Litter pick with Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

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Photos from the Brythoniaid Welsh Choirs visit to Kilkenny

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Lions Golf Classic a resounding success for Kilkenny’s Alzheimer Day Care Centre

Presentation at Kilkenny Golf Club by Padraig Keegan, President Kilkenny Lions Club, of proceeds of Lions golf classic to Pat McLoughlin ,CEO Alzheimer's Society of Ireland for their Kilkenny Day Care Centre. Left to right ; Philip Tierney Lions, Liz Cleere Ladies Captain, Padraig Keegan, President Kilkenny Lions, Breda Burke Lions, Pat McLoughlin CEO Alzheimers Ireland, Rob O'Shea Mens Captain, Philip O'Neill Lions PRO, Maeve O'Flynn Lions, Rodger Curran Lions, Pat O'Hanlon Lions.

Presentation at Kilkenny Golf Club by Padraig Keegan, President Kilkenny Lions Club, of proceeds of Lions golf classic to Pat McLoughlin ,CEO Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland for their Kilkenny Day Care Centre.
Left to right ; Philip Tierney Lions, Liz Cleere Ladies Captain, Padraig Keegan, President Kilkenny Lions, Breda Burke Lions, Pat McLoughlin CEO Alzheimers Ireland, Rob O’Shea Mens Captain, Philip O’Neill Lions PRO, Maeve O’Flynn Lions, Rodger Curran Lions, Pat O’Hanlon Lions.

Kilkenny Lions Club held a very successful golf classic in Kilkenny golf club on Saturday 1st April.

All the proceeds of the classic went to the Alzheimers Kilkenny Day Care Centre in Cootes Lane, Kilkenny.

There was a great turnout and one of the prize winning teams included sporting legends Eddie Kehir and Noel Skehan.

Rob O’Shea, Mens Captain, and Liz Cleere, Lady Captain, Kilkenny Golf Club  said they were delighted that the Lions had their classic in Kilkenny Golf Club and they recognised the valuable charity fundraising work that Lions do throughout County Kilkenny.

At the presentation of the cheque to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Padraig Keegan, President Kilkenny Lions said that Kilkenny Lions were delighted that they had a full time sheet for their 2nd annual charity golf fund raiser and that it was fitting that the proceeds were going to the Kilkenny Day Care Centre. He thanked all the teams that participated, those who kindly sponsored tee boxes, Kilkenny Golf Club and the Kilkenny Lions Club organising committee chaired by Pat O’Hanlon.

Pat McLoughlin National Chief Executive of the Alzheimer Society, thanked the Lions Club and said that it was estimated that there were  50,000 people with Alzheimer’s or dementia in Ireland. He praised the Lions Club for all the wonderful fundraising they did to support local charities. He said the golf classic was a great example of how the local community rally around their own friends and neighbours who have dementia.   He praised the local fundraising and said that all the money raised would be spent on the local day care centre. He said services needed to be developed for both persons with dementia and their carers. He added that he would love to work with other statutory , voluntary and sporting organisations to make Kilkenny the first dementia friendly city in Ireland.    

 Philip O’Neill

PRO Kilkenny Lions Club

Padraig Keegan, President Kilkenny Lions with Rob O'Shea, Captain Kilkenny Golf Club.

Padraig Keegan, President Kilkenny Lions with Rob O’Shea, Captain Kilkenny Golf Club.

 

A number of the prize winners with Padraig Keegan, President Kilkenny Lions, Pat McLoughlin CEO Alzheimers, Rob O'Shea, Mens Captain and Liz Cleere, Ladies Captain and Lions members.

A number of the prize winners with Padraig Keegan, President Kilkenny Lions, Pat McLoughlin CEO Alzheimers, Rob O’Shea, Mens Captain and Liz Cleere, Ladies Captain and Lions members.

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Lions Club Delighted to bring Welsh Choir to Kilkenny

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Funds Distribution

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Padraig Keegan, President of Kilkenny Lions Club, distributed the proceeds raised from the Christmas Hamper Appeal and other recent fund-raising events to local organisations at a presentation in St. Canices Cathedral on Wednesday 7th December.
Amongst those local organisations that benefitted were:

St. Vincent De Paul
Kilkenny Social Services
Church of Ireland
Good Shepherd Centre

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 people of Kilkenny, both business and community, who contributed so generously and participated in this year’s appeal.

He also thanked the Moore family for use of their shop in Parliament Street as a collection point for Auction items.

He thanked all fellow members of Kilkenny Lions Club for their hard work and commitment over the year and in particular the past few hectic weeks in preparation for recent events.

Finally he thanked all of this year sponsors and in particular a number who make significant monetary contributions, namely State Street, Country Style Meats and Davy Private Clients, and hoped they will continue to support Kilkenny Lions into the future.

Other successful fund raising events were – The Wine Fair, Schools Concert, Street Collection and Carol Singing at the Rivercourt Hotel and Padraig thanked everybody for their participation and support.

This Christmas will again be extremely difficult for so many in our community and Kilkenny Lions hope that the money raised (circa €25k ) will assist in reducing the hardship some families are facing across Kilkenny City and County.

He concluded by saying it was truly a great team effort and wished everybody a Happy Xmas and New Year.

On behalf of the recipients, Kevin Donohue Area President of the St. Vincent de Paul in Kilkenny thanked the President and his colleagues in the Lions Club in Kilkenny for their support again this year. The Lions Club Hamper Appeal each year has been a great source of income giving us vouchers that we distribute to needy people and enable us to help meet the many demands placed on us at Christmas time.
The vouchers are distributed to over 20 St. Vincent de Paul Conferences in County Kilkenny.
This year demand is as high as ever. Despite some improvement in the economy there are still many families left behind. The main problems are winter heating, serious illness in families, school and college costs, high rents, scarcity of rented accommodation, and very often shortage of food.
All cases are evaluated and help given from our resources. Our volunteers work hard to ensure that no family is left short of basic needs at Christmas. As Area President, I again on behalf of all the recipients , thank the Lions Club who work so hard at fundraising each year in conjunction with KCLR and Kilkenny People

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Carol Singing

Lions Members and Friends Carol Singing in he Kilkenny Rivercourt Hotel

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European Young Ambassadors Programme

Lions Club President Padraig Keegan, Maeve Shaw and Lions Club member Marie Kennedy the at European Young Ambassadors Programme

Lions Club President Padraig Keegan, Maeve Shaw and Lions Club member Marie Kennedy the at European Young Ambassadors Programme

Kilkenny Lions Club invited young people across the city and county to participate in the European Young Ambassadors Programme, which operates throughout Europe and whose objective is to recognise, encourage and support young people, who are actively involved in the welfare of the community.
Marie Kennedy, Kilkenny Lions Club facilitated this process with Comhairle Na nÓg and the two main youth providers in the county, Foroige and Ossory Youth Services. A number of young people went forward for consideration.
The selection of Kilkenny’s Lions Club candidate to go forward to the regional finals was undertaken by an independent panel of judges who choose one young person to go forward to the Regional Finals in Carlow later in the month.
Padraig Keegan, President Kilkenny Lions acknowledged that the judging panel had a difficult task as Kilkenny is very fortunate to have bright, articulate young people who are full of commitment and enthusiasm and at a very young age are demonstrating leadership in their communities.
Maeve Shaw Kilkenny Lions Youth Ambassador won on Sunday 4th December the Regional finals in Carlow and now goes forward to the National finals in Dublin in January.

Padraig Keegan President Kilkenny Lions congratulated Maeve and wished her every success in the National final

UPDATE : Maeve Shaw Kilkenny Lions Youth Ambassador won on Sunday 4th December the Regional finals in Carlow and now goes forward to the National finals in Dublin in January.

Padraig Keegan President Kilkenny Lions congratulated Maeve and wished her every success in the National final

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Great Turnout at Wine, Beer and Whiskey Fair

A great night was had by all last night at the Wine, Beer and Whiskey Fair in the Wine Center in Kilkenny with over €2,000 raised –which will go to the less well off in our community.

Lions President Padraig Keegan, The Wine Centres Dara O'Reilly Daly and Lions member John O'Regan enjoying the night

Lions President Padraig Keegan, The Wine Centres Dara O’Reilly Daly and Lions member John O’Regan enjoying the night

Some of the crowd at the Wine, Beer and Whiskey Fair enjoying the night

Some of the crowd at the Wine, Beer and Whiskey Fair enjoying the night

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Lions Schools Concert

St Canices Cathedral will hum with music and song on Wednesday 7th December when the 23rd annual Lions Club Schools Concert takes place commencing at 7.30pm.      

Performing on the night will be:

  • Church Hill Orchestra & Choir
  • St John of God Choir
  • Gaelscoil Choir and Banna Cheoil
  • St Canices Co-Ed Recorder & Jazz Band
  • Kilkenny College Choir & Jazz Band

This is the 23rd year the Lions Club has presented its Schools Concert in conjunction with the Kilkenny People and KCLR 96fm.

All proceeds go to the Spirit of Christmas Hamper & Charity Appeal to help the needy of Kilkenny City and County.

Admission is €10 for adults and €4 for children with a family of 4 for €24.There will be a number of prizes drawn from the door tickets.

An excellent nights entertainment is guaranteed

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Wine, Beer and Whiskey Fair

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Lion Members Tony Joyce and Philip Tierney along with Lions President Padraig Keegan at the launch of the 18th annual Lions Club Wine, Beer and Whiskey Fair in association with The Wine Centre Kilkenny.

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