enterprise Board. The Workshop was presented by members of Carlow Lions Club and facilitated by teachers from the Gaelcolaiste.
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