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In the first round of the Lions 5 Nations Youth Football competition, Carrigaline United AFC representing Carrigaline Lions Club scored an impressive victory over Rockmount AFC at Ballea Park on 2nd of January 2012. Rockmount were representing Cork Lions Club. In a close game, Rockmount were first to score but Carrigaline equalised before half-time. Carrigaline scored a second goal early in the second half but Rockmount continued to pile on the pressure and had some great scoring chances. However, victory on the day went to Carrigaline who now go forward to the next round. The Youth Football competition is sponsored by the Lions Clubs of Britain and Ireland and the Competition is sanctioned each year by the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish Football Associations and by UEFA. Any “Under 14” boys team playing in its local league, and affiliated to its County FA, can represent its local Lions Club in this knock-out competition. Initial games are drawn on a regional basis so as to reduce travelling time and costs, moving farther a field as the rounds progress. The Irish Lions District has its own District Cup with eventually the Multiple District semi-finals and Final being staged at prestigious professional stadiums. In the past, finals have been played at the City Ground, Nottingham Forest, Walsall, Ipswich Town, Port Vale, Telford United, Burton Albion, Rushden & Diamonds & Kettering Town.


Thanks to the management and staf at Janssen Biologics, Ringaskiddy who have donated 100 hampers to our Christmas Food Appeal. The demand is greater than ever this year as there are many families in very bad economic circumstances and thanks to this very generous donation, some of these families will get a little bit of relief this Christmas. The Food Appeal took place this weekend in Supervalu and Dunnes Stores Carrigaline and Centra Crosshaven. There was a tremendous response from the public in both towns and the food is currently being sorted and packed ready for distribution next weekend. A big thanks to all who contributed.

Pictured at the Janssen Biologics Facility at Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork during a presentation of 100 hampers each to the Carrigaline & District Lions Club and the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, were from left, Colm O’Rourke ; Anne Canniffe ; Pat Allen ; John Doran, President, Carrigaline & District Lions Club ; Anne O’Mahoney ; Kyran Johnson, Site Director, Janssen Biologics Ireland ; Tim Black ; Eleanor O’Mahony ; Bob McLaughlin and Anthony Muldoon.

(Picture: Adrian O’Herlihy)


Peace Poster Competition

Daniel Marnane, a pupil at Scoil Mhuire Lourdes in Carrigaline, has taken first prize in the local Peace Poster competition organised by the Carrigaline & District Lions Club and his poster will now be submitted to the district level where he will be competing with children from all over Ireland.

Over 50 children from various schools in Carrigaline entered the competition and an awards ceremony was held recently in the Carrigaline Court Hotel where prizes were presented to the top three entrants:

  1. Daniel Marnane, Scoil Mhuire Lourdes, Carrigaline
  2. Brian O’Leary, Scoil Mhuire Lourdes, Carrigaline
  3. Kimberly White, Carrigaline Educate Together N.S.

Some of the entries can be viewed here. At the ceremony, Carrigaline & District Lions Club President, John Doran, said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the children that entered. “It’s obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m very happy that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.” Continue Reading »

Carrigaline & District Lions Club recently made a presentation to Rev. David Armstrong who is leaving Carrigaline after serving the community for the past 11 years. Rev. Armstrong is returning to Northern Ireland with his wife June. Club President John Doran thanked Rev. Armstrong for his support of Lions events over the years and also for his involvement in Carrigaline community during his term here. The President also commented on the Rev. Armstrong’s well-known and brave work for peace and reconcilliation in Northern Ireland. Rev. Armstrong responded by saying that he had enjoyed his time in Carrigaline and thanked particularly his good friend Fr. Bertie O’Mahony P.P. who was also present. He said that he had made many good friends in Carrigaline and he was sorry to be leaving. However, he is looking forward to returning to Northern Ireland where he intends to continue his work of reconcilliation among the communities there. The presentation was also attended by some representatives of Carrigaline Senior Citizens who acknowledged the contribution made by June Armstrong.

Rev. David Armstrong with his wife June, members of the Lions Club, representatives of Carrigaline Senior Citizens and Fr. Bertie O’Mahony.


Club President Handover 2011

Outgoing Lions Club President Sean Duggan handed over the chain of office to incoming President John Doran at the July Lions Club meeting. The outgoing President thanked all the members for their support and work throughout the year.

President John Doran began by thanking Sean for all the work done in the past year. John said that Sean had been a very effective president and because of him the Club is more invigorated, structured and stronger. John plans to carry on the mission of Sean and develop the Club further with the help and support of the members throughout the year. 

The meeting also acknowledged the excellent job done by Brian Thoma over the past few years as Club Secretary. Brian is succeeded by incoming secretary Conor Phelan. Stephen Lawlor remains on as Club Treasurer.  After the meeting, club members and their partners met in the Abbey bar & restaurant for a buffet supper and some liquid refreshment.


Carrigaline Lions at MD Convention

Hundreds of members of Lions Clubs from all over Ireland and the UK gathered in Belfast last weekend for the Multiple District Convention. Their parent body Lions International has over 1.3 million members in 200 countries and is the world’s largest group providing community service, from Christmas food appeals to fundraising for disaster relief and initiatives to help local communities. The Lord Mayor of Belfast Cllr Pat Convery welcomed delegates at the Waterfront Hall on Saturday morning. Several members of Carrigaline & District Lions Club attended the event including IPDG James O’Sullivan, Lion Bill Teap and Lion Donal Browning.

IPDG James O Sullivan and Cathy O Sullivan pictured with Internatoinal President Lion Sid Scruggs III and Lion Judy Scruggs at the 2011 MD Convention held in Belfast.


Annual Charter Dinner

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The Carrigaline & District Lions Club Annual Charter Dinner was held on February 11th, 2011 in the Carrigaline Court Hotel. The event was well attended by members and friends. Guests included the current District Governor, Terence Mangan who is a member of Ennis Lions Club.

Club President Sean Duggan addresses the gathering of about 120 members and guests.

Four members of the Carrigaline & District Lions Club were awarded with one of the Highest Awards the Lions Club can confer, The Melvin Jones Fellowship. Pictured from left are Pat O’Sullivan ; Syl Duane ; Sean Duggan, President Carrigaline Lions Club ; Terence Mangan, District Governor, Lions Club of Ireland ; David O’Callaghan ; Colm O’Rourke and James O’Sullivan, Past District Governor.

CARRIGALINE LIONS CLUB-MEMBER OF THE YEAR – Pat O’Leary, pictured receiving his Award for Club Member of the Year in the Carrigaline & District Lions Club from Terence Mangan, District Governor , Lions Club of Ireland. Included from left are, Sean & Margaret Duggan ; Phylis O’Leary ; James & Cathy O’Sullivan.

(All pictures: Adrian O’Herlihy)

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Young Ambassador Competition 2011

Congratulations and Good Luck to Dawn Nolan, a student from Carrigaline Community School who will represent Carrigaline & District Lions Club in the regional finals of the Lions Clubs of Ireland Multiple District Young Ambassador of 21st Century Competition.

Pictured at the Interviews for the Carrigaline & District Lions Club Young Ambassador of 21st Century Competition, were, seated from left, Brian Thoma, Hon. Sec. ; James O’Sullivan, Past District Governor and Sean Duggan, Club President. Standing, from left, Vincent O’Donovan, Organiser ; Dawn Nolan ; Joe Campbell and Marie-Louise Disant, all students from Carrigaline Community School.

(Pictures: Adrian O’Herlihy)


Carrigaline Lions Club recently welcomed a group of 29 young people representing 20 countries who are on a visit to Ireland as part of the Lions International Youth Exchange Program. Members from the Carrigaline Lions Club joined with colleagues from Cobh Lions club to show the students around Cobh and Carrigaline.  The young people are sponsored by Lions Clubs in their home countries and are staying in Ireland for three weeks during which time they will travel around the country, meeting Lions clubs and seeing different aspects of life in Ireland.

The Lions International Youth Exchange Program provides young people (ages 16-22) with an opportunity to meet and share cultural viewpoints and participate in everyday life in another culture. Quite a few Irish young people also take part in the program every year and travel to various countries to develop a deeper understanding of other cultures.

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Carrigaline & District Lions Club is sending a group from Carrigaline, Crosshaven and Ringaskiddy to Trabolgan Holiday Centre as part of the Lions Clubs of Ireland Annual Senior Citizens Holiday Week. The group left Carrigaline today and will spend a week in the East Cork holiday centre.

Trabolgan Trip 2010

LIONS CLUB SENIOR CITIZENS HOLIDAY TO TRABOLGAN – John Collins, President of Carrigaline & District Lions Club, pictured with some of the local senior citizens and fellow Lions Club members before they departed for Trabolgan Holiday Complex in East Cork, for the Annual Lions Club of Ireland, Senior Citizens Holiday Week.

(Picture: Adrian O’Herlihy)

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